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Hauntingly Beautiful

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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: 21-05-2016

This is an outstanding book, entirely engaging from first page to last. Universal stories of love, loss and grief touch each other across time. Each period is wonderfully evoked by the author and characters are drawn as well as any I've read in the past five years. The narrator is superb, adding depth and richness to a novel which was already enormously enjoyable. I'd be stunned if this didn't appear on the Booker shortlist later this year.

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Utterly Captivating

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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: 19-07-2015

If anything better than Life After Life. Teddy is one of the best characters I have read. A piece of writing by someone really in command of the art. Superbly read by Alex Jennings. Highly recommend this book.

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Ruined by narration

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-2015

I'm about half way through this beautifully written novel which is superbly crafted, poignant and loaded with vivid characters and memorable imagery. The writing makes the novel's Booker short listing entirely understandable. However it is unlikely I will reach the end of the book. I have persisted with the narration for as long as I think I'm able. Sadly the narrator seems to miss the tone of the writing by a thousand miles; presenting the listener with Jimmy Cricket and the land of the bogs and the little people. Wish I'd spent the money on the paper version though that presents it's own issues whilst driving the hour to work.