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The main action takes place in rural Kent and London. It looks at the dramatic incidents, challenges, and temptations in the past and present lives of four couples of varying ages, professions, and sexual persuasions, all linked by either blood or friendship. The negative, selfish, sometimes violent, natures of some of the characters in Potholes and Magic Carpets wreak havoc on the innocent. A tale of not so simple folk.

©2015 Joy Mutter (P)2017 Joy Mutter

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Curiously appealing

Following the lives of four couples in Kent and London, Potholes and Magic Carpets appears to be a collection of short stories, but in fact interweaves and links each one as the author explores the actions and consequences of a group of very different people. From the detestable to the naïve, we see how the characters in each tale link into the next, revealing their fears, longings and (of course) ulterior motives. As always with Joy Mutter’s work, there’s an underlying hint of menace that reveals itself as the book progresses. Having read quite a few of Joy’s books, I’m used to her distinctive voice, so this time around, I opted to experience it as an audiobook. The narrator—Tracey Norman—brings an interesting and thoughtful interpretation to the story, and to the writing, that brought it to life beautifully, much like reading a stage play before seeing the production. Though nowhere near as dark and gory as some of Ms Mutter’s work, this is a curiously appealing and thought-provoking book.

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  • Ad n' Audie
  • 26-12-18

Strange, but enjoyable nonetheless

This unusual work of fiction captured my attention from start to finish in part due to the author’s storytelling talent and in part (surely unintentionally) due to its odd construction. The stories had a disjointed quality to them – the flow from one story to the next wasn’t entirely smooth. However, that never once really bothered me. I was content just to move from story to story. It’s sort of like hanging out with a friend or colleague who you know is totally odd, but you enjoy their company in spite of that oddness (and in some part because of it, if you’re being honest with yourself). I didn’t love how the author left some gaping potholes in her plot (ha, bad pun intended) whilst tying up other stories a bit too neatly at the end, but none of that bothered me enough to color the entire reading experience negatively. I thought the narrator did a great job here and I think this author could really shine with just a little more polish. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • KD
  • 02-10-18

Interesting premise

Set place in England revolving around couples It’s humor of the dark sort. This genre of book is not usually my cup of tea but I thought it was good and look forward to more from the author

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  • ROCKFORD WIGGER
  • 25-09-18

Potholes and Magic Carpets

4.5 stars. I really enjoyed the narration by Tracey Norman. She does and excellent job and her voice seemed perfect for this book. As to the story itself, I found it compelling and it was hard to stop listening. There are quite a few characters to keep track of. Their lives start in different areas and are interwoven dramatically throughout the book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Teresa
  • 28-12-17

A Very Complex and Compelling Story

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I was expecting something completely different judging from the title of the book, but fell in love immediately with the author's writing style and the narrative that evolved around four couples dealing with real life problems and successes.
It takes a little time to discover how the lives of these four couples intertwine and influence each other, but once you understand the mechanics, you'll be better able to understand how their personal dramas and achievements have been the results of upbringing and personal situations.
There are characters that you want to hate because they are in fact hateful, and others that you would like to hold and help get out of horrible relationships that could never be saved. The narration is also very commendable. All in all, a must read book.