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Beautifully narrated, poignant and interesting

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-09-20

Warning. Probably not a good idea to read if you are expecting or wanting a baby. I was surprised by the content - maybe I hadn't read the intro but the tale was extremely interesting from a nursing point of view when one considers the progress and methodology of caring nowadays. One thing that jarred was the request to telephone relatives. I doubt many people had a telephone in those days. The care and compassion shown by the nurses was touching and I would hope that this is still the case today.

Uncomfortably descriptive and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 06-09-20

This should be ready by anybody thinking of war as glamorous, noble or necessary. I have read many books on both world wars but somehow this touched me the most. It may have been the flattish tones of the narrator (and yes, the geordie accent of the sergeant was ghastly), the lack of drama that made the conditions in the trenches so horrific. No wonder so many men and women were broken by what they experienced. I read this shortly after John Boyne's The Hearts Invisible Furies (which is now my favourite book ever). This has a similar thread running through it of unrequited love. Yes - I definitely recommend it.

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Heart warming and devastating in equal measure

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-09-20

Beautifully and thoughtfully written and perfectly narrated. I have to say though that despite some wonderfully descriptive and hilarious chapters e.g. getting in the hammock, I found I was left with great sadness. However, despite what I felt, this is a book that should be read by as many people as possible.

Possibly the best book I have ever listened to.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-20

The narrator was quite astounding. He managed all accents, ages, genders and he did it all without any unnecessary inflections. The author must have been thrilled. The fact that the book was so long was such a bonus - I am bereft now it has come to an end. What can possibly follow on from that! The story is so artfully told that even when the timeframe shifts, it is easy to understand. To be able to make one laugh, cry and shout in fury within one chapter - sometimes within a sentence is an amazing achievement. I hope you enjoy it and I also hope that this book can lead to more kindness, empathy and compassion.

Brilliantly constructed and narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-20

Read it. You won't be disappointed. I also love the wit of Detective Alice.

Best soliloquy I've ever heard

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 20-05-20

What an amazing play. Brilliantly narrated by the author. True pathos. Please listen to it and expand your world

I've found a new author!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-05-20

This was less a detective story but more of a psychological tale. I was rather confused at first with the jumping around of various characters and their families but soon understood that I should concentrate! What an insightful piece. Every house had their different dramas - all exposed by a dreadful event. Really good book.

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Sooooooo long winded

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-20

I can't believe that I listened so long. I got to 4 hours remaining and decided that there were such good books out there I shouldn't waste my ears. I don't really know what was wrong - it could have been that the "victims" just appeared so wet. Sorry Mr Bale.

Unusual storyline but worth listening to

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

Reviewed: 24-02-20

I was wary about reading this as I had not listened to the others in the series but managed to work out most back stories. Richard Armitage was a very good narrator. However, the editing was at fault in that there seemed to be no pauses between chapters leading to a lot of confusion as to who was talking!

Sad, funny and poignant

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

Reviewed: 26-01-20

I have two boys and found this agonizing to listen to in places, remembering the cruel/hilarious nicknames they had for their friends and how these young men turned out. Beautifully written (remembered?).