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Excellent

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Reviewed: 09-05-20

I read this novel years ago probably when it first came out. I have been finding it so hard to find decent audiobooks that I thought I would try this one again knowing that I would probably have forgotten most of the plot, which was indeed the case! What a treat it turned out to be, even second time around. Marvellous to listen to such a well crafted novel, full of well drawn characters and a great plot, beautifully read. The combination of great writing and great narration seems to be incredibly hard to find these days. I think I will need to revisit more of Ian Rankin’s back catalogue.

Very entertaining

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Reviewed: 04-05-20

I didn’t know what to expect from this novel, not previously having heard of Michael Crichton. I was drawn more by the fact that it was narrated by Michael kitchen. It turned out that these two Michaels together were a great combination. It’s a very curious book and could be regarded as flawed in several ways, but the overall effect was quite fascinating and entertaining and I really enjoyed it. Michael Kitchen’s narration was wonderful, as ever. Highly enjoyable.

Awful narrator

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Reviewed: 27-04-20

I’ve only managed about half an hour of this book and I’m giving up. It really hasn’t gripped me in terms of the writing, plus the narrator has such a modern voice it just doesn’t sound at all right for the period in which this book is set. I keep coming across audiobooks with poor narration, it’s very frustrating.

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Another good story

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Reviewed: 27-04-20

This is the third or fourth novel that I have read by this author and she certainly tells a good tale. I continue to be appalled by the amount of racism that seems to exist throughout the USA, absolutely appalling. But the novel was well written, the plot absorbing and the narrator was excellent.

Ruined by the narration

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Reviewed: 27-04-20

During this time of lockdown I was looking for a long, easy listening novel and thought a Rosamond Pilcher would probably fit the bill. It did, to a certain extent although I did find the story increasingly unbelievable, but it’s very gentle and has a feel good factor. However, I must make a note to never, ever buy a book read by this narrator again. She completely ruined the novel with her exaggerated delivery, infantile and incredibly irritating. It was as if she was reading to a class of eight-year-olds. Her portrayal of any woman over the age of 40 seemed to turn them into ancient crones, just dreadful.

Charming, if brief

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Reviewed: 18-04-20

I have not heard of this author before, but the book was recommended to me. I enjoyed it as a light and entertaining piece. I thought the narrator was excellent. I’m not entirely clear why this is regarded as such a masterpiece, but it was fun and an interesting period piece
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Millennium Madness

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Reviewed: 05-04-20

A good fun read from Jonathan Coe and a step up from The Rotters Club in terms of quality of writing - or perhaps it was just tighter editing. I am the same age as Coe so found this brought back so many memories, lots of very funny moments and plenty of cringeworthy ones too. Looking forward to listening to the next installment.

A good read

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Reviewed: 05-04-20

My first Chris Hammer novel, bought based on the good reviews, and I wasn't disappointed. A gripping story, only slightly far fetched in places with a satisfying denouement. Such a shame he decided to name his main female character Madalay Blonde though...

Fabulous

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Reviewed: 05-04-20

What a great read, le Carré at this best Wonderful atmosphere, scene seeing and plot.

One of his best!

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Reviewed: 05-04-20

Moments of laugh out loud humour, a great array of characters and intertwining plot lines made for a most enjoyable listen. I'd already listened to the Rotters Club and The Closed Circle so it was happy to catch up again with Benjamin and his friends.
My only issue was with Rory Kinner's narration which I found irritating with most of the female characters sounding like Hinge and Bracket or pantomime dames with cracked falsetto voices.
I enjoy Jonathan Coe's writing style and share his political views, so I found his all very much to my taste. I find it more than a little ironic that so many of the negative reviews of this book are from Brexiteers who appear to have lost whatever sense of humour they might once have had. With Boris Johnson as PM you'd think they'd need all the humour they could get.

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