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Stephen J. Welch

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Outstanding book that takes you somewhere

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 22-04-17

This book gripped from the start, and the story took me to a milieu that I don't know anything about (not many will). The narration is pitch perfect, and I had to stop listening at night because it kept me awake. More please.

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Could have been longer!

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Reviewed: 15-12-16

It's super rare for me to think this, but I'm the case of this book I think that the second act in particular could have been even better if it were longer. As usual LS has come up with interesting ideas that linger after the book is read.

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Takes an idea, and doesn't stop developing it

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Reviewed: 13-10-16

This was a great listen. It is a thriller that keeps going because the author cleverly let's the original conceit keep driving the story. Thus instead of a conventional thriller that just uses a sci fi idea for the setup and then becomes ordinary; it stays interesting because if that idea.

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Bill Bryson meets David Sedaris

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Reviewed: 24-08-16

I really liked this book - full of interesting facts, and a useful account of how attitudes in psychology have changed over time. The author reads really well, and has an offbeat style that put me in mind of David Sedaris; and with the ability to make facts and references interesting in the way that Bill Bryson does, this is an invigorating listen.

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The Good JD, not the bad one

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Reviewed: 01-08-15

Jeffery Deaver is, to me at least, one of those frustrating authors can write brilliantly compelling books, but doesn't always do so and tends to turn out either good ones or bad ones. This is a good one. There is one story, set in Elizabethan England where the dialogue is so bad it's embarrassing - but that's the joy of the short story I suppose: and the other 15 are fully 5* reads. The stories pique your interest quickly and have you caring about the outcome.

Some fantastic writing, interesting and bizarre.

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Reviewed: 20-07-15

Well I can say that I enjoyed the book and will be reading more from Nick Harkaway for sure, but as other reviewers have noted - this book has a lot of words in it, Actually, normally I love that but in this case the extra length doesn't add value. Well read, and some of the sentences are excellent; ironically it is often the most economically written ones that stand out. Best to listen to this when you can do so in long uninterrupted stretches - but definitely worth the download.

Tiwsty turny literature

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Reviewed: 20-04-15

You know enough about the synopsis - but I can add that the narration is spot-on, and the use of the two narrators works perfectly. CB's books are usually a treat because they are so intelligently written and engaging in their use of language, this one is too. More please - including all the missing ones from CB's back catalogue.

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Killed Stone dead by the narrator

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Reviewed: 20-11-14

The words seem quite good, and this is just the sort of style of story I like; but I have given up. It is read in such a dreadful, funereal monotone it has no life. I'm not suggesting bright and cheery - but a more normal pace and reading style would juxtapose more matter of factly with the horror being described and would be more impactful for it. Horrific story with depressing reading is too much.

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Much more compelling that the synopsis suggests

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Reviewed: 03-06-13

Very much enjoyed this book: an excellent story, with more complexity and a slowly revealed back story. This makes the narrative canvas much wider than might appear from the synopsis, and though the comparison with Wilkie Collins might be going a bit far (* fewer words than he would use I feel sure!), it is an excellent read.

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