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Julian Summer

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Quite Gripping

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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: 20-01-20

Part three of the trilogy which is a complicated murder whodunnit and not a bad story on the whole. The reader though is excellent. She can even do convincing male voices unlike most female readers.

I was past caring

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

Reviewed: 19-12-19

I like the author but this book was way too long for such a flimsy plot. Also the protagonist was sooooo stupid I nearly gave up on it several times. Don’t bother it’s not worth it.

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Rubbish

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

Reviewed: 31-10-19

This is bad on so many levels I don’t know where to start. Bottom line it’s facile garbage for not very bright teenagers. Avoid

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 26-10-19

Top of the range, vintage King. Fast paced, complicated, with characters you can relate to, even most are children.

Excellent great fun.

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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: 21-10-19

I am reviewing the entire trilogy, because this is really one book in three parts, with the same, albeit evolving story. These are fast paced, exciting, novels set in an interesting period of history, 1919, with three dimensional characters, a decent complicated plot and several surprises along the way. The reader is particularly good and he keeps his voices, in several different accents, both men and women, consistent and believable. I thoroughly enjoyed them all.

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Slow and very boring

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-19

This is the worst John Grisham book I have ever read or listened to. The plot is wafer thin, pretty obvious and moves at a snails pace. And if that wasn’t enough, fully 1/3 of the book is a potted and light weight history of W W 2 in the Philippines. How I stuck this through 17 interminable hours I will never know.

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: 22-07-19

Classic Harry Hole. One of the best. Well narrated too. Very much enjoyed it throughout.

Bravo!

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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: 24-01-19

This is the concluding part to the four book series, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. It is the longest, easily the best and brings together all the threads of the previous three books. It is also a dark tale of a period of brutal repression and revenge after the end of Spain's civil war, but enlivened with touches of romance and humour. It is, by the end, a triumph of light over dark and celebrates love and family. I enjoyed this enormously, not only because Zafon's writing (even in translation) is stunningly good, but the narrator is also superb.

Way too long and boring

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This is the worst Shardlake book by a long way mainly because at some 37 hours the painfully detailed narrative about Ketts rebellion swamps what is otherwise an interesting detective story. Worse. There is a blatant socialist message running throughout which is obvious annoying and unnecessary in a novel.

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The most excellent series

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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: 01-10-18

I am reviewing the series rather than this last book. I can think of few literary experiences that have given me more pleasure than the Aubrey Maturin series. The depth of characterisation is incredible and three dimensional. The main characters are all lovely and the villains devious and dastardly. The historical details are riveting and the naval battles exhilarating. Lastly Ric Jerrom is one of the very best readers. He can do many realistic accents and voices including women and manages to keep them separate and consistent. I’m very sorry there are no more books!

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