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Lauren Moss

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Austen wrote novels, not cryptic crosswords

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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: 06-04-18

Mullan establishes up front that his goal is to explore historical context and the linguistic theory associated with Austen's oeuvre... but he happily dismisses the significance of feminist (and presumably other theoretical) readings of same, so proudly that you just know he was the guy on the Literature 101 course who memorised every theoretical term and definition in the course documents and volunteered boring, by the book responses in every discussion.

At one point he starts to get close to addressing what later readers found in the texts... and side steps that entirely.
Austen wrote novels, not puzzles, and Mullan doesn't seem to care about teasing out reader response at all.

While I found it smug, didactic, and reductive, this research is absolutely impeccable and well organised, and I imagine extremely useful for academic work (though with this audio version I can't get a look at any bibliography).

Sadly Paul Collins sounds like he was generated by Google, extremely disinterested in the text. Something a little disingenuous about being told about Austen by two men... can't think why.

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Caitlin Doughty brilliant as always

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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: 27-02-18

I can't imagine Caitlin's words being read by any narrator but her. She's so passionate about the cause of death positivity and acceptance, seeing unusual death cultures around the world from her perspective was a great listen and I really recommend this book.

Basic self-help for academics

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Gopalakrishnan isn't saying anything brand new or groundbreaking, and chances are you've heard most of the advice before, but there are a lot of resources here, collated succinctly. It's sometimes nice to hear the words "you're not perfect, but here's how to do your best", even when you're supposedly among the most highly educated people in the world.

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Dismal, overrated

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Out of the way first, Julia Franklin puts in a good attempt, with what are clearly well-practiced accents and voices, but poor, hissy mic and an inattentive editor who clearly let a lot of mispeaking errors slide totally let her down.

For the novel, Phillips presents an ill conceived pastiche on Wuthering Heights which fails to really get going or stop being anything but utterly miserable.

Every time I came away from this one, I was always in a really foul mood.

My favourite critiquing rule of thumb is this "stupid on purpose? stupid by accident? who cares, it's still stupid"... Just switch the word stupid out for 'depressing'.

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Heart - melting Twist!

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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: 28-10-16

Affinity is on my Masters reading list, and I decided to get the audiobook and save myself some time trying to fit the reading into my day - really worth it. MacMahon has a real knack for finding each character's voice, and really brings Waters's words to life - going to have to take some time to process that ending though!

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