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Misleading title

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

Reviewed: 23-03-2020

I wouldn't have chosen that title for this story. It is misleading because the book doesn't focus on this at all as this is revealed towards the end. Maybe "Karma", or "Right here, right now" or "Stella's Life".

Story: I enjoyed the book and think that it was an interesting story, a bit different than others but had the main characteristics of any story. It had drama, tragedy, humour, love, family issues. Most characters were believable, however I don't understand the discontent that the son had to the mother after they returned from the US. Lately I find that characters in most books of this genre generally have a sense of stupidity to them. Are there parents who let their children speak to them and treat them like that? where have this society come to, I am appalled. Although I have enjoyed the book and I read (or rather listened) in a few days without getting bored I don't believe i will be reading any other books from the same author.

Narration: Just brilliant. Aoife McMahon does it again. She is so talented.

who needs enemies when you have friends like these

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

Reviewed: 20-03-2020

storyline: You don’t need enemies when you have friends like these. The story was simple, but weaved masterfully from the start. I liked the back and forth in time narration. I did find it frustrating that we didn’t get any clues until the very end. I guess we would have guessed who done it early on. Each and every one of the character hated each other, these people are not friends, how very sad lives they all had. No self worth, seeking gratification from how other people treat you. I hope that not all people are like this considering that the characters are taken from real life??

audio book narration: very good, enjoyed all the different narrators, which helped built the different characters for who they were.

Intriguing but could have been better...

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

Reviewed: 16-03-2020

Story:
The book started with our protagonists during high school in a small town in Ireland. This is the first book I have read from this author and I find that she is a very good narrator, she builds up her characters throughout the book. Are the people normal in this book? If an abused person and a depressed person are normal maybe yes, who isn’t in some way challenged by life growing up through school or family environment.

So the book drew me from the start and intrigued me of where it was going. A bit more than halfway I got impatient as it was going on about the two peoples lives but it seemed aimless. I don’t think that was necessary, and it was blatantly obvious how freaking stupid the two main characters were, wasting time not being honest with each other and letting life go past. Life is precious and every moment counts.

The characters/ story does a full circle and brings us to closure, a sort of ambivalent closure, I mean I could really scream to the girl to snap out of it, snap out from her self pity and self loathing.

Is this book about relationships and how these change us along our path of life? or is it just about loneliness, being afraid to express and say what we feel? To being able to feel worthy of life, happiness, love, self worth….maybe all the above. Saying this I am not sure I will read other books from this author, but I thank her for this story.

Narration: I love, love, love the Irish accent and Aoife McMahon is the best. She captures each character’s feeling and personality in the way she depicts them all and every single one of them. Se never disappoints.

All in all I would recommend this book.

Thanks for reading :)

Only half the book is interesting

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

Reviewed: 22-02-2020

I liked the first half of the book only, the other half was just a repeat of the first half. The narrator was the most boring...it seemed he was bored reading, very flat voice. I wouldn't recommend this book. Plus when he started mentioning Trump I lost faith and finally gave up.

I wanted to like this book (spoiler alert)

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2020

And I did like it but found it too slow at times. And if the author was going for the two love stories why didn’t she take it all the way but left us just hanging. If you do it do it all the way otherwise what’s the point.
It felt unfinished and rushed at the end. Not likely to be reading any other books from this author.
Narration was really enjoyable.

Intriguing story

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

Reviewed: 02-01-2020

I enjoyed listening to this book. Louise Brealey was superb. Jack Hawkins should have had some advice on how to pronounce the Greek names in the book, it hurt my ears to hear him. Otherwise narration was good. At one point in the book I felt it could move at a faster pace. The story was interesting and the ending also. Not sure if I will listen to any other books from the same author though. At the cusp of 3 to 4 star book for me. I would recommend it.

What is the meaning of this book?

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

Reviewed: 26-07-2019

I love Kate Atkinson’s books that I have read previously, but I didn’t like this one so much. There is no character development. There are plenty of characters but that’s it. The family members don’t really connect with each other and the siblings don’t have any emotion for each other which I found very odd. How can a sister not feel anything for the loss of a sibling or a mother is beyond me. I don’t think I will listen to any other of her books.
Story: There didn’t seem to be a storyline, no plot. People live, people die, the end.

Narration: generally very enjoyable. When narrating young girls the voices didn't change from when they were adults which I found confusing.

Would have preferred another narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-07-2019

An author doesn’t necessarily make a good narrator. I believe this book needed another narrator. All in all it was an interesting book and understanding a bit more about people with disabilities. One comment that I feel strongly about is that the author says she doesn’t want a cure. I think thats a lie, who wouldn’t want to be cured.

A light read(listen)

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

Reviewed: 08-07-2019

Half way through the book and only a few clues about the disappearances. How can a detective be so naive and ready to fall in love- give us a break. I didn’t think she did much investigation while at the farm. More like a love story. So many other viable suspects. Could be a film though. In the end I did enjoy it but I wanted more of a challenge in the plot. It was predictable most of the time. Enjoy a light read.

Don’t recommend it

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

Reviewed: 06-07-2019

4hours into the book and the author has spoken about Alex Honnold a handful of times. The book title should be “The climbing life and the El Capitan climb, oh and Alex Honnold”. The last third of the book gets interesting though and the climb is about 40min at the very end.
Wouldn’t recommend it.