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Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

I found the beginning of 'Jerusalem' beautifully written but worried that I would not be able to cope with 60 hours of the same. However all became clear in the next section and I became utterly enthralled in the story and characters.
Simon Vance narrates brilliantly (he deserves 6/5 stars).
I love the characters, recurring themes, the overlapping stories and the humour.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Lastly, I enjoyed following the characters' progress by looking at John Coulthart's map of the Borough online ( is that a bit obsessive?! )

Beware!!

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

Utterly brilliant but don't read / listen to this before Erik Valeur's first book 'The Seventh Child'!!!

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Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Luminaries to be better than the print version?

At times I would have liked to have a paper copy of the book in order to easily refer back to an earlier section.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Luminaries?

The green paddle...

Have you listened to any of Mark Meadows’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I enjoyed this one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! However life intervened.

Any additional comments?

I especially liked the way in which the different aspects of the characters and their motivations are offered very gradually until the whole picture emerges.
I really enjoyed this book. I've given 4 stars overall only because I disliked the sudden transition from the long flowing chapters to the shorter segments, towards the end, which felt rushed.

Where have you gone to 'Well of ascension' ?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-13

I was really enjoying this story (on my iphone audible app) only to find it wouldn't play beyond part 2 chapter 6. I'm very frustrated especially because my library doesn't have the book and I'm desperate to find out what happens next...

I hope the bug gets fixed really soon.

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Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-12

This is a proper old school spooky story! If HP Lovecraft had holidayed in the Western Isles he may well have written it himself! As a huge fan of MR James and Lovecraft, I really can't recommend this story highly enough to lovers of this genre.

PS - the narration was excellent too.

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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-07

A fantastic and compelling story which is read beautifully by Simon Prebble.

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