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  • The Wych Elm

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

One night changes everything for Toby. A brutal attack leaves him traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his uncle's rambling home, the Ivy House, filled with cherished memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made. A skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By MS T. on 22-03-19

Awful ending, no resolution

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

Loved the book until the last couple of chapters then I hated it ­čśĹ
Felt like a total cop out as if the author didn’t know how to close the story
The narrator is excellent and probably saved it

  • Say Nothing

  • A True Story of Murder and Memory In Northern Ireland
  • By: Patrick Radden Keefe
  • Narrated by: Matthew Blaney´╗┐
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

A shocking true story of murder, extreme politics and the deep scars left by the Troubles in Ireland of the 1970s and the human consequences. A taut tale of murder, extreme politics, institutionalised violence and the deep scars left by such turmoil. In this powerful, scrupulously reported book, Patrick Radden Keefe offers not just a forensic account of a brutal crime but a vivid portrait of the world in which it happened. The tragedy of an entire country is captured in the spellbinding narrative of a handful of characters, presented in lyrical and unforgettable detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immense, powerful, exquisite and raw.

  • By Jings on 06-03-19

Immense, powerful, exquisite and raw.

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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: 06-03-19

I haven't 'connected' to a book in a long time as I have this one. It's beautifully crafted, it pulls no punches, but doesn't glorify, justify or condemn the history. I remember the horrors of the Troubles as a child, hearing it on the news, and this is a perfectly pitched perspective on a few characters involved.
If you read or listen to one non-fiction book this year, make it this.

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