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Quite an interesting story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-18

This was well read by the author. The american accent she adopted for the main character wasn't too exagerrated and therefore worked. The story was interesting and moved along at a good pace. The teenage protagonists were well portrayed and on the whole believable although the plot did have the odd hole in it! I enjoyed it and will look for other novels by this writer.

Good story spoilt by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I have always enjoyed The Shell Seekers having read the hard copy many years ago. I bought this recording to
enjoy it again but found the narrator Hayley Atwell falls short in many ways. She races through some passages as if she is bored, drops her voice so that you have turn up the volume regularly and mispronounces many words which is very distracting. I was disappointed as a result.

Really good

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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: 30-01-18

I enjoyed this book very much. I found the characters well crafted and sympathetically portrayed. The story is an interesting one and well executed. It is quite long but I enjoyed the gradual development of the relationships and the plot. The narrator was excellent, getting the nuances of the different voices of the characters beautifully. This is the best of the Nora Roberts books I have read so far.

Good Listening

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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: 29-01-18

I enjoyed this book although it might have been a bit on the long side. I was interested in the idea of what would happen if a couple agreed to a "break" in their marriage. What happens is not that earth shaking and fairly predictable but I found the characters sympathetic and the side stories mostly amusing. I also liked the outcome. The narration was very good.

Reasonable story, bad romance

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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: 09-01-18

I quite enjoyed the crime story which held my attention most of the time. I found the love interest really tiresome. The female defence attorney came across as feeble and the big strong policeman as too masterful! I found the love scenes a bit soppy and yucky. He kept on pulling her onto his lap like a father with his child. She was small and vulnerable and he was big and powerful - awful stereotyping and not very fair to women in responsible professions. It was, however, very well read.

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Sometimes improbable

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

While I enjoyed aspects of this book I thought that the author had thrown too much content at the story covering the menopause, returning to the workforce after a long absence, self harming child, potential affair, useless husband, money pit of a house, ageing parents and their problems, chauvinism, etc, etc! Too much. In particular I was irritated by how spineless she was in dealing with her husband's self indulgent life style. I found that unconvincing.
However I did enjoy the humour and some of the insights into life for the "sandwich" generation. I found the reader difficult to hear sometimes as she drops her voice quite considerably when she is trying to sound confiding or conveying thoughts. That's probably ok if you are in a car listening to it or sitting down but I listen while doing other, sometimes
slightly noisy, things!

Not her best

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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: 23-09-17

I found this book a bit turgid. The love affair between Cam and Mia took up a lot of the narrative and I sided with Allie throughout although she was unconvincingly oblivious to what was going on which I thought improbable. The main thrust of the story about euthanasia was quite harrowing although the husband was quite an unsympathetic character. The Scottish side story was quite boring. I like most of Jodi Piccoult's books but this is not a favourite.

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Quite absorbing

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-17

I enjoyed listening to this book although I thought it was a bit too long. I found the constant reflections on the dead character Mara a bit laboured and sometimes unconvincing. The story included romance, adoption, sexual abuse, marital problems and family issues so there is a lot to get your teeth into! It was not a demanding story but good escapism if you enjoy this genre.

Unexpected end

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 18-09-17

It is difficult to review this book without giving away the twist at the end but I did enjoy it very much and found the story interesting as it unwound although sometimes harrowing. While listening I felt that there should have been two different voices for the characters but the end explained why that couldn't happen. It is tempting to re-listen to spot any inconsistencies but that would be petty!

Poignant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I thought this was a very good book. The subject matter was sad and the outcome inevitable but the two characters were well drawn and sympathetic. The narrator did a very good job of projecting the individual voices. I will be reading more books by this author and hope they will be as engrossing.

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