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Lovely story, well-written and beautifully performed

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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: 22-03-20

I found this story entrancing. It’s well-written and appears to be well-researched. Katy Sobey’s reading of the novel is beautiful and entirely believable. My only criticism is that, after a slow build, the story seemed to end rather suddenly — not abruptly, but without the depth of description presented earlier in the novel. I would recommend it nevertheless.

Storyline spoiled by poor narration for me

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

Reviewed: 16-02-20

I enjoyed the story, particularly as I got further into the book, but it was marred for me by poor narration, especially in the first half. The upper class English accents were dodgy to say the least, and I found them distracting and annoying.

Easy-listening, enjoyable story — lovely for a holiday

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

Reviewed: 02-02-20

It took me a while to get into this novel. I wondered at first where it was going, but after half a dozen chapters I settled in and really began to enjoy it. The structure is interesting and the story well written. The characterisation is very good on the whole and I found myself caring about the protagonists and what happened to them. I liked the narration in the main, but some of the deep voices for the men seemed unnecessary and a little annoying. Much better than simple “chick lit”, I would recommend this book for an easy-listening, enjoyable experience — lovely for a holiday.

Lovely story slipping backwards and forwards through time

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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: 27-11-19

I thoroughly enjoyed “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” and found the premise of the story fascinating. The main characters are well-drawn and the structure of the story is unusual but repays the reader’s full attention. Historical details feel ‘real’ and leave me in no doubt the author did her research meticulously. My only slight criticism is that parts of the story in the second half of the book seemed a tad too long, but all the loose ends were tied up neatly in the end. Joanne Froggatt is a very good narrator and helps to bring the tale to life.

A lovely story, well-written and well-performed

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s well written and well-performed. I found the ending a little disappointing, but otherwise a lovely story.

Too angst-ridden for my taste

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

Reviewed: 28-10-19

For me, the book was too long, too wordy and too full of angst. I stuck with it because the reviews were good, but every time I thought this was a good place to end, there were six more hours to go, four more hours to go... The narration improved during the last third of the book, but could have been better earlier on.
Sorry, not one I’d recommend.

Gentle writing and an enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its gentle writing and insightful story. I felt the characters (certainly the main characters) were pretty well-drawn and mostly believable, while the evocative landscape was described beautifully. I listened to the audio book following surgery and found it quite lovely.

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Well-written, well-plotted and enthralling

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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: 18-02-19

I listened to Robert Glenister’s excellent reading of Robert Galbraith’s third thriller in this series and I was enthralled, engrossed and in awe. The writing is superb and the plot ingenious - with a twist I really didn’t see coming. I would thoroughly recommend this book to those who love thrillers - but a word of warning: the subject matter is gruesome and shocking in parts.