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Ruben

Spain
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Excellent narration and a good book

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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: 24-08-18

Third booker read/listen this year and certainly the best so far (Donal Ryan and Michael Ondaatje were a little disappointing). It is about an 18-year old girl and how she tries not to care about what the people in her paranoid and gossip-sick neighbourhood in Northern-Ireland during the troubles think about her. And then how her trying not to care makes things only get worse.

There is a section around half-way where things move a little slow and at some point I was even tempted to give it up, but I am very glad I continued as the end is the best. The beautiful voice of the narrator certainly helped in persevering!

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

good investigative journalism...

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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: 13-08-18

... and a very intriguing story. it gives insight in how silicon valley works from the atmosphere on the work floor all the way to the top and the enormous amounts of money involved. also well written with lots of pace, and pleasantly read.

4 stars for the good writing, 2 for the story

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

never really got into the story, only occasionally was I really curious to see what would happen. maybe more of a reading book than a listening one. that being said, there are plenty of beautiful sentences and original images that transport you to the mysterious world of the main character's cloudy recollection of his youth. glad I read something by Ondaatje, but not really hungry for more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

the guy reads too fast... fascinating nevertheless

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

very interesting story even though already 14 years old. one thing I kept wondering about was what the purpose of the trip was! the book is a beautiful result and tells an important story, but somehow I felt the need for a purpose beyond that of solely following Stanley's trail.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

waste of time and a credit

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

predictable plot, narrator who thinks every character is supercool, horrible flashbacks... all in all very disappointing

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

well written

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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: 16-01-18

I liked it a lot, the story is good, the characters are peculiar and young but believable, and the thing I liked most was the beautiful voice of the narrator.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

very enjoyable but not his best

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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: 30-09-17

I was really looking forward to this one after having read the Cicero trilogy and An Officer and a Spy. This was a bit harder for me to get into and when I finally did the book was almost finished. it seemed the main message of the book is to put Chamberlain in a positive light, which he successfully does, but plot was quite thin. four stars because overall I enjoyed it!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

beautiful story very well told

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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: 13-08-17

the characters, especially the mother and father, really came alive thanks to all the typical phrases that the writer recalls

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

not bad

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

but also nothing really special. the fact that it is set in the Raj made it interesting to continue listening.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

exceptional book, very well narrated

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

this is a beautiful story that is very well told. I also enjoyed the half an hour or so interview with John Irving at the end. more audiobooks should have such extras!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful