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Impressive, compelling reading

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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: 18-01-20

This is some seriously good writing. One of the few audiobooks that I could not fall asleep to.

The narrator did a superb performance. I've heard some of her other work and she is very gifted.

But the world building, characters and plot ... oh, my, I had forgotten how good Brookmyre can be. I do enjoy a Sci-Fi backdrop for the stories I read, so I was interested when a good crime/thriller writer moved from their usual Earth-bound scenery to the wilds of space. It has worked out wonderfully in this case.

Romantic fluff, but cerebral, humorous fluff.

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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: 29-09-19

The world Effie Calvin has created is beautiful and nuanced.

She introduces it so wonderfully through the eyes and minds of her characters.

My only gripe is the narrator chooses some off-beat pronunciations of fairly ordinary English words.

Very, very nearly unbearable

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

The things that got me to the end are: the narrator and some plot elements.

Every sex scene made me want to delete the file then and there. The made-up language sections were only just tolerable.

I don't know how I finished this book. The author is going on a list of "never agains".

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Interesting story, some awkward storytelling

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

Reviewed: 17-08-19

I like the stories written by this author, but when listening to the audio, there are some repeated phrasing that rankles, and takes me out of the action. I've noticed it several times with some of the author's other works. In this book it was the phrase "well that's the question, isn't it?", and variations on it, that kept cropping up too regularly. A minor gripe, to be sure, but one that could be easily addressed. Otherwise, a fine enough story. The rather similar formula to most of Benjamin's stories makes me think I might stop reading them. --SPOILERS-- Powerful (often absurdly so) women, beautiful cast of main female characters, body modification, mind control/coercion, naïve neophytes, dark plots unfolding in the background, troubled mother/daughter relationships... Up to now, there have been enough minor twists to keep me reading/listening, but the book series are starting to feel rather same-y.

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The series has been sci-fi-fantasy brilliance

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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: 01-06-19

First things first: the narrator is absolutely superb. Genuinely good, clear accents, emotive delivery ... just fantastic. I'll be looking out some of the other stories they've narrated.

A narrator is nothing without words to speak, though. These are some of the best words. I was in tears for about the last third of this book. The whole series has been engaging, and I can see so much possibility in the world/universe that Mark Lawrence has created - both past and future, to make more epic forays into the world of Abeth.

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The story deserves six stars.

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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: 13-10-18

Finnemore is a comic genius. The blend of slapstick, wordplay, observational comedy as well as blending in a superb plot. It is, as Arthur would put it "Brilliant"!

Reasonably engrossing

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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: 04-08-18

However, a little more editing might have removed the repetition of the words obsidian, unholy, miasma ... there were a couple others that stood out.

Otherwise, not too shabby at all.

Cracking narrator

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

A curious story that occasionally jumped and lost me for a moment, but overall, I felt compelled to keep listening.

I am looking forward to the next part of the series.

Quite satisfying

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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: 13-03-18

Take Dune, make it more comprehensible, modern and pacey. Throw in a wide-ranging cast of characters. Yes, it is a good recipe, well executed.

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I cried so hard.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-17

I'm not sure I want to hear another story like this. It was heartbreaking, but in both happy and sad ways. I think I'll need a month or so to recover from this story before I try another.

Some of the coincidences the story relied on stuck out a bit much - I know in real life coincidences do happen, but the one that wraps it all up strained my credulity a bit more than makes me comfortable.

In all, a good story, performed expertly.

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