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Shameful

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

If this truly is the way that Virgin cabin crew behave it is disgraceful and they should be ashamed of themselves. The tales of drunken debauchery are a little hard to believe. Methinks that the stories have been heavily embellished to make the book more exciting to read, I doubt that it is true in real life.
I know a few cabin crew working for various airlines and the shopping trips are very true.
True cabin crew would never call themselves "dollies" since they consider it a derogatory term. We already knew that Richard Branson personally vets his dollies before employing them, which in itself is disgusting behaviour.
I had to listen to this book in small bites to get through it.
I wouldn't recommend it, it will make you feel sick to your stomach, particularly if you fly a lot.

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Love the Story, Hate the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you like most about The Portrait of a Lady?

The story was very involved and rambling. A true work of art.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator, for the most part, sounded out of breath. It was very offputting.

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Would make a great film

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-16

Would you consider the audio edition of A Little Life to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version. However, I prefer the performed audible version of most books. This one in particular gains a lot in narration, giving extra personality within the performance

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little Life?

When Willem finally decided to declare his feelings for Jude.

Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favourite?

All of them but particularly Jude. The way the book is written and consequently performed, you are actually listening to Jude. You feel his emotions all the way through

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

In places it made me laugh and in places it made me cry. Very moving book. I could, however, have had another 10 chapters and more. One of those books that takes hold of you and never lets you go

Any additional comments?

One of the best books I have had on Audible in over 12 years. Amazing literary experience

Great book, terrible narration

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-16

Would you listen to The Road to Little Dribbling again? Why?

I usually listen to Bill Bryson's books more than once simply because of the way they are written, the wry humour and the general observations

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was terrible. The mis-pronunciation of place names, particularly of those in Wales. Perhaps the narrator could have looked up the pronunciation since he obviously did not know how to. River Wear for example, in County Durham, mis-pronounced. The welsh mistakes made me cringe and I am not welsh!

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

Laughed a lot in places

Any additional comments?

Bring back William Roberts!

Struggled with This

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-15

Found it tedious and uninteresting. Sent me to sleep on dozens of occasions when trying to get through it

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Great story, poor ending

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-15

Fabulous narration by the wonderful Caroline Quentin. Brought the book alive.

Too abrupt an ending, though

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Very Very Beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Beautiful, poetic, dramatic, spellbinding. One of the best books I have ever read. Should be made into a film.

Absolute Joy to Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-14

Fabulous storyline and characters. I have never cried so much, not ever, over a book. It has had me in fits of laughter and crying my heart out in places.

Pitiful

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-14

Truly grating storyline. The most stupid abrupt ending as if the author suddenly decided she couldn't be bothered to write any more.

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Accents are Awful

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-14

The narrator's attempts at accents are appallingly bad. Her English accents are diabolical. The child Emma starts off as if she is from the slums of the East End of London and ends up with a true Irish accent.
The book itself is fabulous, as one would expect from Nora Roberts

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