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Let down by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

I was so looking forward to listening to this book which had been well reviewed pre publication. However it is very difficult to give a fair review of the book as it is so badly let down by the appalling narration. There are many pauses, the narration is slow and dragged out and Anna Friel constantly swallows and slurps. Disappointing !

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Let down by poor narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

After reading rave reviews about this debut novel I was really looking forward to listening to it. Unfortunately I was unable to finish it as it is let down by very poor narration. The characters are portrayed as very self entitled and I had little empathy for them or interest in the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

A gripping thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

This is my first Rachel Abbott book and I'll definitely listen to more. It's a part thriller, part police procedural and the narration by Lisa Coleman is absolutely superb. I did find the main character Maggie rather unbelievable and had little sympathy for her. However the police procedural aspect was very well done and kept me listening

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Very tedious

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

Reviewed: 19-07-16

After listening to too many crime and psychological thrillers I was looking for an easy chick lit read but unfortunately this one was very disappointing. It is quite different to previous Adele Geras books I have read and is written very badly. It is narrated brilliantly by Jenny Funnell but this was not enough to motivate me to finish it.

What a fantastic listen

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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: 01-02-16

I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel and worried that it would be just another 'domestic noir' of which there are so many currently published. However this is probably the best I have listened to since 'Girl on the Train' last year. It is read brilliantly by Katherine Fenton and I will definitely listen to more books narrated by her. Although this book is a psychological thriller it is also a beautifully written family drama that at times reminded me of the great Anne Tyler. Highly recommended.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

A fantastic debut

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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: 01-02-16

I will never tire of reading or listening to Sarah Waters' debut novel. I have previously read the novel and watched the BBC dramatization but I think that Juanita McMahon brings this novel to life in a whole new way. Waters' writing, characterization and attention to period detail is superb and this novel is a reminder of why she is my favourite novelist writing today.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

A promising debut

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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: 01-02-16

I do wish that publishers would stop hyping novels as the next 'Gone Girl' or 'Girl on the Train' as they rarely live up to the hype. This book certainly doesn't but it is a promising, gripping debut. There is however nothing new here although it does stand out from some of the more recent 'domestic noir' novels. It is excellently read by Clare Corbett who does such a good job of keeping the reader engaged throughout.

23 of 30 people found this review helpful

A gripping debut

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It is an amazing debut that I listened to at every available moment. My previous book of this year was 'Girl on the Train' but this was even better. I loved the Bristol/Wales settings and really felt that I was there in the middle of the story. The characterisation was excellent and believable and the twists were completely unexpected.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Let You Go?

One of the twists which I really did not see coming.

What about David Thorpe and Julie Barrie ’s performance did you like?

Both readers were excellent. I love listening to audiobooks with multiple narrators.

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

There were many shocking moments but they were done with empathy and not to shock gratuitously. I felt completely caught up in Jenna's story.

27 of 32 people found this review helpful

Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

If you could sum up The Fear Cure in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational. Motivating. Amazing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

Have you listened to any of Jenn Morris’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Jenn Morris before but she does a fantastic job here voicing Lissa Rankin's words. I have heard Lissa Rankin narrate and I was disappointed that she didn't narrate her own book this time. However I do feel that Jenn Morris matches Lissa's reassuring, empathetic tone.

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

I was inspired and motivated through out this amazing book. If you suffer from any kind of illness or are just feeling stuck in your life I would highly recommend Lissa's book. I think it is far better than her first book 'Mind Over Medicine'. It brings together lots of ideas in a really accessible way. It will definitely be a 'self help' book that I follow through on and return to.

Any additional comments?

One of my all time favourite self help books. Highly recommended

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

Awful narration

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-04-15

Would you try another book written by Armistead Maupin or narrated by Kate Mulgrew?

Yes I would definitely try another book by Armistead Maupin. His 'Tales of the City' series are some of my all time favourite books. Sadly Maupin's fantastic cast of characters have been hugely let down by the narration of Kate Mulgrew. Her voice as Anna Madrigal is fine but she struggles to voice any other character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Days of Anna Madrigal?

Sadly I didn't find out as I gave up due to the appalling, grating narration.

How could the performance have been better?

Why was Kate Mulgrew used ? Maupin himself, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon...all would have made great narrators for this book.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did not get very far due to the appalling narration. I feel very frustrated as now I will never know what happens in the final installment of one of my favourite series of books. For those of you who have never read a 'Tales of the City' book do start at the beginning- the narrators for the rest of the series are excellent.

Any additional comments?

Maybe this is cheating but I have given this book 5 stars for the story as all Maupin's previous books in this series have been fantastic. It is just a shame that the narrator didn't do his words justice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful