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Disappointing Ending

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

This Book was very middle of the road. I found it slow in places but stuck with it as I thought the characters were quite interesting. Unfortunately, the ending of the book was really abrupt and I felt as though it needed at least a couple of extra chapters to make it feel properly finished.
The story was mediocre and as I didn't like the ending so I was left feeling really dissatisfied.

Dark Story, Captivating Writing & Great Narration

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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: 01-06-18

I really enjoyed this audiobook, it has a stylishly midwestern flair and covers a dark and unusual subject matter. If you enjoy American writers such as Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt you should enjoy this. The narration is excellent too! I wouldn't really call it a thriller - it's more of a whodunnit; although I did guess who the culprit was part way through, however, it still kept me gripped. The characters are layered and damaged and the writing successfully evokes the heat and dust of Kansas in summer. Great attention to detail! The Roanoke Girls is probably my favourite read/listen of 2018 and it stayed with me for days after I had finished it.

Classic Jilly at her Best

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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: 22-04-18

Jilly Cooper’s best novel in my humble opinion. Brilliantly read by Gerri Halligan. A must for all showjumping fans or lovers of a good country romp!

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My Favourite Jilly Cooper Ruined by Poor Narration

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Polo is my fave Jilly Cooper Novel, I've read it many times and even emailed Audible several years ago to request for it to be added to their collection. I was overjoyed when I saw it was available but just 2 hours in I am afraid I am returning the book as the narration is quite awful. The voices of the characters are cheesy and unrealistic and the emphasis is all over the place making it hard to listen to. I listened to on a dog walk and in the car and found myself switching off as the narrator just wasn't engaging.
I wouldn't normally give a negative review as I know a story's content is often subjective and down to taste, but on this occasion, I felt I should warn Jilly Cooper fans that this audio version is ultimately disappointing.

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Original and gripping story

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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: 04-12-17

Very original premise that remains compelling from start to finish with a final twist at the very end! In my opinion, even better than her first book I Let You Go. Would recommend for fans of domestic thrillers and police procedurals with a difference. Great narration too.

Cheerful, interesting listen

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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: 20-04-17

Humble by Nature is a really lovely book depicting Kate Humble and her husband's journey to becoming smallholders and agricultural advocates for the Welsh (and British) farming communities. There are some sad moments in the book and also some practical descriptions about livestock (and dead stock) that can be difficult to hear but are an important part of Kate's story. Overall, the story struck a chord with me as a country girl currently living in the city and counting down the months until I can return to rural life. The book is also read beautifully by the author.

Sound, uplifting advice from Davina!

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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: 14-03-17

I really enjoyed this book. I'm not really an avid autobiography or self-help fan but I do like Davina and have her cookery books so thought I would give her new book a listen. Rather than feeling like a book full of self-help rules to live your life by, 'Lesson's I've Learned' feels more like a good chat with an old friend. There are also some great autobiographical moments in the book and the fact that it is narrated by Davina adds genuineness and authenticity to the audiobook. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable listen that I'm sure I will return to during trying times.

Uplifting, funny and informative

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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: 08-12-16

I found Helen's account of living Danishly uplifting funny and informative. There are lots of interesting facts threaded through this book which is a very personal and engaging story about relocating; I laughed out loud numerous times and found the narration added a great layer to the books journalistic story telling tone. I was sad to reach the end but I'll be looking out for more this author.

Unusual thriller; slow burner

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

Reviewed: 24-11-16

Struggled to get into this novel at first as the main character is a bit of a creep. However, the last few hours were really gripping. I loved Sabine Durrant's last two books but whilst this one is good it is my least favourite of her novels.

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Interesting multi-character story but very gory!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-16

The Killer Next Door follows the inhabitants of a large shared house in London. With a landlord that only accepts cash and asks no questions you can imagine that the house tenants are fairly colourful characters; each with a story of their own that is told throughout the book. The book itself isn't really a who-dunnit but there is a killer whose identity is revealed about 2/3 of the way through (however it doesn't really come as a great surprise). I like the core main characters and found a lot of humour and touching moments in the story...BUT the chapters detailing the killers preservation of his victims was too gory and graphic for me and I had to keep stopping the story to have a break from the grotesqueness - If I listen to this book again I will definitely skip these chapters. That being said, all in all it was a good listen and I loved the ending. Narration was topnotch too!!!

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