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N. Taylor

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Brilliant, scholarly, absorbing, enlightening and entertaining

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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: 08-08-20

A refreshing piece of literature and an outstanding listen. Ruth Ozeki writes beautifully and reads equally well. Her accents are convincing: she does a perfect obachan, obaarchan, otaku and even an excellent French guy (the only givaway is “th” in both languages).
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Nothing special

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

Reviewed: 16-04-20

Why Peter Kaye’s Geraldine for one of the character voices?
OK story but a bit predictable at times.

Classic Murray

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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: 15-11-19

A real gem. The utterly wonderful world of a much loved bloke. He writes like he talks: with enthusiasm and passion.

Brilliant! So engaging and clever

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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: 15-11-19

Oh how I enjoyed this book. It had me lost in the quirky world of Jonasson's bonkers characters. The parallel stories twist and turn and finally all tie up nicely. The reader is a genius, creating a different voice for the dozens of characters. Highly recommended.

Disappointed

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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: 26-10-19

You expect adventure and tales of daring-do by the bucket load but they are sporadic and sandwiched between large sections droning on in self pity. Much repetition and some contradiction. A good epilogue though.

Didn't expect this to be so gripping

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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: 09-03-19

Wonderful read. I got totally immersed in this one. Highly recommended. Audible need to list more of this type of book.
Tally Ho!

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Magnificent eloquent work

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-18

A future classic. Fascinating, engaging and touching. A true master of his arts: both climbing and writing. I am impressed by Tommy’s honestly and openness.
I listened over again on finishing the first time.
Skilfully performed by the reader too.

So boring it actually made good bedtime listening

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

Reviewed: 30-07-18

... as it sent me to sleep.
A great cure for insomnia: you can listen to an episode, fall asleep half way through, and you won't miss a thing.
Utterly dull drone about an unsolved crime stretched out over 13 episodes.

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A joy

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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: 04-01-18

At first I didn’t like the reader, expecting to hear the familiar Bonington voice. But Gordon Griffin does a masterful job, sensitively and convincingly.
Bonington retells the same old tales with a wonderful freshness then goes on to surpass the heights of the mountains he has climbed, telling a story of youthful vigour and aging frailty and love. An inspiration.

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Great but not the 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: 22-12-17

Great read but a bit padded.
The reader can’t do accents so all his characters are the same.

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