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Only got it towards the end this time!

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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: 22-06-19

Tender lone parent, sweet dog loving vengeful cop! Loveable Max still has his moral crusade to rid our nasty world of violent men and women
Coupled with his unique ability to take and recover from beating after beating, Max’s talent for flirting with danger is second to nine. A great story, expertly read.

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Predictable easy listening.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-19

Predictable and formulaic, There is comfort in the familiar characters, but no engaging action or real suspense this time. One wonders if, coupled with the dull narration, is it time to retire Ruth?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Whacky.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

A curious subject to base a novel on. The spirit world, good and bad is interleaved with circus like characters in a world of relationships and awful circumstances, often brutal and always colourful. Well narrated but possibly one of the strangest tales told.

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Dickens at his best, with wonderful narration.

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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: 18-12-18

Wonderfully read by Kona Holbrook Smith who brings every character in this extensive tale of brutality misused power and love, to life in a powerful engaging rendition of Dickens classic masterpiece. The language, the breadth of experiences encompassed in the book are second to none and this version is memorable to say the very least. Thank you Audible, a wonderful read.

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Interesting subject, but that is where it stops!

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

An interesting subject choice, exploring adoption and the search for identity and family, and sadistic murder, marred by a hackneyed writing style and monotonous narration.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Clever plot, so plausible, and an engaging read.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Grisham, at his best. Intriguing, possibilities, are offered, and rogue characters come to life. Audacity pays off, and in the end the good guys, pull through a web of complicated and dangerous deceit, wining against the odds. Believe me, I have not spoilt the end. I loved it!

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A long journey for Queenie.

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

Reviewed: 21-08-17

Queenies tortuous journey towards her death from disfiguring cancer enables the reader to understand the depth of her love for Harold Fry, and ultimately the affection he has for Queenie. There are some extremely well written and insightful moments in what I felt was overall a tale too long in the telling. Maureen and David also come to life, adding further colour to Queenie's story, as she emerges as the key figure from the authors earlier work, in which we first meet Harold, his wife and son.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The costs of appeasement.

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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: 26-06-17

A powerful novel which exposes the costs of appeasement at the end of World War 2 with different outcomes to those we are familiar with. Brilliantly narrated, and with gripping suspenseful language this is one of the most absorbing novels of recent years.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Thin storyline of child abduction.

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

A thin storyline is stretched woefully in order to complete a book. Implausible characters, surround a grieving widow and her young daughter in a tale of child neglect and emotional abuse, ultimately child abduction and revenge. The child is the most engaging character in the book which despite the flimsy writing is well narrated. Not a good read, and in my view sensationalist treatment of very serious subjects.

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Someone Else's Skin
  • D.I. Marnie Rome 1: Winner of the Crime Novel of the Year
  • By: Sarah Hilary
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw

Brave attempt, but sensationalised and let down by use of language.

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

Reviewed: 26-01-17

A brave attempt to address the painful and difficult subject of violence against women, of pain, the depths of fear, threats of physical and emotional abuse and depravity which motivates such violence. Set in a world where men are also brutalised, by their own emotions, and or violence from others and stereotyped definitions of masculinity. Characters are humiliated, debased and abusive. It is a novel without compassion, written and delivered without let, the language lacks subtlety, too many characters express themselves with foul expletives and swearing, often adding nothing to their story or the narrative. The book moves slowly, the plot is predictable, lacking depth and nuance. It could have been a good book, instead it is guilty of sensationalising a gritty reality, leaving the reader bored and cold. Who was the real audience for the book one is left wondering, it could so easily feed male fantasy . Dangerous, even gratuitous but brave all the same if it is sincere but still let down by a shallow use of language and a lack of political analysis. Who wrote this one wonders, was it a really a woman?