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Really enjoyed this, after a slightly off putting start

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-20

I think the dispossessed is better and on a related theme but this was easier (and shorter). As always le guin is so thought provoking and makes the familiar strange, like the great sociologist. Optimism about the human spirit - much needed in these dark times

So far, so good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-20

I’m only about 10 hours in, so still a way to go. I saw Ben Miles in the stage version and he was great. I agree he’s not as good as the narrators of the other two books in the trilogy but he’s really not bad. I think he’s just a bit too actorly and trying too hard with the accents at times. The only name he pronounces differently from the other two is wriothsley, or however you spell it, and honestly you can get used to that. But this is a long, long book and I think it should have been given to one of the audio experts to read. Hopefully another version will appear eventually. At least it’s not being read by Mantel, as is too often the (worst) way (eg le carre, kingsolver). Stick with it, Mantel fans.

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Enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-19

The performances are great and I love the mix of humour and seriousness. But some of the fight scenes went on a bit too long for my taste!

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Is it all in the performance?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-18

Gosh this is depressing stuff. But the performance is superb and really highlights the glory of the audio book. I can’t believe I would have finished the print version. Some of the writing is brilliant and feels very true and illuminating. But I didn’t really believe in the two main characters.

Not the narrator for me

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-04-18

Prefer David Timson by far, sorry. I really wanted to like Meera Syal but I didn't understand why some of the London characters didn't have London voices and it started to grate after a while. Also I felt the pace of the narration was a bit slow. Great story and characters, as always.

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Brilliant prequel/sequel to the spy who came in from the cold

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-09-17

You do need to know 'the spy...' I think but this is a fantastic exploration of what all that scheming and plotting was about and the human and ethical consequences . I was a little disappointed by the narrator (where's Michael Jayston?) but he got better towards the end.

Great American novel status?

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Reviewed: 28-08-17

Annie Proulx manages to combine a history of North American colonialism, environmental destruction and great storytelling. It's not easy to maintain interest in characters over a period of 500 years or whatever, but I think she does it pretty well and makes you care about most of the central characters even if they only appear for a short while. It would have been nice to have a printed family tree available for reference, but mostly I managed to follow who was who. I thought the narrator was fantastic, keeping everyone clearly distinct. There were a few parts where it dragged a bit (unless you are really into trees) but I'm very glad I stuck with it. Wish Trump would read it and learn.

odd

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I'm assuming Anne Tyler really doesn't care for the original, I can't believe she doesn't know it. Either way, this is an odd re-telling. It starts off well and I liked the set-up. The characters of Kate and Pyotr were both quite vinegar-y, as is her father. The scenes at the nursery were very funny. Somehow it seemed to lose it's way though, once the wedding plans got underway. There was a long scene towards the end where Kate makes egg salad and then throws it away, which may be deep and meaningful but was a bit lost on me and just seemed a bit tedious. It almost felt like Anne Tyler didn't know what to do with the story having got to the wedding, but had a word-count target to meet!
I did enjoy it, overall, and the narrator was very good once you got used to her rather precise way of speaking. I just wish the last quarter had been as good as the first!
If this is your first Anne Tyler, it really isn't very representative - try something else of hers.

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Enjoyable and relevant - brilliantly narrated

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 14-05-16

I really enjoyed this. It is read very well by Timothy West and jogs along at a good pace except for one or two sections when Trollope has a bit of a rant about the press or the church. It is noticeably lacking in dramatic tension at times, for example when the Warden spends a day killing time in London and...nothing much happens! But somehow it doesn't matter because you have spent time in the company of the warden and his ethical dilemmas and human scruples, his cowardice and his courage. The conclusion of what happens to the hospital is a bit conservative for me but not too improbable. Although the focus here is on the power and wealth of the church, the conflicts are not a million miles from today's debates about inequality, tax avoiders and the 1%.

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Wrong narrator

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Joanna David is excellent reading Jane Austen but she is just so wrong for the voice of the young Canadian woman at the heart of this wonderful, important novel. I just couldn't listen to it after a few chapters and had to buy an alternative reading by Claire Danes which is available on cd from Amazon. It's not perfect, but her voice does seem to match the central character who is also the narrator relating the story. I don't understand why that isn't available on Audible - it should be.

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