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Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-19

Well written but the characters are awful and have no common sense between them. The main character (the wife) is completely self absorbed and to give an example without spoiling the story, she arrives at a party and a stranger doesn't introduce himself immediately she pegs him as a sexist pig. Am I supposed to believe that your husband arriving drunk to your child school performance swearing, abusive and falling over into the crowd, or leaving the daughter in the bath in a drunken stupor as she cut her head open isnt worth packing his bags? She ignores all of his bad behaviour and while I can believe that a lot of people in an abusive relationship don't leave straightaway, this isn't the case. The man is a falling down drunk and she attends a party with him knowing what state he will get in because it is expected of her and they both make the stupidest decisions at every turn. It's all completely unbelievable and disappointing because I like these type of books, with the exception of the daughter every character is unlikeable and I don't think it was intended that way. I'm trying to persevere with the book, the narration is good, the writing is good but the story and events let it down. I wasted a credit.

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Brilliant! Really enjoyed it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-19

I loved John Marr's The One and I love the way he gets you to know so many characters in a short time and really hits the ground running with short chapters so you can return easily and finish where you left off. I REALLY enjoyed this book and it was great to hear each characters story with a different narrator and you really start to care about the characters and their situation. It raises a lot of questions about how technology is going to affect everyday people like us in the future without being sci-fi themed. There are some brilliant twists that I didn't see coming, I'd wholeheartedly recommend this book, but listen to The One first- this book references it a few times. Narrators were good except the female voice that follows the News Bulletin noise. I disagree with people that the sound effects are annoying, I quite enjoyed them and it all ties in nicely with the story.

Surely a woman can't be this stupid ?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Frustrating to listen to. Its the kind of book I like to listen to, domestic thrillers - I was frustrated by the decisions of the woman in the book. She's just lost her baby and it doesn't seem to affect her that much, she knows full stop that she hasn't done certain things and still doubts herself and lies to the police. Her husband lies about every detail about himself and she doesn't hear alarm bells? I tried very hard to finish the book but I got to the last two hours and gave up. The narrator is good but irritating when she speaks as Maddie, talking like a timid frightened mouse one minute and then Maddie speaking normally in the next line. It is quite well written and a good story, but I had to give up.

I was excited for this one..

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-19

Don't get me wrong -the narration is great by Richard Armitage (as always) and it's a decent story and well written but it dragged on too much for me. I was interested in hearing about Annie but the book took too long to get to the point and it didnt leave me excited to listen, like other books do. I didn't finish but maybe when I run out of credits I will come back to it, maybe it will pick up - but I have a long journey today and would prefer to listen to something else. It's a shame since I was looking forward to listening to this one but maybe I haven't given it a fair try. I will come back to this story when I have more time.

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I wanted to like it!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-19

Started off great but I lost interest because it was too hard to believe, I think the circumstances just got silly (just in my opinion). The narrator was great until she was reading in the male voices, and Dr Shields voice is irritating - I couldnt finish the book, I usually like these kinds of books but maybe it just wasn't to my taste, so it's best to decide for yourself. I am a fan of both authors and hope I enjoy the next one a little more!

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