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Suspend All Disbelief

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-12

This book went from implausible to totally ridiculous. In the middle, I suddenly thought that perhaps I had picked a children's adventure story before realising that some of the previous content made that impossible. It ends like a really dreadful detective B movie of the fifties. If you want a real crime/thriller this is not for you.

3 people found this helpful


5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-11

This is a very unusual book - beautifully written and beautifully narrated. I was torn between wanting to listen to it and wanting to save it so I didn't get to the end too quickly!
Be warned though; don't listen to it unless you have a big box of tissues nearby. I would highly recommend this book.

7 people found this helpful


1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-11

Sadly, though I (and a friend) struggled through two hours of Johnny Depp's monotonous narration, that was as much as we could bear.

It was hard to know if it was his dull delivery and shocking attempt at an English accent plus mispronunciation of certain place names, etc. or the actual text of the book which was so boring. I agree with one of the previous reviews in that buying the book would have been preferable but, having listened to the first two hours, I am not disposed to waste my money.

6 people found this helpful


1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-10

This was a huge disappointment because the outline of the story did not prepare me for the real story. The narration is excellent and is probably the only reason I have hung on so long.

I have now listened for eight hours and am about to abandon this book - which goes right against the grain. I don't like not getting to the end.

Trouble is that there is only one character I have any empathy for. The rest are a whingeing, whining, boring bunch of people. I am sick to death of the whole lot.

Very disappointed.

3 people found this helpful


5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-10

This is the most enjoyable audiobook I have ever heard. The tragedy, for me, was coming to the end of it - I wanted to hear MORE! The wonderful characters were so evocatively played by a brilliant cast. I listened mostly when out walking my dogs and found myself laughing out loud to Mr Grantley "Good heavens!" and poor downtrodden Dr Proudie. This is a very entertaining and "classy" classic. It is beautifully written and dramatised. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

12 people found this helpful