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Excellent story but chapter 29 is missing

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

Reviewed: 01-07-20

I have only listened to this book in the Mirabelle Bevan series - having read the others - and I was not disappointed until chapter 29 (chapter 30 on the audible chapter list). Most of the chapter is missing and of course that chapter explains what has been happening all along. I have reported the problem to Audible, but until they can find the sound file - you need to either get the book and read the missing chapter (with whisper) or read the chapter somehow. Otherwise the performance is excellent and the book takes the characters forward in a way that is somewhat melancholy (very much in keeping with 1950s Brighton perhaps) but also with a very gripping story beautifully read.

Magnificient narration

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

Reviewed: 20-05-20

This very long book is sustained by the narration. Each character has his or her own voice and you are never lost and so the power of the book, for me at least, is in the narration. As a print book it might have been rather exhausting, but Miles keeps our attention and above all our focus on the characters. Of course we know the end, nevertheless the end is especially moving and powerful. Although this is a very long book requiring a lot of concentration, at no point did I drift off or wonder who was who. The narrations of all three books have been excellent, but I thought this was the best and by far the most emotionally charged.

Disappointing

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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: 16-03-20

This book is disappointing. The author goes from place to place without really getting to grips with the main subject of what the forecast actually means and he does not discuss all the vocabulary of the forecast and whether it is still relevant or truly useful. He does visit some interesting places, but since he usually only spends one night, one never really gets a true feeling for the town or whatever, so this is not a travel book either. There is quite a lot about being sick on boats and not getting where he planned. And one does wonder what the point of the whole exercise was. The idea was quite good, but it didn't also (quite) work.There are one or two funny passages. In my opinion the reading is poor, but I know others don't agree.

Brilliant and brilliantly read

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

Reviewed: 12-06-19

Once you get over the old fashioned prejudice contained in this book - and there is much - this is a wonderful tale of daring do - absolutely brilliantly read! There is not much else to say about it except listen and escape from everyday life and be swept back to the turn of the last century - with its old ideas about "the other" but also its ideas about bravery and patriotism.

Too long and badly read

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

Reviewed: 12-06-19

I think I'm not the only person who has issues with the reading. The performance is boring and so the book seems interminable. There are some fascinating passages and the book would probably be better in print - so that one could skip passages. If you do listen it would be useful to listen to the last chapter first because that explains who all the people on trial are. One of the main centres of interest of the book is the development of international criminal law, but after that there are long descriptions of how each prosecutor or defender spoke and reacted which perhaps might be more interesting with pictures or film. In all this is definitely not a very good audiobook although much of the information contained in it is very interesting.

Too much Burges

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-19

As with all Lawton books there is an engaging and convoluted plot, but to my mind there is really too much (again) about Guy Burgess - the book consists of a sort of biography or re-creation of the life of Burgess and so there is in reality very little plot as such. Nevertheless the reading is wonderfully RP and beautifully paced and as with all Lawton books we are swept along with the drama. It is also another step in the Troy story and brings in all the usual characters creating an extremely realistic or at least vivid description of the 1950s and the way that upper class society operated.

Brilliant and funny

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

Reviewed: 16-05-19

What a treat! The whole thing is very wry - it's even better if you know your Foyle's War - and despite being quite ridiculous, and full of in- jokes, one gets involved with the plot because Horowitz is above all a magnificent plotter. His family and friends get caught up in the story, but he is never nasty about real people. The invented people are not quite so lucky!

Pretty good but not as good as The Dry

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-19

This is very good and exciting towards the end. It is not quite as good as The Dry - or perhaps second time round the story is not quite so exotic - but it's definitely worth a listen and brilliantly read.

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Definitely worth a listen - even if some of the story is a bit predictable. A new voice to follow and a good twist at the end. It kept me entertained and I wanted to know what happened. The multi-voice reading is excellent.

Worth sticking with

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

About half way thought this book I nearly gave up - I really couldn't see where it was going. However, having decided to listen for a long stretch, I realised it was a book that needed to be "read" almost in one go. The reader was excellent and pushed the narrative along and one gradually got the point of the story. I would definitely recommend listening to it if you have time to stick with it and then gradually you get a sense of the flow of the book. But I feel it's not a book to be listened to in small snippets.