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Wonderful

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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: 10-08-20

It took me about 10 minutes to get used to things then I was hooked.

Gripping

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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: 02-08-19

Well written, well read, compelling narrative. . One of the best books I've ever had on audible.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-04-19

Didn't really live up to the hype. I found each story interesting but not compelling.
I also found the privileged creaky voice of the narrator profoundly smug and annoying.

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Totally absorbing

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

Reviewed: 30-03-19

I found this to be a wonderful book and was gripped by the collection of compelling narratives. I felt a privileged observer of the complexity contained within real life human stories and found myself returning to think about each character and to listen to sections again. Some stories made me laugh, more than one brought a lump to my throat, if not an actual tear to my eye. You do have to be interested in the human spirit to enjoy this ride, and perhaps also ready to learn about yourself along the way. The author, in his role as psychologist, gives great insight into the intellectual and emotional challenges of this role and portrays himself with a searing honesty which is both touching and reassuring.
I recommend setting an automatic stop at the end of every chapter as the narration does not give you much time to reflect between stories and instead just races onwards without drawing breath. This is a shame in my opinion, as the denouement for each character warrants at least a moments pause.
My one other criticism is that on several occasions the narrators voice suddenly became very robotic, then would inexplicably return to being characterful and human. It was almost as if someone was experimenting with introducing a computer generated voice to plug some gaps. Weird. Or perhaps that was just me

Engrossing

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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: 25-02-19

Binge listened. Very easy to stay interested. Narration good with an even toned and sincere voice.

Worthy

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Struggled with the narration. In spite of the rich complexities of the subject and the seemingly endless achievements of the author, the tone and rhythm of the voice is unfortunately the main thing I will take away from this book. Hopefully other things may rise to the surface later but I was relieved to finally finish this and might just have slept through some of it.

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Atmospheric

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

I bought this on the strength of the other reviews and although did not find it as gripping as many have appeared to, I did listen to the end and enjoyed it overall. A passionate narration although my attention did wander at times, however it was a good story that built to an exciting denouement. Glad I stuck with it. Some chapters were very compelling.

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Compelling narrative beautifully read.

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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: 30-01-15

If you could sum up Elizabeth Is Missing in three words, what would they be?

Gripping. Touching. Delicate

Who was your favorite character and why?

Undoubtedly Maude was my favourite character. I loved how the story switched from past to present. I became absorbed in her thought processes.

Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I heard Anna Bentinck before in The Bone Clocks and enjoyed her performance then. I was pleasantly surprised to come across her again. Fabulous reading. Full of sensitivity and character. I always knew who was talking and felt that she gave real and consistent authenticity to each personality.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Unforgettable

Any additional comments?

I think I have enjoyed this book the most out of all the ones I have listened to so far. In my opinion the only thing that lets it down is the epilogue which I felt added nothing to the plot.

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Kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 15-01-15

Where does We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This probably ranks lower than some of the other books I have listened to. It held my attention and I am glad I chose it, however I finished the book not really caring about anybody in it.

What other book might you compare We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves to, and why?

I wouldn't compare this to another book. It came with a certain amount of hype attached to it which influenced my choice. If you are interested in sibling rivalry then this is for you.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Katharine Mangold?

Probably not. I found her voice slightly depressing but then that could have been the subject matter.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, partly to get it over with.

Any additional comments?

Well written and thought provoking. I pride myself on usually being able to guess what is coming but I was surprised by the twist.

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Very entertaining

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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: 15-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook mainly because it was a total pleasure to listen to. The narration was excellent and full of character. I am a fan of David Mitchell (having read The Bone Clocks and also Cloud Atlas) and I wasn't disappointed with this either.

What did you like best about this story?

The story takes you through a range of episodes that take place over a year in a young boys life. l liked how you were able to understand things from a range of perspectives in spite of the innocence of the narrator.The story comes full circle and ties up loose ends at the conclusion. There are subtle complexities in the plot that hint at David Mitchell's later novels. Some poetic patterns emerge in the storyline that are very interesting and there is a character set up here that appears in The Bone Clocks. I enjoyed discovering that.

What does Chris Nelson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I was totally convinced by this narration. It was the perfect marriage of voice with story. I involuntarily laughed out loud on more than one occasion. Lots of character and life. Really good.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was touched by this story but probably found it more amusing than otherwise. As stated before, found myself suddenly snorting in response to the delivery of some of the one liners.

Any additional comments?

I did occasionally wonder what age range it was written for as it is a type of "coming of age" story. However I loved it anyway and was sorry when it had finished. Recommended.