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Difficult to listen to at times.

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

I downloaded this expecting the usual recipe for an enjoyable listen from Heidi Swain. As usual the main characters were interestingly drawn and the first meetings left me wanting to know more.

The middle of the book was almost excruciatingly difficult to listen to, as Lottie ignores all but one voice with the obvious disastrous consequences. It was a relief to get to the end and I shall be having a rest from Ms Swains writing for a while.

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Hugely entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I was recommended this book by a non cycling friend who enjoys travel and likes a good read.

It is beautifully written and narrated, and was gone in a flash as I couldn’t put it down. Hugely entertaining, I found myself chuckling as I listened whilst weeding the garden. Very little weeding was actually done as I found myself on a cycling journey in France.
I particularly enjoyed the lovely anecdotes of the french.

I sent this book to a cycling friend who I hope will be inspired to travel by bike with me. Perhaps even to France.

Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-18

Well written with just the right mix of love life and food to keep the interest throughout.
I’m just off to get my olive oil.

Well paced action and believable characters.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Stephen Leather created believable characters and scenarios in this well paced read.
I loved the uncomplaining lead character and the sense of danger and fallibility. The determination to succeed in a male environment and the relationships that she was able to build.
I’d love to read more stories featuring this character. So good to have a female lead role and well read by Bea Holland.

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The best of the series so far.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-16

I like the way the author uses a prologue to introduce story characters. The story builds interest with complex interplay of the characters of the series alongside the story characters.
The series characters continue to develop in the background, with links to the other books in the series, (though these are explained so the story stands up on it's own merit) this gives depth to the books.
The story line is interesting and builds suspense to a gripping climax.
Storytelling at it's best and very difficult to put down.
Can't wait for the next one...

Great suspense until the end.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-16

Well written. Elizabeth Corley continues to develop the main characters that appear across the series.
The story unfolds slowly, keeping you guessing throughout the book.
An enjoyable roller coaster that is difficult to put down.

A great listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-16

A roller coaster story line that twists and turns to keep you guessing. Gripping suspense throughout.
Not my favourite narrator. I find his voice a little harsh, though he differentiates between characters well.
An enjoyable listen despite this minor irritation. I will be listening to the next book in the series.

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Great to have Spider Shepherd back again.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-16

Perhaps not the most original plot of the series, but certainly of its time and relevant today.
As usual fast paced and enjoyable. Great opportunities in the story for the next book. Can't wait for Stephen Leather to write it.

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Gripping from the first minutes to the end.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-16

The title of the book almost put me off reading it. It was only that I had just finished the China series and enjoyed them so much, I thought I'd give Coffin Road a listen.
The narrator is excellent as always.
The opening minutes of the story tease you into the narrative. I couldn't help but put myself into the same situation in my imagination.
As the story unfolds the interplay of characters is fascinating.
The plot twists and turns unpredictably, fast paced and difficult to put down.
I listened to it in a day and feel bereft now I've finished.

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Another twisting and turning plot

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-16

Continuing the development of his central characters Peter May has taken me again to the streets of Beijing and back in time to the Cultural Revolution.
Masterful storytelling that I couldn't put down.

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