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Heart-breakingly beautiful

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

Reviewed: 01-07-20

Beautiful story, wonderfully written and deeply moving.
interestingly, the narrator to me was not as good as he was in Oliver's role in the film. His voice is lovely it's just something with the way he related the story sounded a bit flat.

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 24-06-20

Graham Greene was a brilliant writer. His painfully true observations on human motivations, the sharp, though dark and terrifying points he makes about innocence, honesty and good intentions were utterly hair raising - because they were so true. Being a catholic, I am deeply fascinated with his relationship to religion. though I can't say I really understand it. The performance was okay, can't find much fault with it but not very memorable either.

Interesting history lesson

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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: 04-03-20

Very well researched, entertaining history lesson. Not high literature though well written. A bit too heavy on the moralizing at the end for my taste. I don't like all the conclusions spelled out for me in detail, it gets a bit didactic and "educational" in that way.

Bit of a disappointment

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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: 17-12-19

I had loved Me Before You. Then I saw this book in a book shop and read what is said on the back and was intrigued to listen on audible but I was disappointed.
At one point I even thought I might never get to the end but felt that it would not quite be justified to return.
It was not rubbish but to me this was just an average romantic novel. The romantic bits made me laugh to be honest, I found them a bit schoolgirlish.
The performance from the narrator is good.
I don't think I will experiment much more with this writer though.

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very good thriller

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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: 10-11-19

Okay, so bumping into a doppelganger that resembles someone as convincingly as it was described in this book is pretty unlikely. But I feel a bit sorry for the reviewers who got stuck on this because as fictional stories go, this is a pretty fascinating idea, actually. (But then, I know someone who has met her own daughter's doppelganger and to me, the way she described that experience makes this idea worth exploring and stretching.) I thought that in the book there was good reasoning for why people might not realize for a while that the doppelganger is not the person they think she is, and among them, the very unlikeliness of this scenario is probably the strongest.
I liked the characters and the narrator was very good too. I only had a couple of small issues.
I felt that if anything was not so well believable was Cassie's breeziness after she went undercover. Having only just escaped death by the skin of her teeth, I personally would find it extremely strange for someone to act as if nothing was the matter.
As a character, Sam was quite uninteresting and boring, I really didn't see how he fit into the story.
I found this book very good but have to say, I liked In The Woods more. Somehow the atmosphere worked better for me and I am listening to it now a second time because of the BBC series, which did not do justice to either story and I want to hear again how the story really was.

Found it boring and gave up on it

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

Reviewed: 10-11-19

I am a Downton Abbey fan and was really looking forward to this book but I found myself unable to even pay attention.
I normally have no problem with Juliet Stevenson, only as a narrator, I did not find her very engaging. Some of her characters are exaggerated, caricature-like and that doesn't help with making the characters interesting.
It was mainly the story though that I completely lost interest in by about half-way through and never even finished the book.

Not for me

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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: 24-09-19

I am sure there will be plenty of people who like it.
I found the stories a bit juvenile and boring and the humour bland.

Not sure how to evaluate this book

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

Reviewed: 24-09-19

I accidentally clicked on a star and now I can't remove it.
It is not a bad book. It is quite fascinating but for me just very difficult to follow the narration and I keep losing the plot about what is happening and to whom and how the timeline of the story adds up and how the characters relate. The narration is just okay.
I see a lot of people have loved it and with good reason, I just probably need to try the printed version.

Not funny enough

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

Reviewed: 24-06-19

I suppose for die-hard Ricky Gervais fans it's hilarious.
I like his humor sometimes but Karl started to annoy me half-way through the second episode and I never got any further.

Not so good for audio

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

I am not sure what exactly I was expecting from this one but I am disappointed.
I found it very difficult to listen to as it is more like a documentary, rather than a novel.
After the first foreword there was a very long second chapter which was a pretty detailed history lesson in what had lead to the revolution. I was relieved when it was over but unfortunately the story itself too felt more like a documentary than a novel.
I would only recommend it for people who are utterly fascinated in the politics and all the ins and outs of events around the Revolution in lots and lots of detail.