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Fascinating introduction

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-19

I knew virtually nothing about the subject but I've found some the Pelican books are wonderfully written so I thought that I'd try this an fill in a few gaps in my knowledge.
Jo Dunkley is a great reader. She speaks with enthusiasm for her subject and with a beautiful voice.

Halfway through I got a bit lost on first listening, but have now listened multiple times and I'm now hooked on the subject.
I've now also listened to Neil deGrasse Tyson's book but he's nowhere near as good and is a bit too fixated on the hunt for aliens.

Wonderful sense of place

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-13

Peter May is great storyteller. The evocation of the sense of place for Lewis is worth the listen alone, especially the mountains inland of Uig and the coastline. I have visited in the past and this makes me want to return.

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Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-11

Sixty-something man obsessed with his university days, Yawn. Only the brilliant narration kept me listening in anticipation of that some insight into why it is so highly rated. Maybe I'm not old enough?

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1st person narrative made for audio

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-11

Brilliant listen. I'm sure the print version is a great read but the combination of the almost documentary confessional first person narrative of the novel and the narrator's style is surely ideal.

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Overrated novel but well read

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-09

I can't understand why this book has been so well reviewed. Storyline seemed interesting enough but most of the characters are cardboard stereotypes (Irish drunk, lonely farmer, Indian bank worker) whilst the central character of Lev just wasn't believable. It serves between realism and fantastical. Someone with limited grasp of English reading Hamlet for pleasure?
It was only Steven Pacey's wonderful narration that kept me listening through the corny plot. Why is he reading an American translation though? I was confused early on as to why Lev would expect to find a bathroom at Victoria coach station; only several more Americanisms later did I work this out.

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