LISTENER

Anonymous

  • 6
  • reviews
  • 14
  • helpful votes
  • 54
  • ratings

Failed to take off

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

Reviewed: 30-06-19

Kate Atkinson is very strong on characterisation, the lives and backgrounds of people, scene setting and location description all this makes her books extremely readable. This book has plenty of this and one or two nice cameos particularly the crude stand up comedian. The book however, should revolve around Jackson Brodie a driving force, a go getter a solver of crimes. Instead it falls flat. At the first sign of action Jackson appears lost and bewildered. His subsequent detection input is scant and at the finale instead of leading the game he is merely a bystander. Its not that I expect a macho whirlwind but I could have done with a little more drive. The story finishes but not the book. During the last half hour one expects a little tidying up but it goes on and on. The narrator was absolutely brilliant and really got under the skin of the characters. Sorry folks, as an avid reader of Kate Atkinson, this one just didn't do it for me.

Another brilliant book from this author

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I can only say that I whole heartedly agree with all the five star praises for this book. The quality of writing, great story and a superb narrator in Robert Glenister, I could not put the book down. Greatly looking forward to the next book..

Not up to past standard

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

An average plodding detective story not her usual quality. The relationship with Willow was neither here nor there and I did not feel that there was any intense feelings on either side, It was as if the writer was in a hurry to tie up all the loose ends. After all the plodding, the detectives suddenly knew who done it but you are left floundering as to how they came to that conclusion. I have read and enjoyed virtually all of Anne Cleeves books but this one just does not do it for me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Hooked on Brookmyre

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-17

So far my genre has been Crime and Thriller but was getting fed up with plodding detectives. I looked around for a writer of wholesome stories and found Chris Brookmyre. what a find. This story with an unusual setting held me and carried me along at an unflagging pace. The story is well plotted and totally believable. The narrator was brilliant. All in all a superb read which I could not put down. Just finished Black Widow with equal satisfaction.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

What's the hurry?

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

Reviewed: 16-11-17

Reasonable story but more of the usual romance and relationship problems than a who done it, and nothing constructive happens until the last pages. I found the language a little twee, a bit like the old movies. What really got to me was why does the narrator gallop into the next chapter without taking a breath? It takes a moment or two to realise that, without a break, we have moved into a different situation. A small gap to indicate a change of direction would have helped. I have read 2 of her books and, if I am looking for a light read, I will try another.

A wonderful book the best I have read for ages

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Would you listen to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine again? Why?

I would certainly listen to the book again. The book is so heart warming, it has everything from loads of humour to the depths of pathos. Well measured and flows like silk.

What about Cathleen McCarron’s performance did you like?

This narrator is brilliant, she moves from character to character effortlessly. Its hard to believe that it is the same narrator speaking as she moves effortlessly through the various accents. If I could give this narrator 10 stars I would.

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

Eleanor's inability to fathom social nuances creates some wonderful humour, at the same time you feel you want to help her find her way.

Any additional comments?

This is not just a woman's book. My wife's friend loved the book and I downloaded it and thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife listened later on my ipod and felt the same way. This is a must buy.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful