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Interesting stories but weird dramatisation

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

Reviewed: 15-01-20

The stories gave ann interesting and quite witty insight into contemporary China. But why choose such Britain voices for the dramatisation? Off putting

Amazing Le Carré

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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: 04-11-19

Breathtaking analysis of the current situation in the UK re Brexit. The sting is in the tail.

The Boy in the striped pajamas

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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: 07-01-17

Innocence versus the ultimate horror. This is a wonderful, touching story. Beautifully written, beautifully read. It will haunt you

interesting update on 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

well written. Good characterisation, good soul searching of father/daughter relationship, but ultimately supremely racist.
The ultimate message is that 'negroes' are backward are need to 'wait', and the wicked NAACP are merely cynical agitators. The South really belongs to white people.
Scout is sympathetic, but patronizing to people she cannot consider her equals.

The Mission Song

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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: 03-06-16

Perfectly written, perfectly read.

I took much longer to finish than expected, because I kept going over parts because of the beauty of the writing.
Salvo's realistically delineated character emerges naturally from his background , and the plot is exquisitely crafted.

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A Delicate Truth

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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: 14-05-16

A wonderful book, written and beautifully narrated by John Le Carre. As usual with Le Carre, it is thrilling and full of suspense, but more than that, it is a story about human decency, about temptation an honour.

I have listened to it twice and will do so again.

Longbourn

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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: 19-02-16

This book is amazing. The characterisation is superb. Jo Baker is exemplary in building a picture of the world of Pride and Prejudice from the eyes of the servants. She is entirely credible in fleshing out what the actions of Austen's characters mean to those who have to wait on them, and in giving insights into the motivation of some of the characters, like Mr Bennet.

But the Bennets and the Darcys are merely incidental to this story of love and endurance.

Remarkable!

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Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 13-12-15

An amazing and well written story with good characterization. Well, except for our heroine in the beginning, but she grew on me after she changed identities. Very clever to have the dead tell their own stories. I was completely absorbed, even while I wondered why some places had aliases while others could be called by there real names. It took me at least a couple of of chapters to work out 'Copenhagen City', while 'Rema' and 'Trench Town' were just 'Rema' and 'Trench Town'. Why?

The audio presentation was a huge disappointment, however. Was there nobody to coach say, Josie Wales on what an authentic Jamaican accent sounds like?
Just a headsup, but a 'ranking' don indicates power, a 'renking' Don means that he stinks. Which might have been what the writer intended. Seriously, having the wrong Caribbean accent is like having confusing a New Yorker with someone from Tennessee.

Silence of the waves

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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: 05-11-15

Amazing exploration of mental/psychical healing. Carofiglio's explorations into the psyches of the man and of the boy and of the development of the relationship with the boy's mother are completely convincing

House for the season

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

I enjoy the series, but I was sorely disappointed in this one. The story was pretty vapid, and the reader's rendition of our hero's voice was very off-putting. Ah well, there are the other two to go. I still like Rainbird and the other servants, and it is fun to have their perspectives on the historical period.