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Very nice ‘bulge’ filler ...

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Reviewed: 25-10-18

Only just starting to read the novellas, and I was fascinated to learn more about what made Jerry Mackenzie tick, and his personality as well as what exactly happened to him. And of course the crossover bit. i do have an issue with the narration tho, spoiled after Davina Porter but I don’t think I’d like this narrator even if he was reading other books than Outlander related. My personal opinion, obvs, others might think differently.
But story good, of course.

Confused.com

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

The performance by Stephanie Racine was excellent, very nuanced and helpful in aiding the listener to follow the (in my view) somewhat complicated plot. Without using too many spoilers - I kept forgetting which character was which, so ended the book feeling fairly muddled. I imagine if you have a very good memory you may enjoy the book more than I did!

The creation of an excellent believable character

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-16

This is not the first book to feature police detective Fiona Griffiths, with her strange affinity with the dead, but the character is really consolidated here.

The author manages to convey her feelings and emotions and conflicts without them subsuming the plot of an undercover assignment for Fiona. I would say that the novel's main theme is conflict in its different forms, and I'm not sure that Fiona comes off best.

Very much a page turner, and I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series to see how the character is developed further, and what becomes of her.

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Stunning peek into a little girl's future

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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: 17-08-16

Where does The Girl with All the Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would place the Girl with All the Gifts among the best audiobooks I have listened to. A novel view of the future seen mostly through the eyes of a little girl. And being a little girl is the most important thing in Melanie's life, although not everyone thinks so.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the way Melanie articulates her hopes and fears for the world that she finds herself in, the language used is exactly how a little girl would think.

What does Finty Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I loved the way that Finty Williams brought Melanie to life, much better than if i had only read her words.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book mostly erred on the side of making me cry, there wasn't much laughter there, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

IF YOU ONLY DOWNLOAD ONE BOOK, MAKE IT THIS ONE

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Reviewed: 08-08-16

Would you listen to Fellside again? Why?

I'd actually really like to listen to it again; it was so good that I rushed through with the equivalent of not being able to put it down. Certainly, once I reached the end of part 3 and the devastating plot development there, I listened through the night to finish it! There are lots of nuances that I had to go back and re-listen to to get the full picture, especially at the start of the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fellside?

There is a plot twist regarding the young boy mentioned in the plot summary above; I don't want to go into any more detail because of spoilers, but it really took me by surprise - I am a veteran of whodunnits, but I didn't see this coming at all.

What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

Everything. She can read very clearly, and also (given her acting experience, I guess) make the various characters very believable with her ability to 'do the voices'. She also has a very smooth, pleasant voice, which makes the narration a pleasure to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Definitely - the minute when Sally protects Jess in the pharmacy.

Any additional comments?

Loved it.

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Amazing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 23-07-16

The story of Ella and what happened to her, and her mum and various other bit players in her story kept me gripped from start to finish, and it took my only a day to listen to this particular novel,. All about what happens during a game of hide and seek, and the stories of very different mothers' love. Heartrending as well as gripping, the writer shows deep empathy for how it can feel to have your child simply disappear. Plot twists that I initially thought improbable turn out to be quite probable after all. A thoroughly enjoyable read - recommended. But read with care if you're a parent, particularly of small children, you will find yourself weeping page after page.

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First Karin Fossum I haven't liked

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-16

This is because I'm squeamish. David Rintoul puts in a wonderful performance, as always, having said that. It's the story I don't like, I found it upsetting and nasty.

Also, not much of Sejer, and his personal life - and that's one of the things I liked the best about the other novels.

No spoilers, make up your own mind about the plot. It was just not to my taste this time.

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Kepler's masterpiece

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-06-16

Certainly value for money here as a very long listen/read.

The story builds slowly and there are a few surprises along the way. Featuring Joona Linna again his character is developed here into a risk taker. Perhaps he feels he has nothing to lose after the death of his partner, and the trauma that preceded that .

Would recommend this to those who love the Joona Linna series, but it can also be read as a standalone.

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Outstanding!

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Reviewed: 05-04-16

I have always loved Wuthering Heights from being a teenager; it is my favourite Bronte novel and indeed one of my overall favourites, and I thought I knew it inside out. However, Patricia Routledge's wonderful interpretation brings the story to life in new ways, with each character, even minor ones, being fully realised.

It honestly felt like coming to the book for the first time.

Fantastic!

Recommended.

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Reviewed: 18-03-16

A very impressive first novel from a former journalist. It is really a page turner, or whatever the audio equivalent is . It takes a potentially horrifying act, the abduction of a child, and tells the story through the different voices involved . Cleverly naming the book The Widow, sets us all wondering at what point does this person become a widow, and is her late husband actually the abductor ..... Pleasingly, there is never any hint of voyeurism present in the book, the crime itself is never talked about in detail. There is only one line in the book that left me shaken, but I will leave it for readers to discover this for themselves. Apparently there are already TV options on the cards and I am not surprised.