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Always different

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I like different, I like unpredictable. This read was a disorientating journey from start to finish. When a story is told in the first person, they are typically the hero. With this narrator I was not sure whether to feel sorry for him, admire him, be angry with him or despise him. Each time I could foresee a way things could resolve, the tale took a different direction. A light read, but a heavy journey. I feel like I learned something ... but I can’t quite place what!

Untimely, I’m not sure this one was for me. Definitely not one I’d Go back to. Yet am I glad I read it?, yes. Luke Smithard is an author outside the typical mould, which always makes for interesting reading.

Back on form

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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: 05-06-19

A welcome return to historical content and a plot that, ultimately did not disappoint (a promise withdrawn at the 11th hour, just being compensated for at the 12th) and a taste of interesting things to come. Max’s narrative back on witty form made me remember how much I love St Marys. Tea anyone?

That rare gift ...

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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: 16-05-19

That rare gift; a sequel that is even better than the original. Retaining all the humour and compassion of its predecessors but adding new insights and some thought provoking themes. Why are certain behaviours only accommodated if they come with a license in the form of a label?

Refreshingly Original

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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: 23-01-19

A unique concept, told in a way that makes it believable. Just when I wondered where it was going that could possibly account for the length of book remaining, the major twist came. This introduced another topic that can be difficult to portray convincingly and suceeded with ease. I was engaged with the characters and the plot throughout.

An author I'll definitely be following now.

How can a story be both predictable and far fetched at once?

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Disappointed in the latest Culver Valley tale. The long standing characters seem to be becoming cartoonish to the point of irritation rather than developing. The plot of this one lacked the intricate complexity of its predecessors and the stereotypical denouement (at the excuse of the protagonist planning it to be thus) was just deeply tedious. Some interesting new characters, but the motivation of the culprit was laughable. Sadly, left feeling I have wasted a slice of my life listening to this one, despite the excellent narration.

One for the stage?

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

The thought that struck me repeatedly reading this was what an excellent stage play it could be made into! The focus is on the relationship between the two main characters as they try to solve the riddles of the confined post-death world they inhabit. The concepts are intriguing and the end was pleasing for many reasons, making the journey to get there worthwhile. The journey itself felt rather longer and more repetitive in places than need be. The narration and action did not vary enough to hold the interest throughout. The characters began to blend in to the grey world they inhabit after a while. I'm glad I persisted though and would happily attend a stage adaptation where I think the limited settings and persona. Oils be used to advantage.

Can't believe it took me so long to work it out

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

When I realised what was going on here I was shocked at how slow I'd been. Not a topic I would have chosen had I known but sensitivity and creatively handled. A topic that is usually unbelievable made feasible. I couldn't see how a resolution could be achieved but when it was, it made perfect sense. An enjoyable (if taxing in places) read.

Utterly Brilliant

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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: 30-07-15

Loved the Arthur Dentish narration style and once (like Eddie the hero of the story) I relaxed and went with the flow, it became a captivating read.

Not quite as I anticipated; an unexpected delight.

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

Reviewed: 14-06-15

If you could sum up A Lady of Quality in three words, what would they be?

Unique, uplifting, enchanting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clorinda's gradual transformation is believable and beautiful.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The style was rather stilted and almost robotic at parts and so put me off at the start that I almost did not persist. However, as my ear tuned to it, it became less obtrusive as the interest of the story commanded more interest,

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This novel had a pace throughout which holds your interest and the plot did not take some of the more obvious directions it could have, much to my eventual delight.

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A captivating book with real insight

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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: 10-03-15

A throughly enjoyable listen that made me consider how I would act in similar situations. Skilfully read, with subtle changes of voice clearly signalling the changing ages of the narrated. A bitter sweet thought provoking take.

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