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Depressing and tedious

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

Reviewed: 31-03-20

I nearly gave up on this early on. It was slow and going nowhere. Loooong descriptions of love stories are tedious R(really the description of someone’s ear is not riveting) and I was annoyed by the dismissive tone of the author -I’ m not going to tell you what up was studying at uni, I can’t remember where we went for out stolen weekend away. Really? I can remember walks I took with my 16 year old boyfriend-and I’m 69! This amnesia became understandable later on when I realised how the relationship had developed. I did persevere to the VERY end, but that was tediously spun out as well. A sad tale, which I wouldn’t recommend unless you REALLY love sad love stories.

well written but not my thing

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

Reviewed: 09-03-20

I was seduced a)by the author and b) by the reviews, but it's really not my thing. As others have said it is the story of two troubled women touring the outskirts of London putting on a 'show' by one of them, a medium. Strange mix between her 'real' experiences of the dead and the need to perform - 'give the punters what they want.' I found it boring with over-long descriptions of the people she communicated with in the shows. I love Hilary Mantel and the story is definitely well written and well performed but I found it boring.

Needs serious editing

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

Reviewed: 30-10-19

I thorough enjoyed Black Diamonds so approached this with high expectations but was disappointed. The first few pages are a mess veering from a description of the castle, a dying duke, the doctors attending him, to maids polishing the ballroom floor and their fear of ghosts to the man who rang the dinner gong and back to the docs. Set in Belvoir castle, and focussing on three gaps in the family archives, the following story is interesting but very very repetitive in the manner of TV progs that remind you of the story after each ad break. Needs serious editing. Not really a patch on black diamonds.

2 people found this helpful

Important book but dreadful audio

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

Reviewed: 21-04-19

This is a book that everyone needs to read, but sadly I couldn’t listen to it. Even at 0.75 speed, the author and narrator rattled through it so fast a)I couldn’t keep up with the information which is wide ranging and jumps about a lot. and b) it sounded like a rant. I tried it on half speed but that gave too much distortion. Normally I like books to be read by the author but this just didn’t work for me so am returning the audiobook and buying the kindle version.

18 people found this helpful

I loved this 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: 04-07-17

This story is about life in the Irish Republic for people who do not fit in with the moral and religious demands. The story starts with the narrator's mother being denounced for her pregnancy outside marriage and then follows her son's troubles as he realises that he is gay and has fallen in love with his best friend He moves to Amsterdam after a futile attempt at fitting in by getting married, then to New York. It is both beautifully written and beautifully read in a soft Irish accent that is a joy to listen to, I just loved it.

Wonderful 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: 02-07-16

I loved this book, which is the tale of a picture uncovered by a young woman in a junk shop which turns out to be of value (to put it mildly). There are various adventures as others try to get their hands on it and a major contribution is made by the voice of the artwork itself - a fascinating way of detailing its history. It was so convincing I had to google the picture (by Watteau) to find out if this painting existed (it doesnt). Sad when it ended

enjoyed the characters

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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: 03-02-16

This is the second cormorant strike book I have read and I do like the characters. I really enjoyed listening to this over many nights as I got off to sleep, but it is a very complicated plot and towards the end, as it got more complex I decided I didn't care that much who had done it as I couldn't remember who half the characters were. (This is why, by and large I listen to plotless books as following a story is difficult when you keep falling asleep!) Still, it was good enough to listen to again and I might focus more next time!

wonderful 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: 03-02-16

I am not a walker but thoroughly enjoyed this evocation of walks from Scotland (across the Cairngorms) to Palestine via part of the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela. It is lyrically written and beautifully read by Roy McMillan. I will listen to this many times.

5 people found this helpful

A wonderful book

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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: 07-12-15

I have listened to this book on many occasions and love it. It celebrates writers who are in touch with specific aspects of the landscape or its wildlife - Cairngorm mountains, open water, peregrine Falcons etc. The writing is lyrical and it is beautifully read by Roy McMillan whose command of Gaelic names and words is stunning. My only reservation as an audio book is the many pages of glossary. It works for me as I listen in bed and regard this as a kind of soporific chant, although sometimes I get frustrated that by the time I hear a definition and realise I'm interested I have forgotten the word! I guess the answer is to buy it for kindle as well.

4 people found this helpful

an excellent book, well read

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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: 28-05-15

I knew quite a lot about the tudors, but almost nothing about the 17th century restoration of the monarchy, so I really enjoyed this social history, which is both well written and well read.