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The courage to leave a life you knew was wrong.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-20


I will get my criticism over quickly as there is so much good in this book.
It is simply that sometimes an author should not narrate his or her book. This is one of those times when unfortunately Megan sounded so robotic a lot of the time.

Moving to the positives, thank you for talking about your experiences, it must have been very hard to question things that you felt were not right and then not have anyone in your family to discuss this with.
I am not the biggest fan of social media but thank goodness you had this media where you could talk with others but also put a pause in the conversation to rethink and reflect your own and others views.

Your courage to explain yourself and admit that maybe your ideals were wrong is phenomenal.

I love that you were able to see that there is good in the world. That people outside your church are forgiving and kind despite the churches views of these people being loathsome and should be condemned to misery and damnation.

The Westboro Baptist’s felt that their Religion found them a place in heaven however they were not lead with love and understanding just fear and dread and no other way out.

A question comes to mind for me.....
What is the difference between a preacher and a psychotic? It's the sounds of the voices they hear.

Well done Megan for awakening a part of yourself to question the hate and antagonism you were told was ok.
To have the courage of your convictions to see the light and leave family, security and set sail to a new life which I hope has fulfilled you.

I would recommend that you listened to Megan’s TED talk and also watch the Louis Theroux programme were he stayed with the Phelps Roper family.

Great interviews with interesting people.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-20


Dermot laid back arm chair style interview comes over so well.

Downloaded and listened to the first series and loved it so much got the second and he does not disappoint.

Classic literature with exemplary narration

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

Reviewed: 10-07-20


Not my normal genre, but after listening to the 5 minute sample I was hooked with Martin Jarvis narration.

I know this is classic literature and I am sure I will be berated for this comment, however I personally feel that had a good editor got to grips with this it would be better.

I can’t say more about the book as everyone knows what’s happening in the plot,so no spoilers here.

Martin Jarvis is as I say above exemplary in his narration and kept me going through thick and thin.
Mr Jarvis narrated Lord of the flies which I listened to a few years ago and he is a joy to listen to.
I will seek him out for future books.

Gentle story of the lost years

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

Reviewed: 02-07-20


I do like Kathryn Hughes books, she writes clearly concisely and there is no getting lost with her descriptions of all her colorful characters.

This is not her best book, but nevertheless still good.

It is set in 1978 and the modern day, moving back and forth with each chapter filling the gaps over the years.

She pulls in all the threads throughout and ties them neatly at the end. You can feel the emotions of each character as you follow them through the story.

Yes I would recommend as a lighter read.

Beautiful descriptive prose.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-20


This book immerses you deep within its soul, the characters came alive and I felt I knew them intimately:
The exceptional descriptive narrative gave me an impression of what London felt, looked and even smelt like.

The narrators did a fabulous job, although it was slow, so I sped it up to 1.2 and for me personally that was better.
The narrator who spoke the voice of the child Charlotte was so convincing I thought it as a child. So often you get a banshee screech for children’s voices.

I apologies for not elaborating more on the story , however the summary of the book says it all, so I would just be spoiling it for you.

If you like a marvelously written historical fiction, you will enjoy this immensely.

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Transgender story told from a family perspective.

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

Reviewed: 27-06-20


This is the story of Rosie and Pen and there four and a half boys.

The story revolves around their last born child who is not sure of which title to use Claude or Poppy. (The Poppy name choice is also a tender sad moment in the book)

The story has a strong moral compass to what is ethically right. I loved the bedtime story of Princess Stephanie and Grimwald which Pen (writer husband) told to his children, It being a metaphor for growing up and difficult scenarios.

I rather like the last few chapters when Rosie and Claude/Poppy worked in Thailand. The Buddhist enlightenment and way of life was very touching and simply. It helped to explain a lot of issues that we sometimes struggle with in western cultures.

The book throws up lots of questions, which it should considering the subject matter.
It has certainly made me relook at how I see those around me.
Effectively the book asks
Is what we have in our pants relevant to the rest of the world?
Does one have to disclose everything about oneself, if one is perceived by society to be abnormal?
Why does society have the right to judge?

I think it’s worth a listen, but who am I to judge.

Adoption Life story

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

Reviewed: 20-06-20


Nice story, nothing taxing.

I needed a palate cleanser after doing the Tolstoy classics.

The story weaves between Irene the adopted child of Mr and Mrs Burns and Irenes birth mother Alice who fell pregnant to a soldier fighting in WW1, who unfortunately died shortly after their relationship started .

My only real criticism is the narrator, who read in what I can only describe as a jerky fashion. Her voice went very high and then low during sentences.
It’s something you get used to but was nonetheless irritating.

One life changing moment

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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: 12-06-20


I have really liked Linda Greens books.

This is no exception and is exquisitely and beautifully written. The characters are believable and out there in the community. Ms Green draws you in so that you care about these people and feel you have known them for years.

The story follows two family’s and the events before and after « the moment »

The narration is perfect and I thoroughly recommend this book.

Dawn of time sequel

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

Reviewed: 06-06-20


Having read the first book The clan of the cave bear and loved it, I was eagerly looking forward to learning about Aylas new adventures.

The book starts off well describing how Ayla makes a new life for herself after having to leave the Neanderthal clan who had nurtured her from the age of 5 after she was lost following an earthquake.

The problem is for me personally is that as this book moves on it gets a bit syrupy with Whinney the horse that Ayla adopts and Baby the cave lion that she saves.

Then towards the end when she meets Jondala it all becomes a bit fifty shades of fur.

Again personally I feel that the real essence of these books has been lost, when Ms Auel starts writing to please the masses and loses the little something she had in the first book that drew me in.

Lastly great narration by Rowena Cooper.

All said, I think I will call it a day after this book.

Dawn of time adventure

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

Reviewed: 29-05-20


Lovely book describing the life of a Cro Magnon girl found by a clan of Neanderthals after an earthquake.

The book describes life in prehistoric times and Ms Auel really gets you submerged into the essence of the time.

Despite that there was little or no narrative fir these people she writes a good book.

The characters are full, bold and rounded and I really enjoyed listening to their lives and interactions.

I will look forward to the next book in the series