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Too much gloom & over dramatised doom

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-12

I had to give up on this book by Chapter Five, I found the prose slightly ridiculously over dramatic, for example, feeling pain in every cell of the body and so on. I usually don't mind suspending disbelief a bit but his story was so stuck in one doom laden mood I just wanted to get out.

7 people found this helpful

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Grip of winter

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-11

This is a brilliant and captivating story which recalls the icy grip of the Cold war, with all the elements of heroism, ruthless treachery, exploitation and love. Bringing out landscape, the Norwegian character of enduranace and tension with their history climate and geography, the polar spin on Ragna's moral compass, this is a very real story. Gripping!

4 people found this helpful

Really enjoyable

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-11

I just loved this story and was drawn into the drama and romance of both the past and present storylines. I was enjoying it so much I was quite happy to suspend disbelief over the contrivance of the inherited memories. The narrator is excellent at accents and it was beautifully read. I would like to hear more from this author.

2 people found this helpful

Intriguing Story

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-10

If you are not a speaker of danish and not aware, as i was not, that the pronunciation is not correct, then the delivery of this captivating story is near perfect. It is unfortunate to give such a quality novel and beautiful reading an average rating of three stars, as the previous reviewer did, on a point which will be irrelevant to most listeners. One of the best Barbara Vine stories read with feeling.

5 people found this helpful

Complex and Convincing

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-10

This is among the best of the Barbara Vine books. The narrator, while researching the life of his great grandfather slowly uncovers tragedy. At the same time he can hardly control the way his own life is being swept along. The depth and detail of research, the interlinking themes, the convincing characters, their psychology and behaviours, the final resolutions make this a top quality work and a complete joy to have unabridged on audio book.

9 people found this helpful

Superb story, clever and well constructed

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-10

This is a classic of its type, real characters, genuine emotional depth and touching in the detail of the experience. Should be read with 'The Second Wife' which is the other side of the story and brings a true resolution.

3 people found this helpful

Engaging well observed story

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-10

Sarah Challis writes entertaining and plausible stories which are as enjoyable in the detail and characterisation as the plot. A really good diverting entertainment, much better than chick-lit in quality. This is a fascinating and unusual story which unwinds cleverly.

1 person found this helpful