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Sara

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Beautiful production

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-20

I didn’t want this book to end. Beautifully read, I loved the language, but best of all was really not knowing what *kind* of book this was. The narrative leads you one way and another, you worry for the heroine, celebrate and struggle with her. Loved it!

Shame about the narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-19

This book was recommended to me by someone who knows me well, so I was eager to listen to it. However I felt the narration was so dull, and just badly read, like the narrator had no connection with the meaning- that I gave up and have got the book from the library. It’s such a pity, I really believe great narration can lift a mediocre story, but the opposite is also true, mediocre narration can ruin a great story. Really disappointing.

7 people found this helpful

Sublime

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-19

I knew I respected Michelle Obama before reading this but my goodness, her story is wonderful (and tragic when you consider what came after the Obamas). If I can take any of her lessons away with me I will be a better woman, mother, human than I was before I listened to this book.

Utterly delightful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-19

The book (as so often happens) surpasses the film, with all of Travers’ humour and imagination coming through in entirely unknown sections (my and my children’s particular favourite being the babies chapter talking to the sun and bird).
And Olivia Colman, unsurprisingly, is fantastic, I’ve been recommending it to everyone.

5 people found this helpful

Classic Cooper

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-16

No one in the world talks like this, and I'm pretty sure no one acts like this. All of Coopers women are either doormats or bitches (or both), while the men are allowed a little more personality. That said, it's classic Jilly Cooper, I don't read/listen to it expecting reality, depth or nuance, and I inhaled this audiobook at every opportunity, because it's just so entertaining!

3 people found this helpful

Compelling listening

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-16

I always know how much I like a book by how often I keep it in my pocket playing while I do things round the house, and this one was hardly turned off.

The story and characters were rich and believable. The story dodges between time periods without drama, and it's not confusing, it's just so interesting meeting the characters at different times in the story, explaining their behaviour at later times.

The narrator was excellent, a first rate actor. It was a pleasure to hear how she interpreted the words.

On to more Maggie O'Farrell, I can't wait!

Entertaining and Educational

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Reviewed: 31-05-16

As a 38 year old woman, I have the same frame of reference as Sara and thus guess I'm a key target demographic for this book. But my goodness, I hope that other ages and genders and backgrounds listen to this book, because so much of it is so important, and interesting. I know way more about my body, physiologically and psychologically now, and how evolution has brought us to this point. It's a massive subject, and I would have been happy for this book to be longer, it's a long time since I made extra jobs for myself to give myself more listening time.
Being a performer, Sara delivers the book just as she intended, and I can imagine that someone who doesn't understand her delivery might not read the book in the same way, but I found it as lighthearted - and as serious - as it should be at the relevant points.
And as a 38 year old woman it still seems bonkers that I'm still glad when another woman explains what happened in their lives, and bodies, so that I can go "oh yeah me too".
Oh and yes, to the after-word, and society's approach to rape, yes, politicians, please read.

4 people found this helpful

I want some hygge!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-16

I loved this book, it only gets 4 out of 5 because I would have liked it to have been longer and more in depth, but what was there read as an interesting and entertaining feature article - unsurprising considering the author is primarily a journalist. It's definitely made me long for a change of scene to a simpler place (with better style and interior design!)

The performance was great too, I didn't realise it wasn't the author, and the narrator was lovely. Recommended.

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-15

An absorbing trip through 20 something years of a boy/mans life. Tinged by tragedy but thankfully, always anchored by love, coming from many directions. Love Donna Tartt, loved this book.

Fantastic narration

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-15

Loved the story, such an insight into life, relationships and race in Nigeria vs America. But particularly impressed by Adjoa Andoh, whose narration is always spot on.

1 person found this helpful