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All good until the end

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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: 11-10-19

Absolutely loved this: the characters, the plot, the underlying themes of power between men and women, the way religious beliefs affect lives, what is madness and how it is treated. But the ending! Too shabby after, as the narrator says, being together for so long.

Clever but confusing

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

Reviewed: 22-08-19

Well narrated and gives a good feel of what it would be like to conduct everyday life in The Troubles. I enjoyed it more when I decided to go with the feel rather than try to follow the ins and outs of the relationships and plot closely.

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Too much teenage bashing

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

Reviewed: 20-08-19

Love John Bishop and lots of really funny bits here, just found the teenager bashing a bit tedious after a while.

Rewarded for staying the course

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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: 27-08-18

I’m not surprised that the ratings for Dance steadily improve from volume to volume as with each passing book the reader becomes more attached to the characters and immersed in their world. Although there is a snobbishness to the high society aspects, the inclusion of some low life characters, of whom Powell seems equally fond, redeems this aspect.
The scope of the 12 novels, of time, society and the huge cast of characters is like a long running TV series where characters dip in and out of the spot light and this inevitably means that one enjoys some sections more than others. But it is definitely worth hanging on through any section which grabs you less. I found the last volume particularly poignant as characters whom you first met as bright young things age and, in some instances, die, balanced with a new generation of bright young things of the 60s emerging into a very different society.
I could waffle on; great stories, beautiful use of English and excellent narration. Get listening!!

Reasonable telling

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

The narration was good and the amount of detail just right. Unfortunately the story itself has an inbuilt repetitiveness to it in Ireland’s continual struggle to throw off the yoke of the English, which it is impossible to get away from . Also I hadn’t noticed that the book stopped with the outbreak of World War 2 and was hoping for an overview up to 2000.
But a good general introduction, nevertheless.

Contrived

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

This is definitely a ‘go with the flow’ listen, as it is impossible to keep track of characters. Different voices help somewhat, but weren’t different enough or sufficiently expressive to solve the problem.
The way the story of Lincoln’s bereavement and grief ( and that of others) is told seemed a clever experiment, but didn’t make me care about the characters or admire the writing.

Love Jacobi, not sure about the book.

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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: 17-07-18

I’m a huge Jacobi fan, and have been since ‘I Claudius’ in 1976,but I found the plot tortuously plodding and the characters unconvincing.

Trollope at his best

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

I believe this book has the reputation of being Trollope’s best novel, and it is well-deserved. Characters to care about, decent plot lines, well written and well narrated. Most enjoyable.

Good story , clumsily written

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

Having loved ‘A House Full of Daughters’ by this author, I eagerly started ‘Abdication.’ I enjoyed the plot but the writing felt like the stilted attempts of a teenager attempting novel writing for the first time and trying to include as many adjectives, adverbs and subordinate clauses as they can. Historical detail and love scenes were included with equal awkwardness.
The narrator has a beautiful voice for narration and did her best with the stilted sentences but it was an uphill struggle and, given that recordings of Edward VIII ‘s voice are so well known, her attempt at his accent was poor.
All in all, a disappointing listen.

Loved this!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

As a big fan of “The Land” and “Portrait of a Marriage” in my teens, as well as all things Virginia and Vita, this was right up my street. Juliet’s reflections on motherhood and also death of a parent were thought provoking too. An excellent listen.