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jenny wren

England
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Good reader makes all the difference

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Gentle, slow paced, not gory or too suspenseful, this is a solid detective mystery involving the cold case unit. Characters are well developed and believable and the reader is superb.

Deliciously original quirky story about loneliness

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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: 27-06-17

Loved this book! Beautifully written story dealing with loneliness and the effects of tragedy in childhood. Optimistic, sensitive, emotionally congruent - and with literary depth. The reader makes the book sing.

44 of 46 people found this review helpful

Extraordinarily inventive, moving and gripping.

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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: 26-09-16

What can I say? Atkinson must be the top literary novelist of her generation, and this novel, with its partner A God in Ruins, is just a joy to listen to. I just don't know how she does it. I'm speechless. I've never known a novel that paints WW2 so well. The characters are beautifully drawn, the style effortless, and the whole awful grip of WW2 is quite within her grasp. Nothing else to say that wouldn't be crazily verbose, so just listen to it and be awed, and affected.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Wonderful! Just wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

What can I say? Atkinson must be the top literary novelist of her generation, and this novel, with its partner Life after Life, is just a joy to listen to. I just don't know how she does it. I'm speechless. I've never known a novel that paints WW2 so well. Nothing else to say that wouldn't be crazily verbose, so just listen to it and be awed.

Clever suspense - I'll never go on the tube again!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

If anything this book was just a little too long... but it certainly kept me listening. The suspense is good, and the ending a surprise, but if you guessed (and you listen to a lot of this genre) you could probably guess it. that's my one complaint really; although my disbelief was suspended for most of the novel, the denouement wasn't terribly convincing, and I wished the daughter didn't have to go through it because it emphasised a bit of a weakness in the plot. Suspense endings are difficult to handle, because you can either blow it with an over the top finale or peter it out. So I might be being a bit uncharitable, because I did enjoy the book.

Needs a health warning!!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Brilliant suspense (sometimes almost too much!) Certainly something I could not put down. Would make a good film. Sometimes I felt the main character, Lucy, was doing just a tad too much on her own, and this just scraped by being believable, but hey, fiction is about suspending disbelief and this is 100 per cent a book I got caught up in. Lovely characters, nothing cardboard here. And a plot that has many surprise twists. There is a great underlying knowledge of police procedure which underpins the novel and gives much weight to the story. Paul Finch, you're new to me, but you're definitely one of the best.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

Politics spoils this novel

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

Reviewed: 26-04-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book. It starts well, with a human interest story, but changes to the laborious making of political points, and using the characters in an unreasonable way to do this. I found the Sikh angle quite interesting, but the politics of India seemed to take over and sabotage the plot. I struggled to finish it, and skipped bits near the end. The book is also far too long, and I usually like longer books, but this is ponderous.

Would you ever listen to anything by Shauna Singh Baldwin again?

No. I have already listened to her other book, "What the Body Remembers" which is actually quite good with a beginning that draws you in straight away.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Yolande Bavan?

Possibly, though she has an odd way of reading sentences '...'says Darmani.' pausing for too long after dialogue, which seemed rather odd.

Was The Selector of Souls worth the listening time?

No, unfortunately.

Any additional comments?

I could have returned it, but I wanted the novel to work, so persisted.

Fantastic nordic thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

Any additional comments?

Couldn't stop listening to this book. Beautifully narrated. A slow start for the first two chapters then it really takes off. In fact on the strength of those chapters I was going to give up, but am glad I didn't. Complex plot with some gory bits, but it's the characters who make it.

Prequel to Mists of Avalon

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I found the narrator's male voices irritating because they all sounded pompous and old. You don't have to try and sound like a man if you're reading a male character's speech.

The criminal's other half - guilty or not?

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Widow to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the book.

What did you like best about this story?

It's pacing. It's a nasty tale, but sensitively written, so there are no lurid shock moments.

Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favourite?

Kate

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Just how much does the widow know, and what is she hiding?

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