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Borderline cosy, but not bad.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-20

In spite of PI Kate Brannigan being a hard badass of a sleuth (well, not that hard...), this is borderline cosy. Enjoyable, yes. But not something I'd reread. Even the Christie-esque ending was light fair.

A likable protagonist and a GREAT narration made it a good listen. I may well try another book in the series.

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Wonderful indeed!

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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: 20-01-20

Anne Hathaway deserves every bit of praise she's getting. She obviously enjoyed narrating this book, and it shows. A truly wonderful performance that is a joy to listen to.

I only knew the story from the 1939 Judy Garland movie, so I was just a bit taken aback by the richness and length of the story. Loved every minute of it.

Great fun.

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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: 17-01-20

For the most part this is a great listen. Engaging, informative, eye-opening, surprising and sometimes laugh out loud fun. Some of the modern words may not be as interesting as the "older" ones, but this is still a great listen for anyone interested in etymology.

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Solid writing with usual Cussler flaw (the women).

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

Reviewed: 13-01-20

Solid writing of an adventure action story - as usual.
Female characters sidelined and ruled by their emotions - as usual.
Great narration by Scott Brick - as usual.

Unusually high demand for suspension of disbelief to enjoy the story completely. Still - quite an engaging listen.

Less is more...

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

... some editor should have told Haywood when reading this book. It's not bad, but it falls into the common time travel trap of the story tying itself into knots. Plenty of action and a wish to see how it all ends makes it a worthwhile listen anyway. The "Demolition Man" future is fun though. :-)

Carl Prekopp - Great narration as usual.

Story - OK. New character - great. Finale - WOW!

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

Reviewed: 21-10-19

The new character (Tango Two) is interesting. Much of the book is actually about her specifically. And I*m fine with that. Otherwise this "second act" is a bit slow. I liked the "Smurf" part though. :-)

I didn't like the ending - I freakin' loved it! The final hour was just amazing. Characters are well developed by the end of the book. The story however is far from predictable. I plan to listen to the last book straight away. A rare thing for me.

Narration is as good as before.

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Utterly fantastic first half.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-19

The rest is just too uneven to merit a higher rating. The premise and the buildup however is so bloody good that I know I'll listen to the following books in the trilogy.

Narration is very good.

Strange title - good book.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

Title is a little bewildering but never mind that. The book is still as good as ever. The previous book was really three short stories expertly sewn together into one book. This one is different. Mostly just one long chase and battle between two ships. Great stuff!

Christian Rodska goes a bit overboard (pun intended) with his Spanish accents sometimes. Still a terrific narrator though.

Masterful writing, disturbing story.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-19

The good:
Technically masterful writing.
Psychologically believable characters.
Disturbing but well handled story themes.
Narration.

The bad:
Disturbing story themes.
Drags on a bit.
"Stupid cop" trope.

The final fifteen minutes is all acknowledgements for the start of chapter lyric quotes (which were a good idea on paper but didn't really add anything to the book).

Great concept . So-so book.

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

Reviewed: 18-08-19

The fantastic concept of being able to create an artificial heaven that is activated when you die is truly amazing. Too bad it's not realized into a better book. It was hard to grasp. Overly burdened with morality quandaries and emotional, well - emotions. Narration by Imogen Church is just as emotional as the story. Fitting, but not really my cup of tea.

When the book changed tack about two thirds in I had hopes. Seesaw feelings and suspicions made it into more of a whodunnit thriller - but only briefly.

Not a bad book. I just have a feeling that it could have been a whole lot better.