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I wouldn’t bother

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

Reviewed: 09-05-20

Overlong story about horrible people. I stopped listening for long periods, without missing anything important it seemed, yet still it lasted forever.

Well written, brilliantly narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-05-20

I wasn’t sure about getting this book due to the subject matter, but I went for it because of the reviews and didn’t regret it.

The writing is clever. It irritates me when authors explain things as if the reader/listener is stupid. Deborah Bee doesn’t do that. One example is the acronyms, it was probably a good few pages before we got to understand their meaning and the explanation was part of the story, subtle and cleverly done. I like that.

Finally, whatever the author paid Emma Gregory to read her book was definitely worth it! As audiobook listeners well know, the narrator can break even the best book, but Emma made each character come to life. I’d highly recommend this book.

Absolutely Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 25-04-20

Beautifully written and beautifully read. A gentle story of embroidery and bell ringing. It made me smile and it made me cry. Sublime.

I Loved This Book!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-20

I loved the characters, the story that was winding like the river and the narration which was perfection. Not every actor makes a good narrator, often they only seem to come to life when responding to stage-type directions, but Juliet Stevenson was wonderful, gentle and meandering just like the river.

Really Very Good

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

Reviewed: 14-01-20

An intelligent story brilliantly read by both narrators. For me a ‘full review 5 star listen’ which is extremely rare.

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Not Good Narration

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

Reviewed: 14-10-19

The story was ok. I could see it being made into a film but the narrator was pretty poor, very flat, which made it very, very long and meant I didn’t much care about any of the characters. Could have been a lot better.

1 person found this helpful

Not For Me

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-19

The narration was ok but the story...good grief. So implausible all the way through and the ending, well I fast forwarded through most of it. You might like it but I wouldn’t recommend it.

24 people found this helpful

Bravo Imogen Church!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-19

I really enjoyed Ruth Ware's unsettling story and it was read brilliantly by Imogen Church, she did a fantastic job. I particularly liked the "creeeeeaaaaak"s :) Definitely worth a credit.

2 people found this helpful

Good Grief

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

Reviewed: 21-07-19

This author’s use of a previous novel seems lazy and this book drags on and on. I still have three hours left so I’m sending it back. Not for me.

1 person found this helpful

Beautiful And Exquisitely Read

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

Reviewed: 20-07-19

I loved this book, the story is magical and tender, the language is beautiful. Carl Prekopp was perfect, he read the spaces between the words as much as the words themselves and breathed life and feeling into them. Perfection.