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Good but not riveting.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-20

I enjoyed this. Although it was a bit depressing and I wished that quite so many nice people hadn’t died.
It was well narrated though it sounded dated in parts despite being written only 20 years ago. Young women using the kind of language and expressions that are familiar to me from my 85 year old mother and her friends.
I found the sensible doctor and her extended sensible, professional oh so accomplished, family very smug and irritating. I think we were supposed to admire them. I couldn’t stand them. Nonetheless you do get a lot of people like that in small cathedral cities.
I will try the next one in the series but I will have a break first.

Enjoyable listen.

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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: 21-02-20

Fast paced and enjoyable. The narrator manages to keep you interested throughout. The plot becomes quite complicated and hard to follow at points and a little ridiculous towards the end but overall this doesn’t seem to matter.
Perhaps the main drawback is that the story is quite violent and some of the fight scenes don’t lend themselves to audio. It is well performed by Kerry Shale.

Struggling to get to the end of this.

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

Reviewed: 15-02-20

I think my problem might be the narrator. Her voice makes everything sound superficial and silly. There is very little change in intonation it quickly becomes irritating drivel. Very difficult to engage or take any of it seriously.
I had listened to the one about the library women of East Kentucky which was really excellent. But apparently plagiarised. So perhaps JoJo Moyes is actually quite lightweight and not that interesting as a writer.

Sad compelling and strange

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

Reviewed: 11-02-20

This story is mainly well told. A little confusing at times - it’s always interesting to listen to. It is a sad story and it remains slightly puzzling and unresolved despite it’s telling. Lillian has a simple childlike personality and she seems even now not to have agency in her own life. Despite her son Daniel’s best efforts, there is the sense that she still does not fully connect with deeper parts of herself.

Shallow and very silly. Much of it rather dull.

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-20

This is not very good but maybe some people enjoy this kind of stuff? It’s about on the level of a fairly bad Soap. The characters are shallow pantomime figures who become progressively more annoying. The plot has potential but then stretches credulity to the point of becoming ridiculous. The narrator is terrible the whole book read in the same urgent monotone - which is exhausting.

Slightly fast audio

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-19

I found the audio on this to be very slightly fast. This included the introduction which says it’s brought to you by Audible. I tried the slow speed but that was far too slow. As a result I was unable to listen.

An entertaining listen but not his best.

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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: 09-12-19

This is not one of his better books. Although it had the usual energy and pace that I associate with a novel by Harlan Coben it was very poorly written in parts and the plot and characters lacked credibility. It felt rushed. It started well but the ending apart from one clever twist felt weak and rather drawn out. It wasn’t boring it just wasn’t great either.

Unable to finish

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

Reviewed: 27-11-19

Unfortunately for me personally, the actor’s Nigerian accent while providing authenticity, made the story feel dense and hard to follow.
That said it seem to be an interesting and unusual novel and I would very much like to have finished it.

Enjoyable

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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: 31-10-19

Enjoyable and very well narrated by John Telfer. An interesting idea for a story. I zoned out at points when the plot became convoluted and the historical detail a bit mind numbing but overall it’s well paced and there’s enough to keep you going. And his stories always have a kind of old fashioned charm.

Light weight one-dimensional ridiculous.

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-19

Hard to know where to start. This is astonishingly superficial silly and dull.
The narration is very poor. It’s flat and lacks any credible emotion. The narrator and several main characters all speak in the same highly irritating, drippy, good girl voice.
The story itself is ridiculous in so many ways. It reminds me of one of those poor child versus nasty bully/wicked teacher/evil stepmother stories that used to be standard fare in children’s comics.
It has no depth at all. The characters are completely one dimensional. The plot is utterly ridiculous. I haven’t read or listened to KL Slater before so perhaps I should not have expected anything any better. But pretty trashy all round.

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