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Cinderford, United Kingdom
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Somewhat different

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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: 09-10-19

I enjoyed this book very much, the subject matter was sad, but believable and not in the general run of other Diamond books, not going to put in spoilers. Well read by Steve Hodson

An early review.Do not start this book at bedtime!

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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: 09-10-19

I always fall upon Bill Bryson books as soon as they are published. This one is utterly enthralling from the first word. Read by Bill Bryson himself (what a lovely voice) the narrative kept me awake and thoroughly engaged until I was forced by tiredness to pause it at 4am. If I wasn’t so busy I’d be listening again now., my head is bursting with very interesting facts about the mysterious and wondrous human body,and I’m sure I will reread many times in future.

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So disappointed

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

Reviewed: 30-09-19

Sounded good,started well, became more and more convoluted then came to predictable end leaving quite a few things unresolved. Not my favourite.

Complex and upsetting story

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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: 07-09-19

It was, as usual well read , and occupied me with increasing discomfort until the inevitable end. I don’t really think I enjoyed it as the subject and characters were less than pleasant. However, although it was an interesting take on international justice, I won’t “read” it again.

Not sure what to think

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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: 21-08-19

Interesting premise, reasonable stories intertwined with main characters, but generally very unsympathetic group of people most of whom are thoroughly unpleasant. May try this author one more time.

Such wonderful convoluted fun

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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: 19-08-19

I am a thriller fan usually, but sometimes a need for a gentler theme requires satisfying. This is one of three books in the series written by James Anderson, and I sincerely hope he will write more. . Great charm and well sketched characters in this old fashioned country house style murder mystery, read by the estimable Cornelius Garrett, master of every voice. I loved it.

A lovely comfortable old style mystery

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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: 14-08-19

Really enjoyable, none of the blood spattered serial killing of modern thrillers, just a lovely mystery peopled with characters perfectly described by the delightful Cornelius Garrett. Wonderful.

About two hours too long

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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: 01-08-19

A good idea for a story, but ooooooh so drawn out as to lose Impetus and suspense. The husbands character is particularly irritating, dense as a brick, and our heroine whispers her way through the whole book, both characters repeating the same emotions over and over again. The best character sketch is early n the story when the art teacher starts his very unpleasant behaviour. Probably wont read/listen to it again

A very unusual book

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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: 29-07-19

I haven’t quite finished it yet, but am enjoying the story so much that I decided to review now. Set in early World War Two, the book is amusingly written by M R C Kadasian, and beautifully read by the talented multi voiced Emma Gregory. A sympathetic and likeable heroine, and a list of colourful characters made real by the reader, especially the appalling Dodo.

So disappointed

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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: 24-06-19

Started off quite well but became so improbable as to make the story nonsensical. Jonathan Keebles narration was, as always excellent, but even so it was a struggle to get to the end