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Enticing and rewarding double act-drop and catch

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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: 11-05-20

What a terrific idea-not new-but aptly employed. First we get a terrific aha moment about past events at our fondly thought of Slough House, then we get a perfect shove towards what I expect the much anticipated novel will grow beyond.
How amusingly and provocatively all sorts wander through the pages and embed themselves in our imagination. London continues to glower in the background of these tales. Big. Dangerous. And how vulnerable all the human beings in the city are. Wonder if beyond HRH’s, Brexit, Johnson, the plague will make its presence felt in the next one?

But I do wish, sorry about this, but I do wish the novellas weren’t so pricey.

Listen to this.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-20

Everything one might want from a story, a performer and a human being.
Remarkable resonance in every way.

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Editors were right-shouldn’t have seen the light of day

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

Reviewed: 25-11-19

Being dated is the least of the problems with this novel.
Turgid, predictable and bland prose make this such a boring listen. All the basis of future writing is there- the only ‘lyricism’ is about cars or which road to take..groan. Where is the characterisation? Where is there ANY novelty?
The narrator does his best with the dull not story.

What a pointless listen.

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

Reviewed: 16-11-19

Nothing went anywhere, no plots had a reason to be..the highlight was, SPOILER ALERT, a cat died.

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Astonishingly pleasant fairy story-with such true bits.

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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: 02-11-19

I was taken aback, at first. Who on earth would choose Forest Gump or Woody to read this novel?
But now, I can’t imagine anyone else on the planet doing justice to the tone and musical lyricism of the writing.
A tour de force about a very particular family with little of the maudlin sensibility of many, many others I have come across.
Mothers.
Everyone has had one.
Truth. Unattainable equity between family members.
So sorry the book has finished now.

Misery

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

Reviewed: 07-08-19

An almost empty rambling through deserted lives.
Cannot believe this could have been influential.
Yet, ‘Secretary,’ the film, resounded with a life force.
A huge mistake to have the author read this. Her stumbling, hesitant, doleful tone was unrelenting.

Complex and entertaining

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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: 26-07-19

Such accomplished plot weaving! The author plays totally fair with the listener and even an acute observer can be mislead by the many, many red herrings. But it all comes together in what can only be described as a heart stopping revelation.
How fine Mr Nesbø’s whole body of work is-it does help if you have the depth of experience of all his Harry Høle books.
We are left wanting more.

And hats off to Mr Barrett-again. His professional skills are matchless.

Groan level indulgence interspersed with some insights.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-19

Having chosen to endure the ‘wokeness’ of this entire novel, I can only report that I made it to the end.
Bias declaration. I am old.
This much lack of self knowledge makes every character dull and utterly unsympathetic. Even the children’s experiences are dull and “I’ve heard it all before. So. Who cares?
Cultural bias declaration. I am not NY American. The upward inflection in every sentence was almost unbearable-perhaps it’s authentic but it is jarring. On top of that, there was little or no differentiation in the voices used for each character leading to confusion so often that it made me not care-again.

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Derivative, morbidly slow and predictable.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Could it even be possible to cross reference more pop culture items in the space of these breathtakingly short chapters?
Could it be possible to re-use more available tropes from current, middle range tv series? For goodness sake, many of the poorly described scenes were actually from television shows where the camera at least reflects a form of reality.
What a seriously flawed read.

Such an overtly proselytizing, disappointment

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

What happened?
Form defeated function?
Nothing to care about whether it’s the people, the language, the lack of..
Just made me irritated and then sad.