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unfortunate feminist adaptation

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

Reviewed: 04-01-20

My first thought was that it wasn't what I expected, moving the setting to WW2 didn't upset me it was just different [until I suspected it was just to make Mary a single mother], but then I was struck by what I'll call "the aggresive feminist agenda" [and just as a note here, I'm not male] and I just thought "Why?", why do modern producers/directors feel that they have to politicise everything? It's based on the Peter Pan characters, but I wouldn't call it by Barrie.

The voice acting was excellent, but this is a children's story, aimed at primary school age children and frankly I wouldn't let a child of mine listen to it because it actively promulgates a political agenda. There's a section where Wendy, I think, literally complains about being oppressed by males, which is particularly jarring, as is Mary's behaviour to Nana. There was a subliminal impression that she had to lose her children in order to learn to behave better.

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Gave Up

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-20

Unfortunately, I gave up on the book, because I thought the narration was terrible. Perhaps it gets better as other people have given this high marks, but to me it sounded like the narrator was reading a shopping list. I couldn't get into it at all, it was just one long, monotonous drawl to me.

Awfully slow

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I quite enjoyed the first book but this fantasy based on sleeping beauty was quite dreadful.

Firstly, I didn't like the narrator, emphasis was frequently in the wrong place as though she didn't understand what she was reading and some of the pronunciations and accents were eccentric at best.

Secondly, the pacing was slow. Four hours in nothing has happened until you get to chapter 9, and what I was expecting to be a fantasy devolved into a virtue signalling exposition of social history. YAWN!!

Thirdly, characterisation. Marina was a whining child in a time a girl of her age would be expected to be an adult. I couldn't stand her and had zero sympathy, which is a tremendous fail in a heroine.

Irritating

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

I really wanted to like this but found that instead of 3 separate stories, each was separated into the original BBC episodes, with attendant irritating music and credits between each. The music is so loud that I had to keep turning the volume down and when I turn it up to listen to the speech sections every so often it becomes really quiet and you can't hear what's being said. The constant interruptions just irritated me and ruined the story.

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