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Enjoyable but doesnt hit the mark.

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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: 11-06-19

Elizabeth Gilbert has done, as usual, a whole load of research in order to write this novel. It was very a very entertaining story and at times, thought provoking, but ultimately it left me feeling unsatisfied. Listen to her previous novel The Signature of All Things. Fabulous book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic! a real "page turner"!

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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: 01-06-19

Highly enjoyable modern thriller. Brilliantly read by the author. I literally couldn't stop listening. Well written and well researched. Sure we will hear a lot more of this author and the book is obvously going go straight to the screen.

An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club) cover art

It's all in the Title

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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: 02-05-19

Beautiful account of the human frailties within relationships and the fact that no marriage is ever a fairy story.

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Enjoyable but Nothing new

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

Reviewed: 25-04-19

Enjoyed the story but I don't think Ian McEwan said anything new about AI that hadn't been said before. Wonder if he ever watched "Humans" on tv. Thought the narrative wandered a bit, why did he set it in past years, didn't get that.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Once Upon a River cover art

Loved it

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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: 16-04-19

Diana Setterfield is a great storyteller with nods to Dickens. So enjoyed listening to this book with juliet Stevenson as narrator. Roll on the next one.

Middle England cover art

Gentle and rolling with small hills few bumps

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

...... Occasional wintry storms, but on the whole bright.
Haven't read previous two of the trilogy, that didn't spoil it at all, but will now rectify that!

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Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

This is the first book I have read by Diana Setter field and look forward to reading her next. After a slow start, this strange tale begins to unfold, and soon becomes utterly engrossing. I couldnt wait to get back to it after each time I stopped left it. I did find Jenny Agutters Inperious tone throughout slightly tedious and wished she could have lent a tad softer voice to the main character. That apart, a good tale well told.

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Tried!<br />

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Oh dear, I listened as far as chapter 6, and realised that I was finding it like a piece of homework.
Not really enjoying it but feeling I had to finish it because the author is so highly thought of. I have read all her novels to date., but preferred her earlier ones. I thought the story was so slow at getting anywhere I lost interest. The pages and pages detailing the endless ranting of her neighbour in the apartment block combined with the unexpressive monotone of the narrator finally made me throw in the towel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

An Orchestra of Minorities cover art

Epic

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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: 13-03-19

Chigozie Obiama is a wondrous story teller. The best around in present contemporary literature. His is an epic tale with Oddysseum themes. The story takes place in Nigeria, and tells the tale of an innocent poultry farmer, who in an effort to prove his love for his woman, sets in motion a nightmarish series of punitive events that eventually lead to his mental undoing. I couldnt imagine the book being read by a better reader. Fabulous book and so is The Fishermen his previous novel.

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Brilliant and Beautiful story telling!

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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: 26-01-19

Blown away by this novel. Powerful story of familial love, set in a small Nigerian town.
FAbulous narrator.
Can't get book out of my mind. Going to get Obioma's next one immediately.