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Highly Recommend

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-19

Really enjoyed listening to this book. Loved the charactors. Having listened to a number of Victorian detective stories, this has a charm which many do not. while detailing living conditions etc of the era it did so in a way that highlighted the unpleasantness without the nauseating language of other authoes. Excellent narration Hope there are more from this author. Highly recommend.

Brutal Thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Rather too much red meat for my taste, but a strong story line well read as always by Ian Hanmore. It was difficult to empathise with the main character who was vicious and to be honest at times stupid. Is there really so much corruption in the Scottish Police force? At times it was hard to distinguish between the police and the villains. However, it kept my interest until the end. Lots of strong characters and a few weird ones on both sides of the law. Not sure if it is the right thing to say that that it was a good read as the subject matter was beyond grisly and also disturbing, but certainly well written and well paced. For those who like their steak rare, I would say it is an excellent book.

A Thoroughly Good Read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-17

I could not put this book down. The characters are wonderfully drawn and lived for me. The era it covers is written tactfully but its horror is not overlooked. I found a better understanding of the times and the affect on the different nationalities than any history lesson had done. The use of the house as a medium in which to hold the story together works well, however I was dudappointed that I wad never entirely able to visualise the house. Not sure whether that was writer error or more likely my failing. Perhaps the ending was slightly too comfortable but nevertheless I would thoroughly recommend this book.


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Compelling and Thought Provoking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-17

I really loved this book. What is a good deeld? So many ethical dilemmas inside a thoroughly entertaining story. I found it hard to put down. Excellent narrator. Author did well to maintain the main character's believability and authenticity. Just a couple of forgiveable slips, otherwise brilliant. For me he made the different periods in history come to life. Thorighky recommend this book.

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Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Less Mills and Boon style romantic scenes Some aspects of this book I found unbelievable. I just could not believe a mother would leave her baby in the manner that Rose did. Not sure why it was called the Perfume Garden, I didn't find I knew much more about how perfume is produced, rather glossed over that aspect I felt. The little it contained was interesting.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I found the characters one dimensional. The bad guys were so bad and the good guys just too good. Would have liked to have understood the background to the civil war in Spain more.

Did The Perfume Garden inspire you to do anything?

No. Although I was not aware of the utter brutality of the war, or that children had been sent back to Spain from England.

Any additional comments?

There seems so many novels out just now using the device of split time. It sometimes interferes with the flow of the story. It is written as two separate stories, which inevitably come together ish. There seems rather a lot of unexplained situations, and very obvious plot devices. Nothing subtle or intriguing, all very obvious. The only character who found bull fighting offensive happened to be a totally unsympathetic one in the plot. She failed to understand the beauty of the bull fight. Yeah!

Unputdownable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-15

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invention of Wings?

Too many memorable moments to give just one.

What about Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye ’s performance did you like?

I really liked the use of two readers. Enhanced the telling of this heartbreaking story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times very distressing, but told so well that even the most dreadful moments were accessible.

Any additional comments?

This is truly a wonderful book. I always knew that slavery was disgusting, and this book illustrates this well. However, it is also a book about bravery, belief in oneself and love.

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Brilliant insight to this Country and it's people

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-15

Any additional comments?

I was uncertain whether I really wanted to hear this, but it was on my book club's list so I gave it a go. I couldn't put it down. I felt that I better understood the situation in the country and what had lead to it's problems. Somewhat brutal at times, certainly very sad in places, but always fascinating.

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THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-15

What did you like most about The Tiger in the Well?

A cast of super characters, deliciously bad baddies, and likeable goodies (perhaps a little to good at times). Nice plot.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tiger in the Well?

Good action sequences, easily visualised.

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

Lovely lovely Anton Lesser. Cannot do anything wrong in my eyes. He could read the telephone directory and I would enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

I so liked reading a book which didn't rely on foul language and irrelevant sex scenes. Perhaps an old fashion read but all the better for that.

Well written Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-15

What about Annie Aldington’s performance did you like?

Not sure Annie Aldington's performance suited the characters entirely.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

IGood story, although some rather nasty graphic details of slaughter. And the culprit was somewhat obvious.

Any additional comments?

The written preview had nothing to do with the actual story, so assume that there was a mistake by Audible.

ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rosie Effect to be better than the print version?

The narrator of this audio book is excellent, but I would enjoy the written book equally as well. I loved the first Rosie novel and was not disappointed in this one

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Would be difficult to point out any particular scene, there were so many laugh out loud moments. Schene where Don is watching the children at play, although with an obvious outcome, was priceless.

Any additional comments?

Graeme Simsion has done it again. Yet another joyful book. Hated getting to the end of it, but couldn't wait to hear more.

3 people found this helpful