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The Reluctant Hermit

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the opposite of gripping

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Reviewed: 14-02-18

bought this book having heard it was based on the true story of the author's family being stalked so I thought it would be exciting.Being told the outcome at the beginning of the book took away any sense of anticipation, bit like getting the football results before the game.The first half is all about a childhood which was dull. Second part about a marriage which was also dull.I didn't like his style of writing and did not have any connection or affection for the character.....blabbing on without anything actually happening. And even the main theme of the stalking (I presume that was the main theme since the book is called "Fear", but you wouldn't know) was described in such a mundane way I found it uninteresting. A big disappointment and I was glad when I reached the end

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very entertaining

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Reviewed: 04-12-17

I really enjoyed this book. Well narrated with 3D characters and a good story line. Would recommend.

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I love paranormal fiction but not this one

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Reviewed: 28-09-17

I suppose I have been spoiled by the likes of Harry Dresden and the phil rickman novels but I found this very predictable and it didn't hold my attention. I think younger listeners will enjoy it

No holds barred, interesting and funny

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Reviewed: 25-09-17

I really enjoyed listening to this book and his narration was excellent. I look forward to listening to his more recent autobiography which I am just away to download!

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Can't believe this won the Costa

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Reviewed: 25-09-17

I wouldn't wish any of these events on anyone but I found the book was just several short stories that failed to hold my interest. Disappointed as it got rave reviews on the radio

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Mills and boon go medieval

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Reviewed: 14-09-17

Well I listened to the whole book but thought it was mostly uninteresting apart from the description of the buildings.the characters were all fairly awful and the story was unbelievable. Im kind of glad I can get on and listen to something without rapes galore! .a lot of people have given it good reviews so I expected to enjoy it.the narration was well done but it was too long by half.

such slow narration .totally ruined it

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Reviewed: 08-06-17

I love the David Ashton radio 4 plays with Brian Cox but he has ruined this book for me by reading it himself. He ought to stick to writing. The narration is so important and his snail's pace delivery was irritating and tedious. It might well be a good story if read by an actor but I wouldn't recommend it. Listen to the sample first at any rate....well at a slow rate!!!

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have already bought book two. Best book for ages

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Reviewed: 18-03-17

If you like Robert Crais and Lee Child (I got a bit fed up of "Reacher said nothing" after book 100) then you will probably like this. Lots of improbable bits but it's fiction! so we ought to expect that really. Action packed and good well rounded characters. I did find his single mother neighbour a bit of a pain and just couldn't imagine her holding down her responsible job (or any job) with her non existent life skills but it didn't spoil the book. Hurray!!! a new author to add to my list.

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my taste, I don't like this narrator.

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Reviewed: 14-12-16

I would advise listening to the audio clip before buying. I cannot stand listening to this narrator. I think it is a matter of taste. It puts me right off!!! He's probably a nice man. I have heard him before and just don't like the way he talks.

used to like him but this was awful

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Reviewed: 30-08-16

he was like a teenager "do you now what I mean?" "do you no what I mean" after every sentence. really not funny and slow and lazy. I really enjoyed his autobio but this has put me right off listening to anything else he does.

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