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Okay

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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: 19-12-19

They story is okay-ish, but the narration is terrible, and her 'British' accents are just painful.

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This book is awful. The story is trite and boring, Mia is annoying, and don't even get me started on the narration. Mia's action and behaviour often didn't gel with her backstory, and I just found myself getting irritated with her, the author, and the whole plot in general. The narrator's voice pretty much grated on my ears (and nerve) from the very beginning, and her narration style is very odd. There are loads of strange pauses and over emphasising, almost like hammy amateur dramatic rather than a professional voice actress/narrator. Overall I really didn't like this book and would not recommend it.

Okay

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

This book was okay but not great. The beginning was a bit daft to be honest and just made Mack seem stupid and gullible. The story did get a little better towards the end, but it still wasn't amazing. I also have to say that I was surprised by how much I didn't enjoy the narration of this book. I usually like Saskia Maarleveld, she has a pleasant voice and her accents are okay, but in this she just irritated me. It was also very off putting that she kept using American pronunciations for words while speaking in a British accent. If you're going to bother putting on an accent to narrate a book the very least you can do is make sure you say words correctly. All in all this series has been a bit of a let down. I'll finish it as I want to know what happens, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 14-03-19

I was really looking forward to this as I have loved all of the previous book in the series, but unfortunately this was a huge let down. The story just didn't hold my attention and was rather lacklustre. I can't say I particularly liked many of the characters in this book, most of them just annoyed me, and the ending let me rolling my eyes and feeling frustrated. Really hope the next book is better as I actually regret even buying this book.

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Not great

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

I like the narrators voice, except when she's narrating male characters. They all sound like women, in fact they sound more feminine than the main character. I also find it alarming how many authors are normalising sexual harassment. Boys taking pictures of girls arses and touching them without permission is not acceptable at all, or in any circumstances. These really aren't things we should tell girls are okay. Dominic is a complete a*hole and I really don't know why Bronagh bothers with him.

Strange narration

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

I really like this book and I actually bought the paperback when it was originally published, so when I saw it was available on Audible I was very pleased. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to the printed version. The narrator has a nice voice until she starts voicing the characters, then it becomes grating and annoying. The voices often don't even match the characters that are speaking and for me it just distracts from the story. I also don't see the point in the weird musical interlude between the books. Think I will stick to the written versions instead.

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Worst language book I have ever had.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

This book was pretty much useless. The first chapter - which is about half the total length of the book - is just waffle with no actual substance or point to it. The second part I barely bothered listening to as it was a mumbled, garbled mess with yet more waffling by the incredibly irritating narrator from the first chapter. I will never purchase another title by this company and would not recommend it to anyone that wants to learn a new language.

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This is one of the best books I have listened to in a while, and I really hope it's going to be part of a new series. The choice of narrators is excellent, and the story itself is fantastic. It's, very witty and funny. I would definitely recommend this book.

Not as good as the previous books.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-18

The story is a bit slow and plodding. I also can't say I'm a fan of the new narrator. She's okay but I prefer the original narrator for this series. It is also a little jarring to suddenly hear a new voice narrating characters you are used hearing a certain way. Not sure if I actually liked this book to be honest.

Not one of the best

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

I really didn't like this book at all, and to be honest it made me really dislike Phryne as a character. She can across as selfish, spoiled and unpleasant, and in the end I just stopped listening to the book. I also found some of the behaviour of the other characters utterly unbelievable. For example the incredibly religious Dot being accepting of her boss carrying on an affair with a married man. I will try the next in the series but if this is how her character is developing I won't continue with the series.