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A great 'feel good' book..

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2019

I really enjoyed this one, it was funny and warm without being too cheesy. Mhairi McFarlane has created characters that made me feel I knew them, and Madeline Gould's excellent narration just brought them all to life. A great feel good book.

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Great story that keeps you hooked

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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: 03-04-2019

Loved this book, it had all the hallmarks of a great Liane Moriarty story - interesting and engaging characters, just enough about each to keep you guessing how the connections will all come together and some great twists. I just wanted to keep listening to find out more.

Such a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 03-04-2019

Until now I have been a huge Liane Moriarty fan, but unfortunately this book was disappointing from start to finish - although I say finish but I didn't actually mange to get to the end it was so awful. I very rarely don't finish a book even if I'm not particularly enjoying it, I like to see it through regardless, but not this one - the storyline was poor, the characters were not engaging and the narration was irritating. The story rambled on with none of the intriguing subtle links of her previous books. And as it began to come to conclusions they were all so flimsy and pointless that it just made me irritated and I switched it off. Disappointed.

Fascinating Book

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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: 20-01-2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the book from beginning to end. Michelle Obama truly is a remarkable woman and even with her few not so flattering (though perfectly understandable) comments regarding Donald Trump she manages to convey a dignity and non-bias the world is sorely lacking these days. The book gives insight to the loneliness and fear that comes with living in such public glare all the time. I found the description of life, politically and privately, with in the White House fascinating.
Her narration is wonderful, not only is she a great speaker, but she reads with genuine feeling.
I already admired both Michelle and Barrack Obama, but now have even more respect for them both after hearing their stories.
I recommend the book regardless of political persuasions, it is a darn good book.

Enjoyable Story

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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: 06-09-2016

This is a recap and continuation from the first book, A Streetcat named Bob. Just as enjoyable and so heartwarming to hear how it all turned out. A story of determination and strength of character, proof that despite the hand that life deals you, you have the ability to change it. Looking forward to seeing how they adapt it to film ?

Delightful

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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: 06-09-2016

This was a delightful, charming yet thought provoking book. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the bond that developed between James and Bob. It also gave me some insight into the harsh realities of what life on the streets must be like for those more unfortunate than ourselves. An enjoyable book, not just for cat lovers.

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Delightful

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

Reviewed: 11-11-2015

The stories are set in Botswana and McCall Smith captures the essence if Africa perfectly, the sights, smells and the people. You are instantly transported to another a place, enjoying that cup of bush tea with Mme Ramotswe, feeling like you are a friend or a neighbour being told a story. There is a simple, laid back approach to his writing that makes these stories so easy to read.
The characters are all charming and easy to connect with. The stories sometimes ramble and have no real conclusion, but I don’t mind as I love the characters so much I am happy to just spend time with them.
Adjoa Andoh's narration is wonderful, what a perfect choice to bring these stories to life.

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Delightful Tale

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

Reviewed: 09-11-2015

This is a lovely, heart warming, easy book - animal lovers will adore it, especially the animals own additions to the tale.
It's always uplifting to hear about people who have taken the bold step to follow their dreams, and I have to admit I'm a sucker for it everytime.
Yes, it's a little twee and cutesy in places, but it tells it all the highs and the lows, and all with a lovely sense of humour.
I engaged with all the characters, I truly felt like I was friend they were sharing their adventure with. Should there be a sequel I would probably read it.




Bit of a plod...

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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: 09-11-2015

It takes a while to get going, and the writing style is a bit choppy in places, but that could be down to translation.
I never really connected with any of the characters, some because I didn't particularly like them and others because they seemed to be randomly introduced to the story and never developed into anything that was really relevant?
Certain elements seemed unnecessary - Sabiha, her daughter, and the psychoanalyst - what was the point? The rape on the train, why, the train journey was harrowing enough and the story never followed through on it anyway. I felt the train journey was a very significant part of the story, yet it was crammed in at the end of the book and left a lot of loose ends.
However, as a historical fiction book it was quite interesting and did give some insight into the plight of the Turkish people during the war.

Thoroughly enjoyable !

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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: 26-09-2015

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, as some travel biographies can feel like a bit of an ego trip for the author. This one felt honest and heartfelt, with a warts and all approach that I liked. I felt included in the story, as though I was there with her sharing the sights, smells, sounds and experiences.
The whole thing was brought together so well with Kate Hosking's excellent narration.