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Excellent!

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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: 12-12-19

What a relief finding this novel was.
After being seriously unimpressed with my last few selections, this book was a great reading.
I've been let down recently by amateurish writings, with unrealistic dialogue, two-dimensional characters, and cliche plots.
This had none of that, and the characters were easy to become interested in, and relate with. The narration excelled as well.
I have become a big fan of Lily's novels, and look forward to reading more from her in the future.

A good reading...

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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: 07-12-19

A good reading, and well narrated story, by Christopher Eccleston. It reminded me of the sort of good crime thrillers on TV, like Broadchurch, etc.

Exceptional storytelling.

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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: 05-12-19

One of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. I'm not sure how I can do the story justice in my reviewing of it.
I really felt like I was there in this world. Before I give my opinion of the plot, which I'll try to do without dropping spoilers, I should say that Brom writes exceptionally well. His way with words, it's not just the compelling plot he created, but I like his writing style (at least as I have heard it read).

The plot itself was really fun, and sometimes hard to read. This isn't a story for children. There are some seriously disturbing moments throughout the story.

I have been a fan of Peter Pan for as long as I can remember. I am also interested in the author, JM. Barrie's personal journey, from the death of his brother, the neglect of his mother, and his friendship with the Davies Brothers, who helped inspire him to create Peter Pan. So I am familiar with the darker origins of the character Peter Pan, and this story is closer to that Peter, than the modern Disney version.

Although this novel takes some of the source material, and adds in some ancient British fairy tales too, so it's different enough from the Peter Pan story most people know. It felt to me like Peter Pan meets Wizard Of Oz and Oliver Twist.
I also didn't see the ending coming, which I always like in a good story, when I can't predict how it's going to go.

The narrator also provided a great reading. Twenty hours and no complaints. I think he's American, but some of the non-American accents he pulled off very well. His skills for reading in different tones (for women, and different men), less well, but still good enough.

I only had one mild negative reaction, and that was some of the characters (and I felt like they were the words of the author) commenting on the other main character, Nick, and his decision to leave home. That he was wrong to leave. And while I won't mention the details (spoilers), I thought he was right to do so. He's a child. He's owed a safe place to live, and a parent's job is to provide that. And if the child can't get that, then I don't blame them one bit for leaving to find safety elsewhere. That's all I can say about that without spoiling anything.

So if you're in the mood for a lengthy dark fantasy, with a big splash of Peter Pan and some other ancient myths blended into one great story, I highly recommend this.

Could have been better...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I would have enjoyed it more without the supernatural elements and religious references. I wanted a good hard sci-fi. The natural creatures were interesting enough without turning to mythology to add more. The narrator's voice is also a little gruff to listen to for several hours, but it gets easier on the ears, and he had a clear voice, and a good pace. If you don't mind mixing science fiction with supernatural mythology, (for instance, Back To The Future, with ghosts, not that this is that, but using it as a comparison so I don't spoil the plot), you will probably enjoy this. I wish I could rate it higher because parts were really fun, but I kept getting thrown off by aspects I couldn't take seriously.

wibbly wobbly timey wimey.... stuff

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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: 30-11-19

This was a very fun read. It had everything I want in a great sci-fi story.

I was a little cautious about expecting too much in terms of narration, since the reader is so young, (the reader plays Will Robinson in the TV series). But I needn't be concerned. He read better than a lot of adult professionals I've heard reading audiobooks. So I have no complaints there.

I only wished it were a little longer, since I prefer, and I am used to, listening to longer stories on here.
But then again, I think it was just about the right length for the story. Any longer and it might have felt drawn out unnecessarily.

I really enjoyed this, and I hope they consider writing more Lost In Space audio stories in the future.

Difficult to rate this one...

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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: 28-11-19

I had almost given up on this one, it didn't seem to find its footing until after the first quarter. The plot is good enough but the writing goes from poor to good, depending on the parts. The narration is just good enough. Sometimes the descriptions seemed to be overly described too. Some parts where charming, and after the first third, I had no intention of not finishing the story.

Good read.Unfair to call it a Stranger Things copy

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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: 27-11-19

Yes, there are some similarities, of course. But there's lots of things that make it different too.

E.T came thirty five years before Stranger Things, there's some similarities between them, but I wouldn't call Stranger Things an E.T knock-off.
My only criticism is the narration. The reader is a little too softly spoken, and some times a little too fast. Especially in the first couple of chapters. But other than that, this was a fun read.
I also disliked the American (secret service) addition. It seems that these days, everything we produce in the UK has to have some American element to it, like they're the only other nation that exists. I find it annoying. It's probably to appeal to the American market, but it's so obvious, like Americans won't be interested in something unless it has "American" in it somewhere, and I just find myself rolling my eyes.

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A good read...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-19

I wasn't sure what to expect, I suppose I was expecting a little more sci-fi and a little less romance. But this was really just a m/m romance with a touch of sci-fi. I'm good with romance, I enjoy m/m romance a lot, I think I was just expecting something a little different than what I read.

If you're looking for a nice m/m teen romance, you'll enjoy this. If you're wanting a lot of sci-fi, you might be disappointed. Since this is a series, the sci-fi might become a larger part of the story as it progresses. But that's just a guess. It's definitely indicating something developing in the background.

As for the narration. It was good enough. But it took me a chapter or so to adapt to the voices and accents as I had just been listening to the magnificent Stephen Fry read the Harry Potter series. And for me, narration doesn't get much better than that. But soon enough I had adjusted to the new narrators.

Brilliant! Best I've read from King.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-19

I've read several books by Stephen King, some of them I couldn't even finish. King can sometimes venture too far off of the main plot, to keep my interest. Especially as they're long books. But this one, I couldn't put it down. Other than the first hour being a little slow, the rest of it became addictive, and I completed it in two days.

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Where do I start? I had out it off for a while because I knew it was a long one, and sort of a biography, and I wanted to be in the right mind to read it.

It was one of the best novels I've ever read.
I only have two minor criticisms. The children, Julian, and another young boy he had a conversation with at a later date came across as a little too wise and articulate for their ages
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And two characters, who were mostly strangers having the same (unusual view, especially in those days) on something. Even using the same term ("Jealousy is pointless") when talking about their spouse being with other people.
It's something I usually spot in stories and it can take me out of the moment, when characters are too alike, using the same phrases, and same mannerisms, especially if those characters don't know each other.

The narrator has a good clear voice, but some of the male characters sound very similar. Not the accent, that's to be expected, especially in Dublin, but in tone. Over all though, the narration's good too.