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Graeme from Preston

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Funny and life affirming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I don’t usually read contemporary romance comedies but as this was recommended to me I gave it a go. It is fabulous. Humorous but natural dialogue and monologue with relationships forming the tension, but with serious issues giving a solid backbone. Well worth a listen as the narrators are top rate.

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Classic adventure

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-18

The classic adventure on the high seas is slightly inconvenienced by Ishmael’s cod science and philosophical ponderings. Narration was great if a little ‘hammy’.

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Nice idea and characters

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-18

The idea of a new deadly disease is exciting in its plot possibilities, and the characters are well rounded (though I couldn’t believe Hunter put up with her husband for a second after he got nasty). The rest of the plot is a bit derivative unfortunately.

Compulsive listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 17-12-17

It was very hard to stop listening to this story which starts as a drama then weird questions arise before tingling fear right at the end. Superb writing.

Great idea but lacks character

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-17

The idea of mail@graemehurry.com easily attained other Earths is s great concept to extrapolate with. Unfortunately I felt the scope Baxter tried to detail failed to give us characters to care about. Although there are many refreshing ideas the story failed to fully resonate the human experience this situation would invoke. I'd probably prefer a slower build up.

Tying up the loose ends, marred by lazy narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-17

The story does little but tie up the loose ends of the time travelling Alex with little extra suspense. However it was the narrator who annoyed me more. He sounded at times like he was reading a text in class with emphasis and breaks in totally the wrong places making the listener work to imagine what the author meant.

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A book of two halves

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-16

The first part about life in a coal mining village is excellent. The second half is a commentary on class and politics and is finely tuned predictions which are half right and half wrong. The main stumbling block for me wad the narrator who talks with an overt contempt which sounds more like a bigot than balanced philosopher. He seems to have taken a view that the book is a diatribe against nearly everything. A judgement you nat not get when reading the book neutrally.

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Brilliant book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-16

You can tell it was written for episodic publication, but the slow understanding of a wolf-dog is a wonderful insight. Any child hoping to own a domesticated animal should read this to get a feeling of how to treat it and how it feels.
The ending brings a tear to the eye but for one not in a bad way. Well read and essential reading.

Entertaining if a little far fetched

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-16

Within its own context this is a lovingly written story of betrayal, political lies, underestimation of salt of the earth characters and bloodshed. The fact the plot becomes very far-fetched is a minor consideration.

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The supernatural breaks through

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Reviewed: 30-07-16

An excellent, well written crime novel. But at this point on the series the supernatural bleeds through so it can't be denied any more. Previously there were hints of ghosts seen from a world beyond the living, but these could have been dismissed as psychological effects of guilt. No more. The Fallen angels live amongst us. Delighting in nightmare horrors. Charlie Parker falls unwillingly into the role of protector. But can one guilt ridden man save humanity from an evil so hideous it was banished from heaven and is beyond God's redemption? Let's hope so.

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