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engrossing & endearing story, wonderful narration!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-19

I've been looking for a story like this one for a long time. If you love films like True Grit or Fargo, you'll love this. A narrative propelled forward by a series of entertaining encounters between numerous diverse and interesting characters and the two brother protagonists. The narration by William Hope is superb, he is dry and dead pan but I was engrossed throughout, and he gave every single character a wonderfully unique colouring with his voice. It was a joy to listen to, I'm only sad it had to end so soon! I hope deWitt writes another Sisters Brothers tale, I'd love to hear more from these two... perhaps a prequel, during their golden age?... thoroughly recommended this audiobook.

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A story to warm your heart and soul at Christmas

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-18

Sweet, tender and endearing story, with wonderful characterisations by Richard Armitage; he captures the headstrong curiosity and compassion of little 'Moppet' particularly well. The story flowed with ease and came to a satisfying conclusion. A joy to listen to and I look forward to listening to it again. :)

Really didn't like the narration :(

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

I know there was criticism of the narrator of the previous book in this series, who replaced the original excellent narrator Steven Pacey, but I found the narrator of this book a real distraction to the story. His narration style was very laboured and I disliked the infantile voices he used for some of the characters. I also found he over enunciated everything. The voices sometimes bled into each other so you lost track of who was speaking, too. Sadly, I found this effected my enjoyment of the story. I hope that if Jussi Adler Olsen writes another book (which I hope he does!), they return to the original narrator or one with a little dynamism and variety in their voice. The story itself I found less exciting or intriguing than previous stories; I found some of the characters a little cliched and didn't find Rose's back story entirely believable in places. I also missed the flashback structure which worked so well in previous books. The story did, however, end really beautifully and I hope there are more books to add to this series.

powerful. beautiful. moving. artfully performed.

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Reviewed: 25-08-18

powerful. beautiful. moving. artfully performed. a wonderful story about processing pain and grief. so glad I listened to it.

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I need more!

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Reviewed: 08-11-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this witty and engaging narrative. I will admit a feeling of massive disappointment though, when the stories just ended at Midas and I discovered that there was no mention of well known tales such as those of Hercules, Icarus, Oedipus, Electra, or the War of Troy. Stephen mentions that if he had covered these stories too the book would've been too long; well I'm hoping he'll read this and see me imploring him now to pleeeease write a part 2 and include the rest! His written style is so lovely to follow, I'm bitterly sad he's not retelling me the whole lot. I've tried reading books of Greek Mythology before, and so often find them dry and hard to follow. This book flowed beautifully. I'm sad it ended. Please write another one Stephen!!! *weeps melodramatically and sacrifices a cow for the muse of writers*

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A Lovely Little Fable

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-17

'Everything has a meaning, if only we could read It'... Oh I love Philip Pullman's philosophy. Lovely tale which includes an older version of a certain very important character in La Belle Savauge. I wonder if the Alchemist has a further part yet to play in The Book Of Dust, too. Pullman is such a wonderful writer, such endearing stories.

Masterful Narration of a thrilling story!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-17

It's ten to one in the morning and despite telling myself I really should stop listening and get to sleep I just couldn't tear myself away, so I listened right to the very end. Michael Sheen does an incredible job narrating this suspenseful tale; he moves effortlessly between voices, so much so that I honestly forgot they were coming from one person. I also loved the way he changed the volume and dynamic of his voice at the more action-filled suspenseful parts, it was totally thrilling listening! As for the story; it's full of familiar names and characters, and for those who remember the trilogy well, there are all sorts of little bits and pieces that add further context and richness to it. Loved the protagonists, Alice and her sass, and dear sweet gold-hearted Malcolm. I know some were disattisfied with the ending of the book but I thought it was wonderful; snappy and suspenseful like the rest of the book, and gives just enough for you to tie the threads together yourself. Can't wait to catch up with Lyra in the next installment! Thoroughly recommend this audio book!

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