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Should be a six star category

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Reviewed: 16-06-20

I avoided the television series so I could read this first, and I also read her first novel before beginning this one, at my daughter's recommendation. There seem to be many reviews which give a synopsis so I won't bother with that. It has similarities with her first novel: family relationships/ issues with race and being different/ about growing up. I will watch the series now but can't begin to think it will be anywhere as good as the book. I look forward to her next novel. Strongly recommend.

Great novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-20

I read this on the recommendation of my daughter who had read this after reading Little Fires Everywhere first. I thought I would begin with Celeste Ng's first novel. I have concluded she is a very talented author and it is a while since I became involved with characters so quickly as with this. The books I generally read are police procedural/crime/thrillers. This is about family relationships /disappointed ambition /being different. It could have been boring but on the contrary it was lovely.

Not for me

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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: 02-06-20

Previously I hadn't read Nora Roberts and I suspect this was one of the daily deals as it had been in my library for quite some time. It began with a lot of promise and the ending was satisfying but the major part of the book seemed to be be a love story which was somewhat boring. The author seemed to be portraying the main character as someone with Asperger's syndrome which didn't particularly interest me. The narration was fine and I completed the book but don't think I'd read Nora Roberts again.

Great read

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Reviewed: 06-05-20

I’ve read a lot of Chris Brookmyre and wondered if I’d be happy without the old characters whom I liked. I was not disappointed: the characters were all interesting and the storyline set variably between 2002 and 2018 was intriguing. Most of all it was credible. I seem to read a lot of books which are too full of coincidences for convenience sake. I was surprised by a number of plot turns but it all fitted well. The narrator was engaging. I’m sorry it’s ended!

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Great book

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Reviewed: 29-05-19

I've read a lot of Lisa Gardner and was intrigued to learn this was published 20 years ago. I was quickly hooked on the characters and plot, finishing it in a short space of time. Excellent twists right up to the end. Strongly recommend

Worth persevering with!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-19

I intended to return this book as I found it really difficult to get into, it seemed predictable and silly, then it gripped me and I read it very quickly. Very interesting story, good characters and the familiar figures of the local police. I enjoyed it very much

A great find

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Reviewed: 02-05-18

I don't often write reviews, or read novels of this length: my choices tend to be crime/police procedural/thrillers. I believe I must have bought this book as an Audible Deal of the Day on a whim, and several months after doing so, I am very happy with my purchase. This book is very cleverly constructed, it is funny, tragic, fascinating and intriguing in turn. All the characters are flawed but likeable in some way. It was surprising and satisfying and the best writing I have read in a long time. Despite the length I became hooked, partly because it was excellently narrated, and read it in a week.

Excellent all round read

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-12-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is engrossing. I'd read the two previous novels so was pleased to see a third Cormoran Strike. The plot was interesting, and made compelling listening. I also enjoyed the level of detail involving places which I know well. Tends to make a book more rooted in the real world. I also think Robert Glenister is an excellent narrator, very easy to listen to.

What other book might you compare Career of Evil to, and why?

The two previous in the series, similarly good but believable twists to the plot.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

Has to be Cormoran Strike

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sometimes I would become anxious concerning Cormoran and Robin's safety, but it is also quite amusing in places.

Any additional comments?

It was good to learn a lot more about the main characters and their histories. I'm sure I'm not the only person who wanted the ending to be different, but in some senses it had to be.I also like the way the perpetrator's views and intentions are detailed without giving away their identity.
I look forward to the next novel in the series, presumably in about 12 months!

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Terrific novel, lived up to expectation

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 25-08-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but would probably advise them to read the previous ones in the series to fully appreciate the history of the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe, main character who is flawed physically and emotionally but is extremely loveable!

Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I love this narrator: first encountered with the Jo Nesbo novels so I tend to associate him with Harry Hole etc! Great voice and entirely suited to these novels

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was upset by something at the end, which illustrates that Michael Robotham makes his characters credible and meaningful.

Any additional comments?

I will look forward to the next in the series. Keep them coming!

Hard going at times

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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: 25-08-15

Would you try another book written by Claire North or narrated by Peter Kenny?

I wouldn't read another Claire North, but have no problems with Peter Kenny's narration

Would you recommend Touch to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I very nearly gave up on this book: something I rarely do. It improved in the middle but I was pleased to reach the end and found I didn't care much about what actually happened.

What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is a competent narrator but not the best.

Could you see Touch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

It would be possible and might be quite effective if it was in a much simplified form.

Any additional comments?

The concept of 'ghosts' and ' skins' I found interesting and the author had done well with consistency and accuracy in developing her theme. I thought the structure was OK but the overall plot was hard going and often dull or disjointed.

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