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This Holiday Was Hard Work

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

Reviewed: 14-08-19

The story is poor. The protagonist is conveniently unable to get to the bottom of her husband's texts from an apparent lover. I didn't buy it for one minute as, again conveniently, she lurches from suspect to suspect. I'd like to write a spoiler about the ending but perhaps - judging from other ratings - you might get to the ending. I wish you well.

The only saving grace was the performance of the narrator.

Let Down By The Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-08-19

Whoever chose the narrator did neither the author nor the story any favours. I was so close to abandoning this book because of his lazy, uninspiring performance.
The story was okay if more than a little far-fetched.
I won't be going back for more.

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Well-written but predictable

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

Reviewed: 28-07-19

I suppose I should have known - nuns and priests and Magdalen laundries...but if you can accept the cliches of the situation, it was entertaining enough. I won't be hurrying to Tom Reynolds book 2 though.

Far-fetched and tedious

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

Reviewed: 28-07-19

I've travelled to Kinloch several times but it's not a journey I'll be making again any time soon. The story was ridiculously far-fetched. Jim Daley might be ill in bed but he outperforms GCHQ - honestly - in tackling international terrorists, this is after thwarting Nazis and heaven knows what else. The humour in the books has always been laboured and heavy-handed and I just can't take any more. Sorry

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Worth the wait...just

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

Reviewed: 23-05-19

For me, the story took a long time to really get going...and I'm not sure the prologue helped as it told the reader where the story would go if not why. And the 'why' seemed increasingly clear to me - if not to Erin.
I could have done with a few less 'oh, I'm so stupid' moments, when clearly she has just done something stupid. I know these moments drive the plot but was there any need for her to realise, five seconds too late, what she had done.
And then there's the narration. Catherine Steadman might be an actress and has narrated other writers' work but her style seemed way too relaxed. she'd be great at bedtime stories but this isn't one.
Having said all that, though, the story was well told and ultimately satisfying.

What's In a Name? Far too much.

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

Reviewed: 18-05-19

The complexity of this book, in terms of character and relationships, left me behind. Adding to this is the fact that many of the characters adopt aliases for their wartime exploits. Then there's their children, grandchildren and time jumps. And to be honest, I didn't find it worth the effort, although I did stick with the book until the bitter end.
The best aspect of the book was the way it portrayed the bravery of the French resistance and the allied spies who worked with them. Other than that - forget it.

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Nearly So Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

John Grisham is a brilliant story teller and for 98 per cent of this book, I was hooked. I enjoyed it and learned a lot about pre-war USA and World War Two that I didn't know. Grisly but riveting stuff. Beautifully narrated.
And then (SPOILER ALERT) the ending. I presume Grisham's making a point or trying to make the reader think...but that's not why I read Grisham books. I want to be entertained and, ultimately, satisfied. But this ending came out of nowhere. I feel cheated after dedicating over 17 hours to listening to the story. Sigh.

Bleak thriller but even bleaker narration

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

This is a particularly bleak serial killer story...perhaps a little too closely linked to the first book in the series...but it is completely ruined by the narration. James Alexander could even make Happy Birthday sound like a death sentence. There's plenty of light and shade in the writing and absolutely none in the narration. Alexander even makes the chapter numbers turgid. What a shame. What a disappointment.
The more I listen, the more the narrator gets on my nerves. His speech...is...slow - the book would probably be nearer 12 hours with a decent narrator. He also emphasises THE wrong word - like a morbid Chandler Bing. I never want another...book...READ by this man.
Okay: spoiler alert
This isn't a stand-alone story. As well as having to catch up on the first book, it's also unresolved at the end. Fortunately, I don't care enough to buy the next one.

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Wanted to like it more.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

The only thing that stops this book being enjoyable for me is Imogen Church's narration. Most of the time she's fine - good, even - but when she has to perform a male in power it reminds me of nothing more than a small child trying to mimic a pompous adult. She puts on a ridiculous voice and tends to...speak...very...slowly. Pity.

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What a Disappointment.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Having really enjoyed the first two Orphan X books, the overwhelming mawkish sentimentality in this overwhelmed the story. Sorry. Hated it.

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