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Dog in a Flat Cap

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Excellent in every way

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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: 21-06-20

Well-written, well-narrated, a great story that was difficult to hear at times but was ultimately uplifting and inspiring. Recommended. The narrator in particular must be commended for conveying the story so well - at no time did it feel as though she was ‘narrating’ but rather felt completely authentic. Brilliant

Vivisection subplot rendered it unlistenable:(

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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: 15-06-20

Well, I got a few hours into this audiobook which is very well narrated and seems to be a good story. However, a vivisection subplot seemed to be developing and I couldn’t listen to any more. I don’t know if the vivisection theme runs throughout, and maybe there’s only a chapter of it. but the description of laboratory animal torture was too much for me. I am against vivisection and support anti-vivisection charities, so am not trying to pretend it isn’t happening - I just can’t listen to descriptions of it. So I’m out of this particular listen as I can’t bear such horror sneaking up on my unprepared ears, and which keeps me awake at night, and I can’t do anything to stop it.

Other listeners are advised that the book otherwise seems to be a good one, so don’t be put off. I may try revisiting it at some point.

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Excellent

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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: 31-05-20

Just an excellent, excellent book, well told and with a wonderfully inspiring message. Recommended. Initially I didn’t quite get into it and left it languishing in my audible library for months, but I’m so glad I revisited it. Cyntoia reads with such candour and warmth and it was great to hear the story directly from her, rather than a hired narrator.

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-20

One of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. The author does an incredible job. I read the book a long time ago but this brings it to life, and then some. Thoroughly recommended.

A good attempt at complex material

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-20

This is a good production but misses a lot of the complexity of either the book (admittedly read probably 30 years ago) or the film - all the narrative description and visual cues were omitted which made it a bit difficult at times to know what was going on - but it was a solid performance by all concerned and a more than decent radio play!

Superb version

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-20

I can’t fathom why rosemary sutcliff is touted as a children’s author - this excellent version of Beowulf is not especially a children’s version, and it’s excellently performed by Sean Barrett. Don’t pass over this rendition, assuming it’s somehow simplified for children - it’s really not. Sutcliff had a real genius for drawing out the essence of a great story.

An interesting listen

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

Reviewed: 12-05-20

This is a good book, it’s wonderful to hear how Lily has built a great life. I struggled with the narrator to begin with, but got used to her after the first chapter or two - I initially thought she sounded a bit prim and forced, but either she improved or I stopped noticing! I prefer the narrator of the first book. I look forward to hearing more about what Lily does in future. I feel like she’s still got a long way to go and I wish her all the success in the world.

Narration gets in the way of enjoyment

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-19

Great book but the narration is too fast and rather jarring on the ear. I can’t decide if playing it at 0.75x speed makes it more bearable, or just odd...

Excellent book

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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: 13-11-19

I thought this was a supremely useful listen and made sense of many of my foibles, which I’d previously considered pathologies! I think the narrator did a fine job, although from the reviews it seems not everyone agrees. However I thought she read it very well. Recommend to anyone.

Truly outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-18

I have just reached the end of volume 2 and am beside myself that volume 3 is not yet on audible!! I have been reading the actual book alongside the audiobook so can resume the story; but I’ve been so much enjoying the audiobook that I’m disappointed not to be able to continue listening.

As far as the narration goes, i love Lucy Scott’s voice and recently enjoyed her reading Marie Kondo’s book on Tidying - which was how I happened to find her narration of Clarissa’s letters in this gargantuan epistolary novel.

As for the novel itself, it’s an absolute masterpiece. If I could award more than 5 stars I would.

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