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Andy Parsons

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Love it

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-07-20

I used to listen to this when i was younger and i just redownloaded it recently and i love it still, it’s so well performed and such an endearing story which portrays reactions really accurately. i love it couldn’t recommend enough. it balances the fake and real world so effectively

Growing old

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Reviewed: 03-12-19

There can’t be many more perceptive works about growing old. Olive is delightfully difficult. Though she is universally seen as a strong if difficult woman these stories reveal her full of self doubt. Wonderful detail brilliant characters perfect stories.

Back on top form

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Reviewed: 24-06-19

I am a big Kate Atkinson fan I love the way her stories are always a combination of a cast of great believable characters and strong plotting.
This book scores heavily on both fronts. If I have a criticism it would be that Kate has pulled away slightly from some of the quirkiest features that were a delight in her earlier books.They’re still there but she has taken to explaining. This spoils the best of the jokes.
It’s a great effort though and very funny and engaging throughout

1 person found this helpful

Not magical for me

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-19

I found this book annoyingly ambiguous. The magical elements just could not have coexistence with the real elements. That is the trick and delight of the genre.
Could the toys not have been put to real.military use. Would the shop really just be treated as a curiosity.
I was also not really engaged by any of the characters.
I liked the ending and the reading was generally OK but there are edits which been left in when the reader has a second go at some phrases. Tut Tut.
I had hoped for Rivers of London in a toy shop but it didn't have the wit in any sense.
I see a lot of people liked it but not me.

17 people found this helpful

Brumie love for this tale of our interesting times

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Reviewed: 15-11-18

It feels like Jonathan just finished this book yesterday Brexit runs through the themes of division and disappointment. Lots of fun but lots of pain.
Growing up and growing old.
It’s another tour de force in social commentary with a generally affectionate foot the Birmingham.
I loved it.

Can’t believe it’s so bad

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

All I can say is romantic fiction must have a very low standards indeed if people think this is a good book.
The main character is amongst the most irritating women I have ever I have ever come across in either real-life or fiction.
The plot lacks total credibility why would the male lead full for this Ditsy woman. Unless he is as shallow as she is, which we are asked to believe he is not.
All the business jargon is actually as nonsensical as it sounds.
All the secondary characters lack credibility in their actions and characteristics. Apart from that it’s great.
Bought it on a two for one, and I was impressed with the reviews.
Jeez

1 person found this helpful

What the actual.....? Crash course in modern Irish

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Reviewed: 27-01-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Break to be better than the print version?

Very funny and enjoyable book with helpful hints on having and affair, a marriage and a holiday. It is the idiomatic Irishness that is the great joy along with the fantastically well drawn characters.
My one criticism is that the reader, who is generally superb, never gets to grips with a Geordie accent for one of the lead characters which is distracting.
It is a very lively and quite lengthy book,great value and great entertainment life you like a bit of fecking and blinding,also a lot of hot sex scenes....just so you know!

12 people found this helpful

Shards of life from the almost famous and might have been rich

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Reviewed: 08-11-17

William Boyd plays with form again, this time stretching the short story with teasing interrelationships. Almost all of the stories stand alone as satisfying dishes forming a bigger whole. It’s a bit like a tasting menu in a Michelin restaurant. Just ever so slightly pretentious but so classy and clever that you can easily forgive the showy in jokes.
Bethany is a tragic masterpiece in personal chaos but personally I liked the Shakespearean tragic fall of the man who should have stuck to kissing.
Almost every one of these stories is a beautiful funny and tasty dish worthy of Heston at his best.

4 people found this helpful

Plenty of story wonderful and mysterious book

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 17-10-17

I don't know what some reviewers want, it's not Game of Thrones but there is plenty of magic and adventure. A Knight of the round table, a dragon, mysterious saxon warrior, ferryman and lots of incident.
It does have a slow start but once they are on the road the mystery and magic start to swirl around you giving glimpses into the underlying themes of memory, retribution and redemption.
Give that man a Nobel prize!

1 person found this helpful

From Liz to Guy according to Ken

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Reviewed: 08-10-17

Ken Follett is the master of historical fiction from the perspective of supporting cast. It allows him to write with some hospital accuracy without having the strong story lines constrained unduely.
I broadly share his liberal feminist values so I feel very comfortable in the world he has created. Strong women and tolerant heroes.
I love the narrative that drives you on through 35 superbly read hours.
If there are historical liberties they didn't put me off feeling it is a worthy third part to the magnificent Kingsbridge series.
If you like a strong story with great characters and a bit of history for free look forward to 35 hours passing in a rewarding way.