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Disappointing

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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: 23-05-19

I read this a few years ago because I love dystopian books. I read it straight after reading 1984 and I remembered finding it a bit boring. I thought maybe it seemed less amazing just by comparison with 1984, so gave it a second go. On a second reading I still found it a bit un-enthusing. Still worth a read, but doesn't live up to the story's potential in my eyes.

I appreciate this book was written in a "different time" however it is quite sexist, in a way that other books of this age / older are not. For example the only women in the book are Lenina, the love interest who only exists in that capacity, her friend who only exists so Lenina can discuss the men with her, and then Linda who's purpose is to be hideous and unattractive. All of the important characters which have any substance to them are men. It is irking that in this future society where men and women equally promote and engage in "promiscuity" that the narrator still sees this as the women giving something away and the men taking it.

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Much better than the film

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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: 23-05-19

Firstly I would say that I watched the film because I loved the concept, however I found it quite boring and couldn't really identify why. I also found the ending of the film unsatisfying. I subsequently read the book, and I am glad I did. It is much more interesting that the film. You are given much more time to get to know the characters and the whole plot just makes so much more sense (even though it is roughly the same outline).

I really liked the concept behind the book and I felt it was well executed. Zombies are an over done topic however this book brings something new to it. I really like the "scientific" basis to the disease, which has some foundation in reality hence does not come off as completely ridiculous. A really fun easy read.

Enjoyable, but will not become a favourite

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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: 23-05-19

I read this because I recently read Tess of D'Ubervilles for the first time and it instantly became a new favourite of mine. This doesn't have quite the same level of drama / plot twists. Essentially the whole way through I felt that I was enjoying the book fine, I just didn't really know where it was going or what the point was. This didn't really change by the end. I didn't feel like I was overly "rooting" for anyone, or for any outcome, but it was pleasant to read.

Entertaining

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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: 23-05-19

As per Stephen King's prologue, I think this book would fall under the category "good trash". It is entertaining and better written than many books of a similar genre. My biggest criticism is that it can be a bit painfully obvious at times that it is written by a randy straight guy. The sole description of two of the women in the book is that they had "giant jaloobies" or "huge jaloobies" (not paraphrased...), the sheer quantity of references to breasts that he manages to shoehorn in is really quite something, and in general he provides overly extended descriptions of female anatomy whilst completely skimming over describing their male counter parts.

Amazing mystery

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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: 26-04-19

The plot of this book is so clever and the characters are amazing. Would recommend to anyone.

A new favourite

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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: 26-04-19

I found the first one and a bit chapters quite hard to follow but the book becomes much easier to comprehend in chapter two. I would recommend going back to read the first two chapters again once finishing, to add context to them.

Really enjoyed this book, lots of twists and drama and the characters are great. If you like books like Jane Eyre you’ll definitely like this.

Good but not dramatic

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

The beauty in this book is how subtle it is. I think some people would find it a bit boring for this reason. I think this is one I will enjoy more upon re-reading.

Try to avoid spoilers before reading

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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: 11-04-19

A lot of the enjoyment in this book is the slow way in which you find out about the world it is set. If you had already watched the film I am not sure if it would be as good.

I really enjoyed it, although I wasn’t too attached to any of the characters.

I didn’t like the narrator much, I found her accent / mild lisp irritating although I guess it did suit the story.

Great book, well read

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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: 09-04-19

Thandie Newton was a really good choice to read this audiobook.

The story is a classic and I think is much more exciting and dramatic than people expect it to be.

Trashy but basically enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

A good beach read if you don’t want to have to switch on at all. Not well written and the characters are more caricatures... they have no real depth or believability. It is distinctly odd at points (deliberately so), but not in a clever or insightful way.

If you can ignore the above it is still quite enjoyable. The reading is the best of any audiobook I have listened to (which is a lot) and definitely adds to it.

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