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RUINED BY THE NARRATION

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-19

An interesting book and I learned a lot about the complex Kennedys. The narration, however, was awful, ruined by a gabbling monotone with little inflection it really spoiled the book.

Trite

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I read the excellent reviews for this book and was looking forward to listening to it. Unfortunately I found the storyline trite and predictable and the characters one dimensional. I started skipping towards the end because I just wanted to end the purgatory.

It looked promising....but

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

I was looking forward to listening to this book but found it a great disappointment. Briefly it was unnecessarily long to the point of tedium. I came to a point where a decision had to be made, stop listening or jump a long way forward. I jumped and felt that I had missed little and had, in fact, jumped to an unsatisfactory ending. All rather sad.

Not great

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-18

An Ann Cleeves fan I actually found myself losing the will to live with this title. The characters were poorly developed and the storyline downright boring. I struggled.

5 people found this helpful

BEMUSED

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I haven't looked at the other reviews but have to say that this book started well and fell away because it is too long and the "twists" in the plot simply become confusing. Sadly I was left not caring whodunnit because the author and the plot simply wore me down.

Interminable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Absolutely no idea.

What was most disappointing about Emily St John Mandel’s story?

It went on and on and on.

What aspect of Jack Hawkins’s performance might you have changed?

Not much, it was quite a good narration.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

BOREDOM.

2 people found this helpful

NAVIGARTION, NAVIGATION, NAVIGATION, TERRIBLE

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-17

Any additional comments?

Excellent stories, brilliantly read. HOWEVER YOU CANNOT FIND YOUR WAY ROUND OVER 70 HOURS OF RECORDING. AUDIBLE YOU MUST SORT THIS. The whole production is RUINED by poor navigation because it is IMPOSSIBLE to find any particular book or short story unless you search the whole 70 hours of recording.

136 people found this helpful

Long and meandering

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

Any additional comments?

I almost switched off. This novel went on and on and on. I didn't switch off and I shall never regain the time spent listening to it.

The Curate's Egg

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-16

Any additional comments?

About three hours in I almost lost the will to live listening to this book. The tedious stereotyped males in the book almost drove me away as the narrative almost juddered to a halt. BUT, it is worth persevering, it does get a lot better and I recommend this book as a good listen.

1 person found this helpful

BRILLIANT

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-16

What did you like most about A Town Like Alice?

The characters, the locations of the story, and a good story line.

What about Robin Bailey’s performance did you like?

Everything

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book !