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Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 18-09-19

This is a well told soap story. Lots and lots of scene setting, character background etc. Nothing eerie, nothing supernatural. Though an interesting queer coming of age story it just wasn’t satisfying, I was expecting more drama maybe a splash of something unworldly.

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As wry and eloquent as you would expect

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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: 19-06-19

This is a wonderful glimpse into the world of British Law beautifully read. This is a joy to listen to. Measured, thoughtful and amusing. Can’t recommend it enough

Wow. I hate sports but this was great

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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: 09-06-19

I’ve never watched a hockey game or boxing match in my life but this is great great story telling. Fantastic! I highly recommend it.

One of the best books on food and eating written

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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: 12-03-19

This is a fascinating and eloquent book beautifully written and beautifully read. Not only is Bee Wilson an accomplished Jounalist but she and her loved ones have suffered in their relationships with food. So this is one of those rare discussions weaving in culture science and her own intelligent reflections. I know this is an exceptionally good review but this book deserves it. I’m sure you will enjoy this if you are at all interested in food and changing how you eat.

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Brilliant book but the narrator is dreadful

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

What did you like about this audiobook?

This book is one of the most beautifully written and compelling essays on happiness that I have read. I loved it. Truly wonderful. If you are interested in our complex relationship with happiness I think you will find this satisfying - it is a joy to read. But read it you must, I'm afraid. I recommend you avoid the audible version. Brown thoughtfully deconstructs our modern ideas of happiness, traces their history and meticulously sifts through and discusses the most compelling threads of philosophy that might be useful to us. It's one of those books that leaves you feeling happier than when you began even though your circumstances have not changed. I think it is safe to say Brown has spent a lot of time contemplating human nature and it shows in this book

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

If you enjoyed Status Anxiety than I imagine you will enjoy Happy. It has the same meticulousness, the same sweeping overview, and tight arguments. And a wicked sense of wry humour threaded through.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

BEWARE - the audible version is dreadful. It is read in the style of a very uncertain and patronising adult reading Thomas the Tank Engine to a very small child and doing a poor job of it. It is unlistenable to. I tried it a couple of times, by reloading the Whispersync narration halfway through the book again, in case the pantomime performance was just nerves and the narrator had settled down but no, sadly, just as exaggerated, singsong and miscalculated. Awful.

Do you have any additional comments?

Please re-record this fantastic book. Can you talk Brown into reading his own words?

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An astonishing tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you consider the audio edition of West Cork to be better than the print version?

I haven't read this book but the audio version weaves such an intriguing soundscape I wonder if much of the atmosphere would be lost in the printed version. Though this is a factual retelling and exploration of a yet unsolved murder it has all the hallmarks of listening to a long traditional piece of fiction. This is an audio series to be savoured.

What was one of the most memorable moments of West Cork?

There were a number of memorable moments but what struck me most were some of the twists that arose. I stood in my kitchen more than once and exclaimed "no way, your joking!" I completely empathise with why the authors spent years working on this story.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

It was low key, very natural, focused and easy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the interviews with the now adult son of the victim were very moving

Any additional comments?

This was fascinating, complex and intelligently told story. West Cork, Ireland in general and the personalities of so many involved in this frustrating case were handled with empathy that gave depth to the interviews. The music is great. All in all, for anyone interested in crime, or true crime, who dislikes the overhyped drama in the genre will find this series to be a quiet gem. It is really wonderful and I highly recommend it.

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Oh just wonderful

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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: 20-01-18

I was listening to this walking through the gloomy London street in winter with a shudder down my spine and a grin on my lips. If you are too greedy and listen to the whole thing at once you will notice similarities in the plot and monsters probably outnumber ghosts. That said Gatiss is wonderful, truest wonderful. If you love a fireside tale get this

Rhaya Jordan

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Reviewed: 24-07-17

Wonderful! A fascinating and ultimately hopeful look at life death food and hunting. Beautifully read, filled with facts that are all embedded seamlessly into this story of eating only foods you kill yourself. Inspiring. Every meat eater who has ever wondered about what is on their plate should read this.