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Very absorbing

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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: 27-11-19

I really rate this author... And the reader is no slouch either. While the Patrick Melrose novels have a cast list of really awful posh people, this is a narrative of really awful rich people with their relationships drawn by analogies with King Lear and his (mostly) dreadful entourage.

the MOST wonderful audio+book pairing

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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: 19-11-18

I have been tumbled back into my childhood (admittedly over the road and now over the water). I lived in Belfast during the troubles before the Troubles and recognise everything Anna Burns has so brilliantly evoked. The bonkers unwritten rules of (both) communities, the world sorted out by the men, middle sister's (the protagonist's) useless strategies for self protection. What a place! What a time!
Read this book - and if you can't bring yourself to believe every sentence, try harder.

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intriguing - the revelation wasn't in the story

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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: 06-11-18

You can't dismiss Murakami - nobody else quite weaves reality and 'reality' as well as he does.

But for me by far the biggest revelation after 28+ hours of being drawn into the Japanese male gaze is how fortunate I am not to be a Japanese woman!

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sweet book (in a good way)

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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: 22-09-18

I know little of any of the worlds that coincide in this book (Jewish lore, history of comics, 1940s America) but thank whoever recommended this engrossing book to me (sorry Ive forgotten the trail that led me there). The author plays us so skillfully and the narrator is excellent.
Its so rare that I find nobody to dislike in a long book - I was gunning for all of them.

sorry, this was really boring....

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

First up, Im not American, but I am interested in American history.
But this book will end my run as a person who always finishes a book. It wasn't worth 35+ hours of my life.

a real name-dropper! - in a good way

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

What made the experience of listening to A Life of My Own the most enjoyable?

the extraordinary cast of characters makes for a good read. There being so many famous people among the family's friends, it could all seem a bit show-off-y if it were not for Tomalin's straightforward and trustworthy style.

What did you like best about this story?

the author's steadfastness of propose in bring up a 'disabled' child.

How could the performance have been better?

the narrator's voice is frightfully posh. (I took the trouble to listen to the author herself; she isn't nearly so clipped!)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the author is remarkably un-self-pitying, indeed rather generous, especially to the dead!

Any additional comments?

I don't know of another excellent biographer who has such an absorbing autobiography to offer us.

stereotypes can get annoying

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not for me and (if I could influence my children...) I wouldn't let them near it.

What could Kate Saunders have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Hold back on the stereotypes - come on Kate!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jilly Bond?

The frightfully posh voice was probably suitable for the book

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I was hopeful that someone could come up with a child's-eye view of the pre-war and WW1 years - so marks for trying!

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This is what audiobooks are for!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

What a treat. It's long but I would have rather it hadn't ended... An immersive experience

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Wonderful, how could I have missed this!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-12

It was the TV adaptation that made me look this book up, I admit - but how could I have missed it previously? Its wonderful - complex and real. Reading the book, I realise how wonderful both the script and the TV characterisations are - and conversely the TV adaptation can only attempt to capture the essence(s) of this wonderful book. Beautifully read - enjoy!

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A new favourite

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-12

I hadn't heard of this book, which I now find is on several 'best of ..' lists. And what a treat! It will be my 'desert island' book having comedy, adventure, thoughtfulness and joy. Its wonderful to be old and have your prejudices turned over. During the course of the book I moved from antibodies to the protagonist to recognising him as a force of nature.
And wonderfully read by Joe Barrett.

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