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Diana Szymiczek

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Interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-01-2020

While not revolutionary in its exploration of the serial killer phenomenon, this book is a worthy addition to any true crime aficionado’s collection. If you’re already well-versed in the history of these serial killers, you probably can’t expect to learn anything new, but it is still worth a listen. I found the frequent mentions of how attractive the victims were to be a little grating, but I suppose he takes care to mention the appearance of the killers too. Overall, I could’ve done without the sensationalisation of what is already a dramatic enough topic. The narrator’s work was rather annoying, unfortunately. He has a beautiful voice, but his attempt at an American accent was distracting (especially after getting to hear the ACTUAL voice of the killer, which was a real treat), and his mispronunciations of US Place names was too frequent to ignore. I’m Australian, and I found myself mentally correcting him every time he got it wrong.

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Effective thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2019

Interesting thriller-style story, if a little implausible at times. The narration was very good. My only complaint, really, is that the author does that thing where he describes most of the female characters with way too much emphasis on their appearance. I’m sorry, but the female characters’ breasts had no bearing on any of the events in the story!

Outstanding!!

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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: 18-12-2018

This was one of the best true crime stories I’ve ever heard! Getting to hear the actual voices of the police, the victims, and others involved in the case was unlike any other audiobook I’ve ever heard. The storytelling was detailed without waffling, and the pacing was perfect. I was riveted from start to finish. More like this please, Audible! So so good!

Excellent

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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: 07-03-2018

What a fantastic story! It was creepy, funny, and emotional. I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation.

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Interesting, but poorly narrated

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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: 13-12-2017

A fascinating story, detailing a slice of Australian history. Unfortunately, I found myself frustrated with the narration. Dylan White’s clipped British accent has got to be an affectation, and I presume he is, in fact American. His pronunciation of certain words drove me up the wall! “Barry” became “Berry”, “caught” became “cot”, “small” became “smoll”. Infuriating. I found myself relieved when it was over.

Charming!

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

Reviewed: 15-07-2017

Cecil Ahern has always known the exact recipe to create a beautiful story, and this is no exception. The Time of My Life blends engaging characters, humour, emotion, and that touch of magic that Ahern brings to every tale. Not overly sappy, but sweet nonetheless, I highly recommend this audiobook.

Lovely!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-2017

It doesn't re-invent the wheel but, as far as these kinds of stories go, it's a lovely addition to your collection.

Masterpiece!

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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: 12-06-2017

It was my honour to hear this story read by Mr Blatty himself. This harrowing tale of demonic possession, and the desperation of a loving mother has become a horror classic, and for good reason - it's frightening, harrowing, but incredibly touching. If you enjoyed the movie you will only fall more in love after hearing Mr Blatty so beautifully read you his tale. If you consider yourself a horror fan you owe it to yourself to take this terrifying journey. "What an excellent day for an exorcism"....

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