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Turgid (‘great narrator though)

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-20

I love loved WolfHall & BringingUpTheBodies & jump up & down waiting for no.3; this one Ive had to return as unlistenable.

Mantel writes from her usual place - the reader ‘already knows’ (context, socio-political structures / systems, characters & events. She writes in spectacularly smart and evocative ways.

In this one for me though, the mix & the balance are wrong. I staggered on knee-deep in minutaie that just didnt illuminate, for way longer than I could bear - and there was *still* 17hrs remaining.

‘had to return this..😖

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-19

I’d enjoyed the first in this series (‘White is ..’) & had expected similar with this one, Cynthia’s story; such a disappointment, I properly persevered for a while but ultimately couldnt bear it.
The plot & characterisation? Ouch!
The writing? ‘unbelievable runs of undevelop

‘bit meh..

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

Reviewed: 25-06-19

I enjoy history & am keen to learn more of TheSiege.
The ‘human interest’ element in this book was for me melodramatised & saccharine & too predictable.
The narrator tried hard but her ‘baby voice’ nearly had me weeping & why for ‘rough characters’ she launched into a my-ol’-man’s-a-dustman-cockney I’ll never know; that made periods of listening pretty meh..
It has made me keen to go and search for something else more ‘factual’ on TheSiege.

Fabulous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-19

Ive a much-thumbed genuinely loved hard copy & wasnt sure how audio would work for me but I was grabbed all over again.

Fraser’s work on Marie Antoinette is a remarkable feat of research & collation & that final infinitely poignant chapter ties the perfect analytical and thematic bow.

Its no mean feat to talk us through this book - the narrator does this well.

If you enjoy historical accounts & commentaries I cant recommend the qualities of this book highly enough!

a ‘must-read’..

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-19

Oh this is so good..rock-solid, real & so v ‘normal’. JogOn is the best book Ive ever read on living with anxiety.

‘perfect stories, gifted story-telling

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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: 18-02-19

As a child I’d read & watched & really loved all things JamesHerriot. Now Im grownup, Im enjoying these tales every bit as much; gorgeous gentle humour.
No-one but Christopher Timothy should be allowed any place near the narration - he *is* Herriot, superb!
A beautiful book for all ages.

PS- somebody (prev review ^) on here moans about ‘music’ spoiling the reading..? For heaven’s sake - theres a couple of bars of cheery tunes here & there; no impact, no issue.

‘reads (& read) like a high-school essay

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 29-01-19

Where have all these phenomenal reviews for this book come from - I dont understand? I struggled with characters who between them had about half a ‘dimension’ and plot and dialogue all daft & insubstantial like a shaky stage set.


best book I've listened to in a very long time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Brilliant in every way, left me feeling stunned, moved, sad. happy... Staggeringly talented writer and perfect narrators. More of this please audible!

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EnidBlyton on acid - awful. This book made me sad.

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-01-19

The idea itself is fine(ish)...from real-person interviewing the author creates amalgam ‘representative’ stories of individual young women living with - sorry *suffering from* - specific mental health problems.
Its clear too from the intro the author is genuinely motivated to (re)present accurately & with meaning..

I dipped into four chapters, willing each to be less gauche & less silly in content & delivery than the one before but couldnt unfortunately, hear a single chapter out; I found this an unfortunate mixup of generalities, stereotypes and infinitely/unhelpfully middle class in orientation.

‘love John Boyne but..

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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: 17-11-18

‘InvisibleFuries’ remains an all-time delight & Im waiting for the movie; that sparked my fandom for JB.
‘Ladder’ for me jarred in parts, overly-themed & extended; saying that there were elements of pure Boyne in here - beautifully crafted, with a twist.
Structurally this one comprises ‘a story’ followed by ‘the other story’ via a series of what Boyne calls ‘Interludes’; I didnt unfortunately enjoy this.
‘Ladder’s efforts to complete the circle were exhausting & didnt work for me; saying that I will continue to read & appreciate everything Boyne does, for whilst I might not get the stylistics/structure sometimes, I reckon hes a gem of a writer - courageous, upforit, smart as all hell & infinitely humane; he’s a departure and I so appreciate that.

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