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Horrific performance

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I couldn’t listen long enough to enjoy or otherwise the story. The actress’s performance and voice put me off so much that I deleted it after one chapter.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

Gripping and amusing with historical background. Can not recommend enough - read it! Whimsy and humour.

Absolutely loved this! SO well narrated

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This was a great read; I got hooked into the intricacies of the plot more and more as time went on and as the consequences of the central actions unfolded. Furthermore, I now love this talented narrator and need her to voice everything I read.

Absolutely gripping

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Just brilliant. Kept me guessing til the end and so well written and interesting. Ben McIntyre’s books just get better and better.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

Three very separate parts. As a fan of ‘Eat Pray Love’ I had high hopes. But instead we are exposed to the lengthy ramblings about a not-particularly interesting character and her obsession with masturbation, which gets very old very quickly. The plant interludes are interesting, but I wish I had followed my instincts and given up after the first hour.

Unputdownable

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

I devoured it in a weekend. Absolutely brilliant, best thing I’ve read since Apple Tree Yard. Cannot recommend enough!

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

Navel gazing and melancholy times. Unlikeable characters and predictable outcome.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

It felt like a bad play that you didn't have the energy to walk out of at the interval just in case it didn't turn out as you expected. It did.
Unlikeable characters going monotonously through all the questions everyone ever has about a young love which doesn't work out. Just made me feel sad for the world. Disappointing, especially after The Rosie Project.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Brilliant and gripping

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

Really recommend. What would you do if you met a stranger who stole your identity and left you with his. Really interesting characters and beautiful description and moments of intense suspense.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Offensively terrible reader for a good book

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Would you listen to The Lake House again? Why?

No as the reader was horrific - Australian acent mocking Cornish accents made me feel actually offended as a Cornish listener. Would she be able to parody another nationality like that?

How could the performance have been better?

Better reader. Set in England with English characters. Australian reader is the wrong choice

Any additional comments?

A bit cliched and surprisingly simplified coincidences at the end but a good story generally

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Boring and very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 19-07-15

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Was really looking forward to this book but instead of focusing on her life it was detail-less and generic. The speaker read in a monotone and it made me fall asleep and lose where I was. Didn't even finish it.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother with this. Some excellent historical biographies out there. This wasn't one of them alas.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful