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Self Flagulation

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

Reviewed: 02-05-20

If you like comedy then learning more about the performer behind the mask is great, yeah? I really loved reading then listening to Webb's comedy partner, Mitchell's autobiography 'Back Story', but this was awful. It's basically seven hours plus of him saying what an unpleasant individual he was in the past in quite frankly, a monotone voice.

I have given him two stars for his absolute honesty throughout.

The Mystery of Mercy Close

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-20

I first read a review paperback of this novel back when it was published. Regular readers of Marian Keyes will be aware of the Walsh sisters series of books and this is #5 and concerns the youngest, Helen. This version of Helen, who works as a Dublin-based Private Investigator, doesn't really chime with the character, who really came to life in the other four books. In addition, the depression storyline is just too clunky to ring true; granted that Keyes was experiencing a major depressive episode at the same time as writing this, but maybe a separate non-fiction book should have been penned instead.

The reason for the three star rating is that the novel is just too long - doesn't Keyes' editor ever, er ... edit? It could have been cut down to the standard chick lit length of say, 7 to 8 hours without losing a great deal except the padding.

The narrator on the other hand, was excellent and managed to convey a series of characters with consummate ease, although Artie sounded northern Irish. It's a real pity that Keyes has decided to narrate her own work now, which is the reason why I returned 'Grown Ups'.

Watermelon

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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: 30-03-20

I first read this in paperback back in the 90s, but don't recall all of the Americanisms used throughout - diaper, subway, apartment etc - believe me, they really niggled. It was a nice introduction to the Walsh family saga. That said, it could have been an awful lot shorter.

Scaredycat

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-20

I am reading the DI Thorne books in order, unlike the majority of the crime novels I tend to listen to/read. I must admit that I didn't really enjoy this one and became rather bored if I'm honest. I also got quite a few of the characters confused.

The author narrated his own work competently.

In The Dark

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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: 11-03-20

After seeing the author live at a literary festival, I decided to give his books a whirl. I really enjoyed this engrossing tale of pregnant DC Helen Weeks and her complicated home life, allied with a slice of south-east London gun culture.

The narrator was varied and extremely talented.

Well worth a listen; I have bought more on the strength of this novel.

The Lantern Men

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-20

This is book number 12 in the popular Dr Ruth Galloway crime series. Although the central character is now living and working in Cambridge, she is still pulled back to Norfolk and DCI Harry Nelson. I must admit that, after gorging on the whole series in a couple of months, the murder and archeology plots seem to become a bit samey after a while.

Far too violent

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

Reviewed: 17-12-19

I just couldn’t cope with the extreme description of torture, so no thanks. The narrator seemed good.

Rich People Become Unstuck

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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: 11-12-19

There seem to be quite a few of these 'wealthy people go on holiday and a murder ensues' novels around and this is one of them. I listened to it in two days, but did find some of the characters highly annoying.

The narrator was excellent and played a whole cast of characters with aplomb.

The Stone Circle

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-19

I have rather committed myself to reading all of these books recently, but am finding them really repetitive. This is novel #11, but harks back to novel #1 for so many reasons. It was very 'meh'

Dying Fall

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

Reviewed: 26-11-19

Carrying on the sub soap opera theme of the complicated love life of Dr Ruth Galloway this time the action moves to DCI Nelson's home county, Lancashire. The death of one of Ruth's former university friends, a significant find and witches, warlocks and haunted houses abound.

It's more of the same really - quite light and fluffy, but with a distinctly socialist feel. I do wish that the author would curtail her need to constantly criticize the main character's appearance and talk up other women's.

The narrator, Clare Corbett, although a great narrator with other audiobooks was a huge disappointment after Jane McDowell's Stirling performances. I played some out loud to my husband and the northern accents were laughable and now Cathbad sounds like a fey intellectual.