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Part Detective story and part History lesson

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-18

Abir Mukherjee has surpassed himself. His first novel was excellent but this one is even more polished. It has inspired me to read more novels set India. So much goes on here. The national politics, police inter-department politics and the detection of the villain all weave in and out seamlessly. I learned so much about the Murghals but the historical information never got in the way of the story. The descriptive passages transported you so that you could almost see and smell the scenes as they unfolded.

Best of all it was a cracking good detective story with a strong and surprising ending

A story that comes alive from the very beginning.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-18

Each character in this book deserves a novel of their own. It was so atmospheric, due in equal parts to,the story and the narrator. Holly Golightly has such an interesting backstory. I wish the Author had written more novels about her.

Started well but fell apart very quickly.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-18

The story plodded along without any character grabbing the attention. Various Story lines started then did not go anywhere. It was very predictable. I got to the last 2. Chapters and then gave up. I did not care what happened to any ot them.

4 people found this helpful

Very Boring, not what I e pe t from Heyer

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-18

This story was a simple tale which could have been told lines. None of the characters were believable and there was none of the wit and banter one expects of this Author. The narrator over-emphasised each persons’ voice. Generally poor value.

Very disjointed story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-17

This is the first I have read by this author. I did not feel there was any flow to book. Part of it were well written, but others were just boring and drawn out.

Too many coincidences to make it believable.

3 people found this helpful

Japanese and Chinese in WWII in USA

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-17

This is a combination of a love story and a History lesson. Two young high school pupils form a friendship, but are torn apart when the Japanese citizens are interred.

Wonderful narration, I got a real sense of the time and place. It is set over two time frames, both of which totally immersed me in the era. There is so much unsaid in the story, which adds beautifully to it poignancy .

A weak story which only came to life at the end

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I don't think the hatred of the two wives for each other was convincing.

What was most disappointing about Tamar Cohen’s story?

The back story of the two women did not have much detail. Then right at the end it seemed rushed to bring it to a conclusion. The ending was like a soap opera.

What aspect of Julia Franklin and Penelope Rawlins ’s performance might you have changed?

I thought her narration was good and it was easy to,distinguish characters. I would not change anything about the narration.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Very believable story brilliantly narrated.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Any additional comments?

All of the couples in the book have very interesting stories to tell. So many contrasting lives. I like a realistic book and felt a real connection to all the characters. The narration made the book come alive. A wonderfully descriptive author who made me want to stay in the area and at the hotel

2 people found this helpful

A slow paced story.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Any additional comments?

Two people meet by chance years after they separated. Over the course of the day we learn about their lives. It is quite a gentle unfolding, but never really went anywhere.
A good book to read on short journeys. It got a bit samey, and some of the characters seemed to be introduced for no particular reason.

An unusual story.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Where does The Other Typist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book had an interesting setting, a police station in the prohibition era. A young lady is sucked in by a colleague and as we travel through their relationship we have no idea how it will end. Little hints are given, but the finale is very well done.