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Enjoyed this audiobook

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

Reviewed: 01-03-20

Why would Lovelock let Sarah keep her watch on through all that, having removed a brooch and phone, when he was concerned about cameras and recordings. Would give narration 5 stars especially for Lovelock and Sarah and the other characters. Funny in a lot of places when narrator pronounces ear as rear in connection with phones. Some harsh and loud narration in places, always startling when listening with headphones and earphones. I believe a lot of women can identify with Sarah.

NARRATION

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

Reviewed: 13-02-20

I like these books from Elly Griffiths and this one didn't disappoint. They are original, I suppose it's called an archaeological bent, forensically and with a leaning to the new age. Normally not for me, however the stories and characters have become familiar and I am looking forward to the next. Disappointment was in the loud music intro and close and some sudden loud narration but the distant, electronic telephone conversations, which sadly I didn't catch, are irritating. I do like a good, even straightforward narration.

NARRATION

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

Reviewed: 11-01-20

Many broken souls and thoroughly unpleasant characters, plus a lot of arguments, stonewalling and too much drawn out agonising and "keeping it in", but a reasonably good read nonetheless. Surely a narrator learns not to say words like joolery.

A MODERN CLASSIC

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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: 07-01-20

21 hours of excellent listening, plenty of red herrings, twists and turns. I believed the grandfather was the missing son almost from the start because of his age. The burying of the box in the woods at night did indicate a murder and Alice, it turned out to be, was very anxious about getting back to the house unnoticed. I thought it was Clemmy for a lot of the time. I did not guess who murdered the family friend, who got away with it! The narration was pleasant to the ear. Would recommend.

Pure Theatre

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

Reviewed: 15-12-19

Pure theatre and could easily translate to the stage? A mixture of farce and fantasy. I can't imagine any woman for a moment, even in the thrall of her so-called best friend, would tolerate or go along with as much as Melanie did or have felt so guilty, to go so far as to alienate her husband, Ben. Even he did not ring true and hapless Melanie got her just deserts, no excuses. Apart from that, I tut-tutted through the book and enjoyed the listen. I guessed the end, it was pure Abigail. Is there a sequel about Liam and Abigail's daughter? Poor girl!

Less sugar, more focus on crime please

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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: 17-11-19

I thought the story line was original but doesn't really get going until the end. The relationship between Evans and Jackman is overly sentimental as it is really overall and Jackman sounds older than he is. I was not so keen on this book as much as the others but can't exactly explain why, could be the sentimentality and some American verbs

A twisted Plot

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this books although not my usual genre, not a murder in sight, however the plot has its twists and turns with a search for answers just like a whodunnit and concluding in intriguing revelations. Worth a listen!

EXCELLENT NARRATION, EASY ON THE EAR (use earpods)

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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: 23-10-19

I've read a few of the reviews and whilst Michael Jayston is an excellent narrator, this book's narrator has a clear resonant voice and is just as good. I don't think the narrator is at fault but mistaken for Nat's character, which is not my idea of what a spy character should be, often so naive, as was Ed's. I thought the traitor was going to be Prue, the intuitively, emotionally sound lawyer of a wife. I wouldn't want to think Nat or Ed is employable at MI6 in the real world, at least I hope not. However J le C makes it all so plausible and he should know. Narrators who want to give a performance and affect dubious accents rather than being a good reader, are a strain on the ear, not this one in my opinion. I am also grateful there were no sudden music bursts; such audiobooks should come with a warning. John Le Carre delivers again.

LISTENING SPOILT BY THE MUSIC

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

Reviewed: 18-10-19

A sombre read and matching flat narration in keeping with the content, I am reading in small doses and determined to finish this iconic book. Sadly, I have to buy the hard copy as this particular audio book is spoilt by the clanging music that you think has finish but starts up again, between chapters, not easy on the ear with earpods.

NARRATION

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

Narration excellent for radio, for earphones too intense and harsh. Voices were irritating and the high pitched "Hi's" screeched by female characters blasted the eardrums. I would have returned this audiobook but for this gripping story of revenge.

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