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Unsettling relationship

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

Reviewed: 11-10-19

This is one of those books that makes me wonder if I should quit romantic fiction altogether. The central relationship with a "masterful" guy is unsettling. And yet as usual the moral is for the heroine to surrender, despite some token nods towards a more equal partnership. There were a number of situations I would have read as red flags and got the hell out. It wouldn't take much for this to tip over into abusive and controlling...

A whimsical jewel

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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: 11-09-19

Just reread this again - third time of reading - and loved it as much as the first time. Defies categorisation, a perfectly crafted and funny story of a young man getting a job in a mysterious bookstore. From this simple beginning the story twists and turns, weaving together themes from history, technology, crafts and typography. A great adventure with great, likeable characters.

Also a perfect reader for the material, adding another dimension to the enjoyment and brilliant character voices.

An exceptional audiobook

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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: 27-07-19

A brilliantly crafted epistolary novel - or rather novella - which grips from start to finish in all its twist and turns (although much more overtly cynical than Jane Austen's other works), and a positive dream team of readers. Especially Harriet Walter who plays Lady Susan herself with verve and conviction. I wish it were longer. Just fantastic.

Grover is wonderful

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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: 21-07-19

I quite liked the original reader of this book, but was so excited to hear that a new version was coming out with Grover Gardner narrating.

It's fabulous. I've always liked the Spirit Ring, but with Grover reading it lifts it from a good book to a really great book. More similar to the Chalion books than the Vorkosiverse, though actually standing alone in its own little universe.

Great series, superb reader

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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: 07-07-19

Imagine that the Rivers of London novels by Ben Aaronovitch were set in Victorian times with a self-possessed resourceful female protagonist and a slightly repellent precursor to Sherlock Holmes...

So delighted to find this new series of novels, extremely well written and managing to be both funny and heartfelt. And the reader is absolutely fantastic - male and female voices, different accents all utterly believable, as well as perfect storytelling.

A completely different take on the male/female crime duo, and I know I'll be getting everything in the series very soon.

Prefer single narration

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

Reviewed: 14-03-19

Having lots of people narrating together didn't work for me. I would have preferred one narrator with the skill to differentiate all the voices.

Such a good series

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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: 09-03-19

Just listened to this series again and struck by how very good it is - all 3 books which are available on audible. Gripping plot lines, very real characters and a supernatural talent you never question.

Goodness she writes so well. And the reader is excellent too.

I think this was my third listen. There will be more!

Beautiful writing, a novel to savour

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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: 20-02-19

Just so good. Sweet, challenging, thought provoking. A fantasy world that is utterly believable and real. And as always stunningly well written.

The Sharing Knife books unfold at a different pace from the Vorkosigan and Chalion/Five gods books. But they are wonderful in their own way.

Competent but uninspiring reader

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

I was so excited to see these books released as they're old favourites. But the reader, while very competent, has a colourless and cold style that made it a very unengaging read. Unlikely to get the rest of the series.

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The sweetest gay erotica I've ever read!

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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: 26-01-19

How could anyone NOT like such cute sex, and such cuddly men? More, please :)