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Enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-17

This was a most enjoyable book. I really want to give it four and a half stars! Steven Pacey, as ever, is a superb narrator. It certainly took me into a world I knew very little of, and gave me more understanding and empathy. It is gently amusing, has pathos, and with great characterisation. Recommended!

One of the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-17

I found this a truly wonderful book. It is gentle, but so thought provoking. Beautifully narrated - it will stay with me for ever.

Feeling a little bewildered

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

Reviewed: 24-01-17

I am somewhat bemused by the fact that my opinion is so out of line with hundreds of reviewers. This was an audible recommendation, and the fact that such a large number of people raved about it made it think it would be the book for me.

However, it did not engage me much at all, let alone make me weep; I don't think I'm just hard-hearted - plenty of stories affect me enormously. The emphasis was on the storyline, rather than characterisation. The characters were all very good or very bad and I couldn't really connect emotionally with them, or indeed the situations they found themselves in. I found the writing rather simplistic and hackneyed, and the story predictable and somewhat saccharin. It also annoyed me that I felt so much had been borrowed from the wonderful film "Philomena", where the characterisation was brilliant and the heartstrings really tugged.

I shall hopefully succeed in returning to storylines and characters with much more depth in future!

10 people found this helpful

An amazing book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-16

A truly amazing tale, superbly narrated. A very original, absolutely haunting story, that grabbed me to the very end. Could it happen? So thought-provoking and it will live with me for a very long time as I continually mull it over. This is not my usual genre, but turned out to be one of my favourites ever.

1 person found this helpful

A very special book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-11-16

This is a very different and very special story. There is an element of gentle, gradually unfolding mystery in it, but the real emphasis is on the different characters and personalities living in the street. All is not as it first seems. Everyone has their flaws, their secrets and their prejudices. It is all too easy to judge and lay the blame on a different doorstep, even whilst living with the secret of a terrible deed done oneself. A truly sensitive view of people's thoughts and feelings, and an illustration of how all too easy it is to jump to conclusions. Wonderful descriptive and unusual prose that made me want to linger on so many different phrases. The narration really brought it all to life and inexorably drew me totally into the story.

Just simply superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Most books I have enjoyed on audible. Some I have really loved, and a very few I have not liked. But this book is quite something else. I just adored it, and am so sorry it is now finished. The characters will live with me for ever - they are all wonderfully drawn, even the minor ones. It is mainly the stories of three main characters, drawn into one story, all interacting and affecting each other deeply. It did make me cry, but it is a beautiful story.

At first I did find some of the descriptive narration a little difficult to follow at times; but do not let this put you off. It is superbly narrated, with all the different voices and characterisation shining through. I am very pleased that I listened to this book, rather than reading - not something that I always find.

I shall certainly listen to it again - and again in the future.

2 people found this helpful

Brilliant

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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: 20-12-15

what a superb listen! I laughed and cried my way through it, often waking up at night to listen to just a little bit more..... At first I was thoroughly enjoying it, but then was afraid the story was about to follow a very stereotyped pattern. Not at all, fortunately. A wonderful interplay of relationships, damage and triumph with all characters really coming to life.

The book could have ended several times along the way, and the advantage of listening, rather than reading, was that I was never sure how much more of the story was left, or if it was nearing its conclusion. Ok, I could have looked to see how many chapters it comprised, but it was much more of a surprise and joy in this way.

I have loved two of Jo Jo Moyes other books, really hated one, and been ambivalent about some others. She seems a rather patchy writer, but has really hit the jackpot with this one. The narration is absolutely superb; it just couldn't be better and immensely added to the enjoyment of this story.

39 people found this helpful

Not very enjoyable

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-15

Having just loved Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, I couldn't wait to hear this story. But I'm afraid I was disappointed. I found the characterisation somewhat shallow and the story a little trite. I also found the narration rather patronising and glib. Maybe this was what spoilt it for me to some extent.

1 person found this helpful

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-15

I don't normally go for alternative world books, but this had me completely hooked. I enjoyed it so much. Very thought-provoking, just what could have happened if the Germans had taken over. Exciting, scary, and certainly with its darker moments. This was the first C.J. Sansom book I read, and I couldn't wait to read more. I have been telling all my friends about it, and recommending it. Right up there as one of my top books.

Fascinating and Moving

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Reviewed: 27-04-15

A great story and narration about what it was like for women in China in the nineteenth century - a world and seeming centuries away from life in Britain today. I was transported and totally immersed in this alien and fascinating culture. An informative, deeply moving tale beautifully told.