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Veronica

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Surreal, Crazy - and wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-12

If you haven't discovered Jasper Fforde yet then now's the time to start listening. Although it took me a while to get used to the voice of the narrator the quality of the writing and ease of the delivery soon had me hooked.
This story - like most of Fforde's books- is almost impossible to explain and if it sounds crazy, that’s because it is – Don’t be put off – go with it and you will not be disappointed!
Born into a society in which any colour is jealously hoarded and marrying 'down spectrum' is frowned upon, Eddie Russet (a Red) does not look destined for success...Sent to East Carmine to conduct a chair census (a punishment for trying to improve Queuing) Eddie has soon fallen for a 'Grey' girl who seems more likely to do him serious, and potentially life threatening, injury than to agree to marry, or even date him. This proves to be the least of Eddie's worries however, as he soon discovers that a tendency towards curiosity does not improve one's chances of survival - particularly when many so members of the community seem keen to hasten his demise.
Why is making spoons forbidden? Where do people really end up after 'Reboot'? Can Eddie find enough Loganberry jam to persuade the Apocryphal man to tell him the truth about the 'Something that happened' - and - the most important question of all - can he survive long enough to find out?...
Mad, funny, and brilliantly crafted, the only warning I will leave you with is that it leaves you desperate to listen to the sequel…

5 people found this helpful

Chilling and Compelling

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-11

Brilliantly read by Anna Bentinck (not only does she cope with a range of accents she even modulates her tone to reflect the 'young' and 'old' periods in the narrator's life) this audiobook had me gripped until the final seconds. It focuses on the tragic fate of the artist, Ned Gillespie as told by his close friend and great admirer Harriet Baxter. What becomes increasingly apparent however, is that this is only one, far from impartial, view of events...
Don't miss out on this one - the closing sentence truly sent a shiver down my spine!

7 people found this helpful

A twisting tale...

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

Samuel West narrates a largely overlooked title by an excellent writer. He manages to make all the voices commencing and compelling and draws you firmly into the narrative. Would definitely recommend.

2 people found this helpful

Simply Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

I won't write too much as Timothy West has been deservedly well reviewed by other listeners. Suffice too say the praise he has previously received is amply justified - I will be listen to all the Trollope titles I can find!

6 people found this helpful

Unexpectedly compelling...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

This story kept me guessing right up until the final moments...I don't want to give the ending away so won't talk about the content too much beyond saying that it was a real, human, love story - would highly recommend both the narrator and the book.

1 person found this helpful

Where in the world are we?

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

I was very disappointed to find that the narrative is not, as the summary suggests, one sole English narrator, but is in fact frequently interspersed with readings from a cast of very poor American actors. I have nothing against American readers but it seems rather odd that they should have been combined with an English narrator and cast to read a story firmly set in late eighteenth England.

2 people found this helpful

A great stroy, brilliantly told

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-10

This book kept me listening and engaged through every hour...it combines a compelling story with a brilliant narrator - a rare and enjoyable treat!