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A great start to a series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-20

I'm very pleased to have been recommended this series. Already I'm learning a lot about the history of the British in India. In addition it's a good detective story with some unpredictable turns and interesting characters. The writing style is lively. I look forward to following Sam Wyndham in Calcutta.
I started with the Kindle edition and added the Audible version. That was a good move. Simon Bubb's narration was perfect. He expertly differentiates the characters. I'll look out for other books narrated by him.

The best NF book I've read in years.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-20

This is a brilliant book for several reasons. The information on the importance of sleep is life changing - not just for those who think they sleep poorly. The length and quality of sleep affects health, learning, memory, creativity and much more. Sleeping too little is not admirable but dangerous. The writing style is clear and accessible. Difficult concepts are made easier to understand by Matt Walker's gift with analogies. I very much enjoyed the descriptions of experimental design. Popular observations were scientifically verified by clever and valid experimental studies.
Matt Walker describes how lives are limited and damaged by reduced sleep quantity or quality. He gives advice on how individuals can improve their sleep and therefore their lives. He also suggests how society might change for the better by encouraging better sleep - schools, universities, hospitals, workplaces could all make considerable gains with small changes.
I switched between the Kindle edition and audio. I recommend reading rather than listening. The narrator sounds more suited to a nature programme plus you miss diagrams and graphs.

Interesting volume of practical information

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

Reviewed: 13-06-20

Extensive research has enabled Daniel Levitin to offer considerable practical advice on ageing well. It's a lot to take in and will need revisiting. The audio version means missing out on almost 100 pages of notes and references. I'd recommend the print version instead or as well.
It became somewhat irritating how American it is. I felt towards the end that I was bombarded with strings of US medication names, products and procedures. Maybe this would be less apparent in print.

overlong

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

Reviewed: 10-04-20

I've followed and enjoyed the whole series, but found this one to be drawn out too far. The characters remain engaging. Jane Collingwood's narration is appropriate, setting the tone. But I kept being surprised at how much more of the book was left. Has the series reached its limit?

a good story

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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: 17-01-20

I've enjoyed Peter May novels and recommend this one too. Fast moving and unpredictable. Interesting character. Could he reappear in a sequel?

Good to revisit the characters

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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: 07-01-20

For followers of this series, rather than a stand alone. This 10th meeting with the family enabled me to appreciate this slow moving story which had all the family moving forward and resolving issues alongside crime solving.
The narration was clear and appropriate.

Wonderful narration

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

Reviewed: 19-10-19

Michael Sheen is exceptional. He really brings Philip Pullman's characters and story to life. I am very much looking forward to hearing part three. This part doesn't stand alone. It links closely with the previous book and the original trilogy. It doesn't end. No plot lines are concluded. This made the abrupt ending unsatisfactory.

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good story but needed editing

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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: 04-07-19

This was an interesting and convoluted story. I moved between Kindle and Audible. I enjoyed the story which was well written but it was too long. Whole chapters could have been edited out. Interminable pages on Bertie nearly made me give up.
The two main characters were both unappealing. Neither was admirable. However the developing narrative depended on this. Olivia was self obsessed. Vivian was mentally disturbed by her own obsessions.
The loose ends and the strange ending I thought were positive.

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

An optimistic but not clichéd narrative. It did seem overlong. Zoe and Martin had an excess of extreme misunderstandings. The last few chapters were the best so don't give up! It's no match for "Rosie" but worth listening to.
The male narration was better than the female, probably because it didn't include embarrassing accents.

Moving & engrossing

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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: 06-07-18

Great to follow Eleanor as her life changes. A sad situation which is not a sad read. The narration was excellent.