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Good concept, ok narration, but too much Lilith.

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

Reviewed: 15-07-20

By the time I got to the end I was so bored with Lilith that I contemplated not listening to the free chapters of book 2. But hoping we would move on to new characters I gave it a go, and as soon as Lilith started her interminable whining, I quit. I do not understand why this author is so highly regarded. Life is too short to spend in Lilith's company.

Remarkably dull romance masquerading as a caper.

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-20

The narrator did as well as possible with the unexceptional material. Otherwise this is strictly for romance fans. Not my cup of tea and not what I was expecting based on previous books.

Master of storytelling

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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: 30-03-20

A simple setup of two men chatting over a glass of wine during an air raid. What emerges when the old man starts to talk is simply entrancing. The writing is unfussy, the action is not over-dramatised, the children are plainly drawn with a loving, but unsentimental touch. The pace is pleasantly slow, because you can't rush children or a good story.

I don't get it.

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

Reviewed: 30-01-20

Perhaps this is supposed to be something closer to poetry than to plain prose. I'm afraid flowery verbiage and fustian leave me cold. If it was just a case of waxing pleonastic I could cope, but endless, pointless, convoluted exposition is too much.

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Funny and illuminating book, wrong narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-20

This is a very funny book, funnier and more pointed the closer you are to the medical profession. There is much important information on the real, behind the scenes of the NHS, of a few years ago. Not the crippled shell we have left now, Obstetrics and gynaecology is both funnier and more tragic than any other branch of medicine, because for the most part the patients aren't sick or injured.

My only real criticism is the choice of the narrator. I will say right away that I never consider it a wise move for authors to narrate their own work. There are exceptions, I'm sure, but this isn't one. To start with Adam Kay has an annoying voice, by the end of the book it starts to grate. He isn't a professional voice actor, so tone, speed and intensity vary from section to section. Voice narration involves a set of real skills and an accomplished voice actor is an artist in their own right. Vanity should not be a sufficient excuse to deprive listeners of the services of someone who knows the job.

By not employing a narrator Adam Kay has delivered a baby and then to stretch the obs and gynae (brats & twats) analogy, he has failed to cut the cord and let it breathe for itself.

Funny idea brought to life

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

Reviewed: 10-01-20

If, like me, you saw the movie and liked it then this might run a little long to sustain the joke. That said it is a good joke and it does deserve to be allowed to stretch its legs a bit.
I enjoyed it.

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Lives up to all the praise.

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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: 10-01-20

I was convinced that subject, style and genre were not for me, but I'm pleased to say I was wrong, there's nothing to fault here. .
Good writing with competent narration is what I hope for. Sometimes excellent narration can rescue moderate material, sometimes even great writing can be undermined by minor flaws in narration (persistent mispronunciation is my bugbear). Occasionally there are wonderful combinations where a new experience unique to audiobooks occurs and the material and performance seem to create something special. That is what I think happens here.

Thriller? maybe, more like superhero fantasy.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-20

There must be a great commercial motivation to churn this stuff out, because by any other measure it has little merit.

Winter is a comic book character, but without the realism. IQ off the chart, world class hacker, black-belt martial artist, unattainable beauty, etc. etc. Oh and she's 17! Basically she's a mash-up of Lisbeth Salander, Batgirl and Conan the Barbarian.

And Audible look after your narrators, it took literally hours to get this poor girl a decongestant.

Excellent ideas, poorly executed.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-19

Southwestern USA in the not-too-far future. Water is scarce and competition for water rights is fierce. Good setup, but the story degenerates into torture porn, unrelievedly brutal bad guys, good guys that can take any number of bullet wounds and not need medical attention and possibly the worst sex scene ever written.
If you read The Wind-up Girl you wouldn't recognise that this was the same author.

Tim works wonders with unpromising material.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-19

Fair to say this novel has not weathered well. It's unlikely that Jules Verne had even a sketchy understanding of the science of his day. His premise is therefore ludicrous, put that aside many a novel has overcome similar difficulties. Where I got completely lost was with the characters. Axel the narrator is a complete basket case, his dubious opinions are eclipsed by his frequent manic-depressive episodes peppered with hallucinations and occasional swooning. His uncle is a little more physically robust, but is similarly inconsistent, emotionally incontinent one minute, repressed the next.
I cannot praise Tim Curry enough, he used his incredible vocal talents to rescue this drivel and deliver a masterclass in voice acting.