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Debra K

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Beautifully creepy

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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

BA continues with a typically densely written tale, with a light touch. There is something a little sad and beautiful about this book. Enjoy.

An aroundabout take on viewing difficulties

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

Some useful view points to help balance inner dialogue. A great deal of attention paid to those with a sense of entitlement.

Suffering fools

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

The enjoyable parts were to do with March, Sidney, learning about this new character Betty and some intriguing possibilities. However, the style of humor is a bit 'Dad's Army' and I could feel the empty silence where canned laughter would have been after every inane utterance and there is a ton of these.
Listening to Emma Gregory narrate is always a pleasure.

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I didn't realise this was suppose to be funny

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I found the characters in this book pretty awful. I hope the big reveal at the end was suppose to be ironic because it was blindingly obvious throughout. The protagonist marriage confirmed my theory that the whole bunch are irredeemable, yuk. The buzz about this novel was positive, so I may have missed something essential. I will not be recommending this novel to anyone. However, Tim Piggot-Smith's had a voice full of character and is soothing to listen to.

Recommend Mansfield Park instead.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Northanger Abbey has a similar theme to Mansfield Park relating to so called friends and their double dealings. The protagonist in Northanger Abbey is a tad too daft for me to sympathise with her endless dilemmas and she will only accept the reality of deceit when it is repeatedly explained to her. If you prefer your Georgian heroines with a bit more brains about them, I suggest Mansfield Park instead.

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Long live Fanny Price

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-18

The main character's moral compass and especially her power of conviction blew me away as she never wavered despite enormous pressure to comply to social expectations and demands. Long live Fanny Price.

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"Every word is written with love".

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This book does a nice cross reference with other Jane Austin biographies and recorded memoirs to give a broad view of her life and times. The descriptions make it easy to visualise Jane Austin's homes and family members, sometimes feeling insufferably stifling and at other times completely joyful and hopeful. Lucy Worsley makes regular comparisons to characters in Austin's novels that show a real love for the stories and a deep understanding Austin's motivations. Lucy narrates the introduction, where she says the quote in this headline and the epilogue,which were both funny and enlightening. Ruth Redman is also a very good narrator and her voice and steady style suited the subject perfectly.

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Pilgrimage to sanity

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-18

To follow such a gentle, kind and unassuming character as Harold Fry throughout was a lesson on an effective and human approach to achieving goals. Harold is lost but his innate selfish-less and determination to do the right thing forms his moral compass. Harold's pilgrimage is an inspiration. There are funny moments and wry observations as Harold deals with the good and bad of human nature. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys through provoking, quirky and charming novels.

Definitely not romantic mush.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Feel kinda flooded with dystopia books, films and TV just now. However, this book is one of the creepiest due to how normal the lives and destinies appear to the characters. There is little to no questioning of the system, which I found chilling and unreal. I equally found the premise doubtful and gratuitous.

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Yay, Ruso's back

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I really enjoy what I call the Ruso series of books and snapped this up as soon as I saw it. It didn't disappoint, it was as nail biting and funny as always. A new location for Ruso and company that inspired me to look up the Roman history of this city. This was a very good listen and well narrated. If you enjoy historic drama type books with a capable but fallible characters, you may well become a Ruso fan too.

2 people found this helpful