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Stupid book

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-20

I can find nothing to recommend in this overblown and over hyped book. Managed a couple of hours, I deserve a medal, but life is too short to waste on this trite rot.

OTT

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-20

I have enjoyed the earlier books but this one is a bit devoid of ideas and a somewhat desperate attempt to complete the series. It falls back on magic and mahem rather than plot. Rather relieved to have finished it.

Truly Awful

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

Reviewed: 19-06-20

I have listened to many McEwan books, some very good some not so good. I do not think that I will try again. This one is truly terrible - confused and without direction, pretentious and pedagogical. Almost every sentence say "aren't I smart". Well no. What a waste of a potentially good idea.

A little overlong.

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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: 14-02-20

I do enjoy the writing of Mr King. This one, like many others, is a long tome centred on young folk. Also like other works it is rich in character development, complete with backstories, and has an interest plot. Despite this I did find 19 hours rather a struggle and found myself saying - "enough now, lets get on with it". - far too often. It seemed to be long for longs sake and could have been cut by several hours without detracting, and made it easier to digest.

Engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-02-20

Not one of Peter Mays best books but an interesting and engaging listen. Even the "weaker" of his books are better than most in this genre.

Engaging and skillful

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

Reviewed: 05-02-20

Like other crime writers Ann Cleeves has her detective, Vera, but unlike many, her detective does not dominate the story. Vera is there as a central character but she does not dominate and is surrounded by other well crafted characters and plays only a part in the story. I do enjoy the TV versions of her work but these are only a shadow and do not do the books justice, as the character of Vera dominates.

Classic

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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: 05-02-20

Great writing , great narration. Le Carre and Jayston - a perfect combination, each complimenting the work of the other.

Raymond Chandler on steroids.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-20

An interesting and engaging listen. I'm new to this author but will keep an eye for more books and he is now on my list of "better" authors in this genre.

A book too far

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-20

I quite enjoyed the first book in this series, quirky and quite original. The second was much the same and this one, the third, brings nothing fresh. Juvenile humour and very basic style wears thin and I will not bother with any further offerings. A one trick pony, which when see a second time is not such a good trick and a third time we know exactly how the trick is done

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Solid

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-20

I have enjoyed other Jo Spain books more. The plot is interesting and original but I found the narration spoilt it for me. Stilted and rather wooden, I found myself saying 'get on with it' rather too often to really enjoy it. I will listen to more by the author but with a different narrator.