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In his stride

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Reviewed: 02-03-20

Yahtzee is really hitting his stride, his books have always been enjoyable but have sometimes wobbled around narratively. This is sharper and more focused than the previous book and a real pleasure.

Surprisingly original within traditional constrain

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Reviewed: 22-12-19

Really enjoyed this, both respectful and playful with the traditional whodunit, excellent reading, surprising and entertaining, recommended, most highly.

Kiddies adventure, ridiculous and embarrassing

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-12-19

If this is the level that teenagers are reading at then I fear for society. Perhaps it's aimed 6 to 9 years old, if so I apologise to the author, but audible needs to be clear that these stories are aimed at readers requiring such shallow plotting and characterisation. It's not just that it's unbelievable, it's avoids the potentially interesting bigger questions to focus on what the author believes is snappy dialogue, the children read as heartless shadows of how real children are.

Brilliant narration of entertaining story.

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Reviewed: 22-12-19

Enjoyable b movie plotting with engaging characters brilliantly brought to life by the reader, very entertaining.

Lifeless reading of passable story

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-12-19

Patrick Lee is an interesting author who looks for big ideas to base his novels on, in a popcorn entertaining kind of way. His Breach trilogy is excellent, but he's seemed to struggle since, this novel tries the narrative quirk of our heroes as both 12 year olds having gone through an (highly improbable) adventure and their adult selves reliving that same events. It's supposed to be breathless entertainment, good guys with guns, bad guys with gas, and it works on some levels but the author can't distinguish between the two ages, specifically in dialogue. The 12 year olds never feel believable, not even remotely, and so the two stories blur into one repetitive one. The narration is lifeless and very unengaging.

takes a fairytale and extendsssss it

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Reviewed: 08-06-19

this is a Grimm's fairy tale type story , the 19th century author not the TV show, extended to a huge and exhausting 26 hours. you need a great deal of patience to get through the utterly predictable story. good narrator, needed an editor.

Slow in a dreamy way, but quality

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Reviewed: 19-05-19

You need a couple of Sundays free to do this justice, it's a simple story drawn out in a pleasant way, excellent narration, little tension as the 'bad guys' are never in doubt, but kind of hypnotic in a sitting by the river watching the ripples kind of way.

I wanted it to be cleverer

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-04-19

I got this as it won some Terry Pratchett prize (it has a forward by him) and I went in to it with lots of good will. As a first novel it's fine, it has a decent story arc and the characters are distinct, but its not as clever as I wanted it to be. If you have seen Black Sheep the new Zealand 'sheep go crazy' film then you'll find little original here, except there's little humour and lots of meanness. There's rather silly xenophobia against French and Germans and all the baddies are English, all the goodies Scottish. I suppose that 30 years ago it would have been fresh take on the Guy N Smith animal horror novels, but the 'self publishing' crowd have gotten seriously good, RR Haywood, Luke Smithard have raised the standard for this kind of novel. One final hmmm moment comes at the end where we are meant to celebrate with the rather selfish journalist getting the story out, although so many people died, there's should be no happy ending with so much loss...I felt the same at the end of 2012. The performance is good though.

Gets better each time I listen

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Reviewed: 06-04-19

One of those books you can listen to repeatedly, it's comfortable but exciting, the humour is a constant undercurrent but doesn't get in the way of the story. Characters are well defined and narrated, and the worlds going to end right after teatime. Damien with a rueful smile.

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Etiquette and eating sci fi

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Reviewed: 06-04-19

Something very different this, two great houses waring (think Dune) and the social rules that require polite formulaic behaviour come together in a far off future. A well considered world, detailed but small, centred on the Royal House and its staff, much talk of minor intrigue and recipes. Light humour, no peril, no swearing, and not much happens, which doesn't sound particularly interesting but somehow works. Won't be to everyone's taste but it's a comfortable listen on a Sunday afternoon. Excellent narration.