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Do not bother!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I normally love Cecelia Ahern's books, but this book was totally pointless. The story was so boring, it was as though characters were dropped in for no reason other than to fill pages. I only persevered because I thought it would get better.....it didn't.

The narrators were good, but what can you do with such utter drivel. I finished the book and thought ???????????? I bought the latest book BEFORE reading this one, now I am thinking - will I even waste my time on it.

I would not recommend this book, but her earlier books are worth a read.

Maybe I should have read and NOT listened!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-19

I really enjoyed this story and the twist at the end....but the male narrator was appalling!!!

His Manchester accent wasn't great but his female voices were laughable, his narration for his girlfriend's voice was CRINGE, he made her sound like she worked on some dodgy adult phone line. If I hadn't been enjoying the story, I would probably have given up - glad I didn't.

I personally would recommend you READ this book rather than listen to it, but many other reviewers loved the narration?

Another good listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-19

I love the narrator Jonathan Keeble, this is another fantastic performance from him. I have really enjoyed this series and although I did enjoy this latest book, it is probably my least favorite.

Webbley was very different in this book and to be honest quite annoying. She questioned and challenged Cody's every move, despite him being her boss, I also found the clown story lost some of its creepy feel, to the point they were almost chatty on the phone? Not sure if it is just being dragged out a bit too long.

Overall I enjoyed the book, but found the previous ones better.

Very Disappointed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-19

I was really looking forward to this book, as I didn't know much about the Obama story before they entered The White House and I always enjoy a book more when the narrator is telling their own story. However, this audio book did not even come close to my expectations, it was extremely boring and the narration was very slow and monotonous....zzzzzz

I have been listening to this book now for over a week and I only have one hour left, but I just cannot bring myself to listen to it a minute longer. I kept thinking the next chapter would get interesting - nope, it just droned on and on and on! I normally listen to books whilst driving to pass the time, this is the first book that made my journeys feel longer!

I have listened to 18 hours of Michelle Obama talking and most of it was just drivel - I would not recommend this book, unless you have insomnia then it could be a great sleep aid.

13 people found this helpful

Not for me this time

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-19

I normally LOVE Mel Robbins books, but this one just felt contrived. It is 'real' sessions with various people who are held back in achieving their goals due to the fears they hold. On some sessions Mel appeared to coax them into saying how they felt, by a strange coincidence, she too had the same fears/traits as each of the 3 sessions I listened to (I think there are 6)

I will be returning this book, I persevered with a few sessions in the hope it would improve, but to be honest the people just seemed to whinge, with no real issues that needed solving, it was like they just wanted to meet Mel Robbins, so said all the things they thought she wanted to hear, it even made me doubt they were real - it was nothing like Kick Ass which I absolutely loved.

I hope Mel does not churn out any other mundane books like this, stick to the coaching that you are absolutely brilliant at. Make people think differently to bring about change in their life....but not this nonsense with people crying because they had strict parents and they only got 93 in a test - Jeez!!!!!

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Amazingly Honest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Well done Melanie B, so honest and so sad in equal measures.

As the title says 'Brutally Honest' it is shocking that someone who is perceived as so strong, can be so manipulated....but there is no doubt, this is exactly what happened. Stefan is a true control freak and should be ashamed at how he treated them all. It must have been so scary for Phoenix, who was too young to be able to help her mum.

This must have been so difficult to relive, the story was written and it flowed so well, the narrator did a fantastic job. It definitely seemed to be Mel B's story and the truth just shone through.

My only issue is with the comment that she believed she was hiding the horrific situation from the children....I do not think this is truly what she believes....it may be a mother's guilt, but she MUST have known it was affecting them. Having said that, there is no doubt she loves her children and should be so proud she has come out the other end, Melanie you are an inspiration, thank you x

Well told, grim in places

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This story was well told even although a lot of it was pretty grim. It was interesting to get an officer's perspective, normally it is the prisoner's side you read about. I absolutely love the narrator, have listed to a few from him and I feel he made it very believable.

We need to take the author's word that he was as 'fair' as he says, but the job certainly affected not only him and his health, but also his family. I wish them all the best for the future....but seriously reflexology??????

It is people like Neil Samworth who should be involved in advising on changes and improvements to the prison service, he has lived and worked in it, with many valuable years of experience and knowledge of what does and doesn't work.

Good.....ish!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-18

Overall I enjoyed this story, however some parts were just ridiculous (the Charlotte story & character were completely unbelievable). There was a lot of twists throughout, but one of the reviews revealed the end twist which really spoiled it for me.

The female narrator was very flat, especially the Simone character, but the Detective Inspector's voice was hilarious (not intentionally though), she made him sound like Boycie from only fool's and horses!!! The male narrator was perfect for his character

I would try another book by this author, but a different female narrator. It was a page turner and really made my long journey to and from work pass very quickly....hardly even registered the traffic jams.

Book 1 of a great series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Had not read any of this author's books previously, so glad I stumbled over this one which lead to me immediately reading the next two in the series.

Great story and absolutely fantastic narration, would highly recommend.

Good, but not Great

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-18

The narrators did a fantastic job I would give them 5 stars!

The story was good, however you were left to make up your own mind about where the Facebook posts were coming from and the rushed ending has really annoyed many of the listeners...it just fizzled out, no twist, no drama, no effort

Overall, I enjoyed this book, but would really have liked a more exciting build up to the end to what was a good story.