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A treat

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

Reviewed: 28-12-19

This is one of the most moving and enjoyable audiobooks I have had the pleasure of experiencing. The writing is spare, exact and beautiful and Juliet Stevenson’s reading is masterly, capturing all the accents perfectly and injecting just the right amount of pathos . It was a real treat!

Enraging background music

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

Reviewed: 13-11-19

This book is interesting, if too America- centric for my tastes. MG takes a long time to make a couple of simple points- the argument is heavily padded and I was relieved when I got to the end of it. However the worst aspect of this recording is the tinkly- winky music that can be heard faintly in the background while MG is reading- it drove me up the wall. Please don’t do this on other audiobooks or you’ll lose a large chunk of your audience I’m sure!

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Affecting

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This book starts off simply using plain language and describing everyday events. As the book progresses one starts to get inside of the heads of the main characters and the accumulation of small details of their emotional lives gives one a deep empathy with their fates. An affecting read.

Delicious

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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: 01-12-16

This is a really lovely book, beautifully narrated. It is charming, interesting , wittily written and different to the run of the mill stories in that it is written from the perspective of older protagonists. This is one of the best audiobooks I have purchased. It is a pleasure to listen to as I drive around every day. Highly recommended.

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 29-10-16

Solomon takes the reader/ listener on a fascinating journey into the fraught lives of parents dealing with unexpected difficulties and the children facing those difficulties. The clarity of the authors thinking is spellbinding and his insights are memorable. I often found myself in tears at not only the sadness of some of the situations but at the amazing resilience and love shown by those struggling to make sense of their lives. It is a wonderful book, rich in experience, hugely broad in scope and movingly sensitive. Unreservedly recommended.

Perfect

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-11

I have read the novel at least 5 times over the years but hearing the words read in Juliet Stevensons beautiful and flexible voice has added a unique new pleasure to the enjoyment of this great story. I found it perfect!

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Fabulous

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-11

I need to refute the previous review. The range of Jason's voice and interpretation is astounding. As for the story and how it is written, never fear. This is a long and engrossing historical novel with plenty of wide panaoramic views and attention to romantic and period detail. Situations are described in their essence and the flavour of the time thoroughly captured. The spiritual aspect of Tolstoy's tale is as gripping as the unfolding of the events.It is fabulous!

9 people found this helpful