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One of best books I've listened to

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Reviewed: 02-07-20

This is the first Michael Robotham book I've listened to and I absolutely loved it. I just couldn't stop listening. The story was a real "page-turner", perfectly paced. And, although there were occasionally some plot lines that I've seen done before, there was enough originality in the story and characters to keep me hooked throughout.

The two main characters were wonderfully nuanced, Joe, in particular, was perfectly flawed. So many times I found myself hanging my head in despair for the choices he made and the actions he took, all the time knowing that I would have done exactly the same thing if I were in his shoes.

Despite the darkness of the story, the dialogue is laced with humour, very natural humour that gave depth to the characters. Writing a funny line is one thing but It's difficult to make characters genuinely funny and I laughed out loud several times during scenes that were otherwise pretty dark and bleak, which might sound like a bad thing but it made it all feel so much more human, ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

Speaking of extraordinary, I must say that this book was brought to life by the exceptional narration of Sean Barrett. I recently listened to the entire Harry Hole series by Joe Nesbo, read by Sean Barrett, and I am now utterly addicted to this gifted storytellers voice. I listened to a few other books recently with different narrators and, whilst the stories were good, I just kept longing for the dulcet tones of Mr Barrett. His pace, emotional timing and character nuance are just sublime. There is one scene (no spoilers) that takes place in a wardrobe, which was the creepiest thing I have heard in a long time, maybe ever, and it was in large part down to Sean Barrett's narration, nightmarishly perfect.

As I said, this was the first book I've listened to by Robotham but it definitely won't be the last. The combination of his writing and Sean Barretts narration has left me eager for more

Everything you need, with none of the fluff

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Reviewed: 22-06-19

Great little book. Clear and concise without any of the usual fluff that goes with these types of books. Provides a step by step action plan to get you on track and moving forward with your life, health, mindset and goals. Of course, you still need to do the things laid out in here but if you're ready for change this book will definitely get you there

Agh! I’m not five years old!

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Reviewed: 01-06-19

Sorry, I just couldn’t get past the “Children’s BBC Announcer” voice. Please, just speak normally

Gripped me from the start and never let go

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Reviewed: 25-05-18

This story was absolutely brilliant. The perfect mix of crime thriller meets horror, as only King can pull off. I’ve read the “Mercedes” trilogy and I think this is even better. Great story, great characters, great pacing and outstanding narration, again, from Will Patton. Mr Patton doesn’t read this, he acts the crap out of it and every chapter, every sentence, every word is delivered precisely to create such a sense of unease, at times you can almost feel the words burrowing under your skin, he is a true artist and the perfect match for King’s writing.

Personally, I love this new genre direction that King is taking. I sincerely hope he continues with these new characters (especially Lovey) and can’t wait for the next book

The Smartest of Sapiens

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Reviewed: 04-09-17

One of the smartest books I've read so far. From pithecus to politics, from shekels to shackles, hunting and gathering to happiness and genocide, this book ingeniously chronicles the history of us.

I have read a few books on this subject including Diamonds "The third chimpanzee" and this is by far my favourite of them all.

Narration was perfect. Pacing was perfect. The stories and sidebars drew me in every time. I can't recommended this book enough. Definitely in my top three books

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Top 3 business books I've ever read...

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Reviewed: 27-08-16

Brilliant from start to finish. Opened my eyes to marketing - it's all ones and zeros

Best one so far !!

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Reviewed: 28-11-15

Read all three, this is the best . Narration (acting) was the best I've heard from audible .

Character development fantastic

Story - brilliant

Loved every word

Truly brilliant. Should be mandatory reading

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Reviewed: 07-10-15

Thoughtful, insightful, compelling and incredibly important, this is a real page turner of a book which kept me glued to my headphones for hours on end. If I were King of the World I would make this mandatory reading in all schools and social institutes, not just because it's a great read but because the information within should shape our future.

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Interesting stuff

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Reviewed: 19-03-15

Interesting guy, interesting life, interesting book. More of a personal diary than a philosophical memoir but pretty good none the less

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The very best of Ronson

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Reviewed: 18-03-15

I've read them all and this is the best by far. Thoughtful, thoughtful and brutally honest. This book could literally change the way you see social media, justice and human nature. What have done and where are we headed?

11 people found this helpful