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Confusing thriller

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-18

I considered giving this book up several times, but managed to stick to the end. The narration was excellent, and the acting quite good (apart from the not-so-belieavable screams throughout), but the story lacked solidity. I never really understood anything of what was going on, other than that people in an asylum were being chased around and murdered by someone unknown to them. It was meant to be scary, but actually, the only thing that gave me the bumps was the background music. Perhaps if I listened to it one more time, things would become more clear, but I doubt I'll have the patience to listen to it again.

A psychological drama right to the end and beyond.

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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: 06-01-17

Ok, either you hate this book, or you love it! I loved it, because it was different than all the other books I've listened to, and the narration was very good. Go on and listen to it if you are not one of those who will analyse it to pieces (because there are some issues, albeit tiny ones, but they don't stand out if you don't think too much ;-)
I thought the story was great, the pacing excellent, and most importantly, I enjoyed the ending, which wrapped the book up nicely.

Weird and wonderful...

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

I expected a story of murder and mystery, which in effect it was, with its dark and evil context of missing and abused children, but at the same time, the story was one of love, intrigue, drama and comedy. I'm still not sure if the "slap stick" humour fits this genre, but I guess it made it a little easier to listen to, psychologically. I felt that the narration was a little forced at times. But all in all, it was a good story, with a nicely resolved ending.

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Disappointed!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Well, what can I say… I had been looking forward to this book, but the narration was so bad I couldn't continue with it!! The story is probably interesting, but I couldn't rate it with more than one star since I didn't get to listen to all of it. Sorry Audible, but I did give it a good try!! :-(

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My favourite so far!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-15

This book was brilliant!! It's like a mixture of comedy, drama and sci-fi, with warm humour throughout the whole story. A mathematician has a nervous breakdown and thinks he's from another planet, then he has to learn about being a human. The narrator has done a fantastic job, making the book a treat to listen to! An absolutely well spent credit if you want a book that takes you on a deeper level despite sticking to the surface! :-)

A poetic mystery love story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-15

I remember seeing Julian Barnes interviewed on TV once, talking about his book, "The sense of an ending", and I was thinking "wow, I want to read that one day!". And now I have and all I can say is "wow, I'm so glad I bought it on Audible!" Because it is a wonderful, powerful, poetic story about a man's life, which leaves you wanting more after you have finished it. And that's what good books should do. The plot is bizarre, yet uncomplicated (when you (like the main character Tony) finally get it). The narrator is the perfect choice. All in all, it is a book well worth a credit, if you enjoy deeper leveled novels.

F-f-f-f-fantastic!!!

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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: 28-08-14

This is a truly lovely story about a boy (Dylan Mint) with Tourette Syndrom, who struggles to accept his condition, but has everlasting support in his best mate at school (for children with various issues). It doesn't help that he finds out he is going to die in March and that his mother's new boyfriend, the taxi driver, keeps parking in his dad's parking space. The book is full of wonderful characters, who all seem to have their own agendas, but yet are closely knit and dependent on each other. You get to like them all - except for the bullies! The humour throughout the book is both dry and sweet, but is put to good use as Dylan Mint is full of hormones and bears at times profound thoughts about sex to do with that girl he is so in love with… "When Mr.Dog Bites" is a warm and funny story about friendship, honesty and having to cope with rare conditions, such as Tourette.

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Brilliant - as always.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-14

I love Boyd's books. They are captivating, informative, romantic, dramatic and beautifully written. "Restless" is of course no exception! You get thrown straight into a juciey, pacey thriller; it's like opening a bag full of your favourite lollies and it takes you over 10 hours to finish it! Sit back, or do what ever you do when you listen to audio books, and ENJOY! :-)

Let's hope it doesn't come to this!

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

Reviewed: 16-08-14

I can't say I imagine the world ending like it does in this book, but the story did keep me entertained throughout -despite the fact that I don't particularly like sci-fi/zombie type literature. The positive fact is that we aren't exactly being spoon fed any of the important information - we are always left guessing until the appropriate moment when things are explained…and everything gets explained in short bursts throughout. Some information went straight over my head though, like the doctor's medical garble, but somehow I knew this wasn't going to ruin my experience of the book. I might in fact listen to it again now that I know it better…it's like when you see a film for the 2nd time and get those extra bits of information that makes it even more enjoyable to watch over again. Speaking of movies, I could easily see this book being made into a movie. It has that sort of feel to it; good guys/bad guys fighting the evil forces side by side; people being chased by man-hungry non-humans; finding food and shelter in an apocalyptic setting, with quite a number of lucky escapes thrown into the equation..etc.

"The girl with all the gifts" is a very appropriate title, but at times I felt this girl was a little too intelligent for a 10 year old, and as for her being trained to use radios and weapons during what felt like a short coffee break…well, these parts made me chuckle slightly. But oh well, let's just say that M.R. Carey has written a nice and pacey sci-fi thriller, which some will hate and some will love, and some will sit on the fence not quite knowing whether they liked it or not (like me).

The narration was good, although I felt it lacked a more appropriate voice, someone who possibly could have managed to create even more tension and mystery, and be able to divide the characters a little better. Or even better, a full cast audio production, with sfx similar to "The Child" would have made it totally awesome… Next time, maybe?

What a great way to learn Spanish!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-14

I have enjoyed all 3 Learn Spanish books equally, and although I'm aware there is a 4th, I would like to see further books for learning more advanced Spanish language. From what I understand, the 4th book is a review of the first three books, but I am hungry for more challenges and to delve deeper into the grammar and vocabulary! Paul Noble- if you read this - make some more please! 3 (or 4) aren't enough!! :-)

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