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A bit cruel

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

I really did enjoy this but, without giving spoilers, I felt this was ultimately unjust and cruel towards a heartbroken grieving husband. After raising very grave suspicions about his character it can only conclude that he is basically a very typical introvert who loved his wife very much. A one point Jon Ronson and his producer justify this cruelty by saying he opened to door to criticism in the weeks following his wife's death when he lashed out at those who had bullied her of Twitter. He was grieving for heaven's sake! Surely everyone knows anger is part of the grieving process. He had some justification to make those criticisms too.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Not what I'd hoped for

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

Beautifully read but not exactly what I hoped for. I was expecting more about cleaning as a form of meditation and taking pleasure in simple things. There was more culturally specific facts about the superiority of traditional Japanese tools and investing money in good quality Japanese handmade objects. There were a few tips - such as cleaning windows with newspaper and remembering to close kitchen cabinets. Things I knew already.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Imagine a female Bill Bryson choosing to learn about the 1890s by full immersion. This book is witty, entertaining, beautifully written and educational in its authenticity. I wanted it to go on forever and wished Sarah Chrisman was my friend!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 26-10-16

Prunella Scales is the most talented reader I have heard so far. Her characters from a middle-aged Scottish doctor to a two year old French child are so convincing that I forgot I was listening to one voice. If only there were more books read by her.

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  • Joseph Andrews
  • The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and His Friend Mr. Abraham Adams
  • By: Henry Fielding
  • Narrated by: Rufus Sewell

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

Rufus Sewell is magnificent in this! He captures the wit of the narrator so perfectly and the pace is so strong and lively you will want to listen to the whole thing in a day.
The plot has some great twists, there are many laugh-out-loud moments and some hilarious lines. Even the digressions are gems, actually, perhaps they were even my favourite parts.

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Perfect

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

Reviewed: 14-09-16

This is perfect for those wanting guided meditation inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. There are some with just the mindfulness bells and some gently guided. I loved the sound of the bell and I think the reviewer who felt it was distorted was actually hearing the resonance of the bell which I like a very large bowl in real life. The recording seems to my ears quite accurate.
The guided meditations are quite beautiful and I found the one on learning to love my parents and myself very powerful and helpful. I will be keeping this "book" on my phone to use every day and look forward to using it over and over again. Wonderful!

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Not for me

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

Reviewed: 19-05-16

The story is sparse and the narrator is the main voice - rather like a social education teacher with a class of twelve-year-olds (apart from the frequent sexual violent language).
The main message of the book seems to be that women should accept the flaws in their partner with saint - like patience whilst accepting adultery as normal and not be hurt by it.
The performance will be fine if you aren't actually Scottish or been to Scotland. The pronunciation of place names is sometimes awkward and simply wrong at other times

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A masterpiece read magnificently

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

Reviewed: 16-04-15

I highly recommend this recording. Neville Jason is no only a great actor, he clearly has read ahead and comprehended every word. He gets the tone just right, from the characterisation to the energy and vehemence in Tolstoy's voice as he rants about the state of history. An epic piece in which both the philosophical ideas and central story are made compelling by a great reader.