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Brilliant

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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: 08-10-19

Such a short book but packed full. Had a similar thing happen to me. No wisdom teeth involved. I'd forgotten all about it till I read this book, but boy am I mad now!

Wonderful writing. Brilliantly observed. For me it was a masterpiece. What an amazing litterary voice this woman has.

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Beautiful

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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: 16-03-19

Wonderful writing. Brilliantly written. A joy of a book. Loved the myth weaving and the reveals on some characters we thought we knew so well.

Very predictable

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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: 06-01-19

Thought the narrators voice was very good. Sadly the story is a bit thin. You know who-did-it and why from very early on. There's an awful lot of repetition of ideas and thoughts, and it's very difficult to believe that the principle character can't see who did it. I listened to it, hoping there was some kind of twist I hadn't seen, but no.

makes the brain fizz with possibilities

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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: 24-04-18

Loved this book. Narrator is really good. Fantastic ideas, loved all the detail, and some of the terminology. Wonderful story. Yes it repeats, but I think that’s all part of its own fabulous unique style. Had to actually stop and listen hard during time machine final sequence. But not so sure listening really hard made that much difference. Great stuff.

Amazing Planet

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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: 22-04-18

Really enjoyed this book, loved getting to know the octopus better. What amazing beings. Found the initial chapters a bit hard going, but would read the whole thing again. Have always liked octopuses, now I have a hundred reasons as to why.

Teen Fiction

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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: 22-04-18

Very much teen fiction. As an adult, you can tire a bit of the petty-minded characters. But on the whole, it is an interesting story, and not really meant for an adult audience. So you are forewarned. Performance was very good. Story works.

An Everyman's life as Epic journey

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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: 22-04-18

Loved this. Didn't like the beginning, as it feels a bit cliched, but as soon as Cyril took centre stage, was won over. Enjoyed all the characters that he came into contact with, some awful, some wonderful, some can't-believe-they-just-said-that! Charming, funny and gives the reader a sense of how a 'normal' human life can be epic. Maybe best not to listen to the last chapter in the car, as tissues are needed for a few stray tears. Worth a read.

What an absolute Joy of a book.

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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: 01-03-18

This is an audience experience like no other. It's like having a crazy, wild friend around for a few nights with her ukulele in tow. She reminds me of the energy enthusiasm and raw joy-of-life that is so often missing in our politically correct over sanitised world. I guess some people might think she's a bit marmite - you either love her or hate her. Possibly? But she had some really profound insights on life. She has the most beautiful reading voice. Her diction is brilliant and skilled. I have never been a fan of the ukulele, but I have to say in her hands, well she's won me over. And who's to say she's not right? Maybe it could solve a few word problems. Please do look after this woman. She is very exposed, don't let her bruise. I miss her already.

Great story, with lots of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

Thought the story was really good. Chilling how bullying reaches out from the past and infects the present. Liked the way that you really didn't know who had done it till close to the end. Lots of twists and turns and red herrings.

Just misses being really good

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

The narrator was a bit annoying with all the different voices. But the main reason I marked this down was that it so nearly works. The middle bit was a bit boring, with my just wondering why on earth they don't go to the police and getting irritated with the fact that no one will tell you what happened. Some of the murders are improbable. Don't want to give any spoilers, but there's one which is just silly. It's a shame, because it's a really good idea, and there are lots of interesting threads. The twist at the end certainly makes you understand some of the - why-no-police, but it's kind of dumped in there as an after thought, and it would have been better to weave it in from an earlier point. A near miss, a good idea, would I recommend? probably not. Would make a great film though.