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Classic Dan Brown

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-11-2020

Like his other books, this one doesn't disappoint. You are in his power and you just keep on reading until he's finished with you. A good read.

Didn't do much for me!

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 19-11-2020

Not sure why I read it except that it was free on Audible. I found it a bit lacking in the satisfaction realm. Can't say I learned much or that I particularly enjoyed it. it's not something that I'd read to a child. I'm not blaming J K Rowling - it's probably me.

Better for having read it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-2020

Some books are great to read just because they show off an aspect of human nature that is inspiring and uplifting. Bronnie Ware's story is inspiring. She is inspiring. A person who cares about the world and the people in it. Well put together, and easy to identify with.

Enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-2020

An enjoyable read. It held my attention. Two and a half hours isn't long, and a great thing to listen to if you haven't got a lot of time. I'd read more of her work. And I loved the sound of the reader. Not a great philosophical treatise - just an engaging whodunnit.

Easy read

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Reviewed: 19-11-2020

I enjoyed it. Nice light read when you don't want anything too demanding. I like a book that holds my attention, and I don't find myself wishing it was over. Cleverly written for that alone. And I wasn't expecting the outcome. Anyone else might have, but not me.

Painless way to learn

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Reviewed: 19-11-2020

Pretty good - all I have to do is listen for an hour a day in the car or going for a walk, and I get a whole course from an Economics professor giving me an overview of the development of Economics in the last few centuries. I found it incredibly helpful - mainly because it gave me such a good overview. You get a sense of the movements, the causes and the consequences over time. Big picture stuff. I'll be doing more Great Courses for sure.

A must read ...

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Reviewed: 08-11-2020

Excellent. If you've ever been guilty of taking yourself too seriously, then read this book. It should help knock you into shape. There are lots of things I could say. First is just how refreshing it was to read an authentic account of what it's like to deal with issues that I daresay we all deal with to some extent or another. eg. Body issues, anxiety, self confidence, self worth, who am I really? Delightfully read. I actually found myself laughing out loud in the car when she described telling her mother that she was expecting a baby. Hilarious. The author left me liking her - the sort of person you'd really like to meet. I'll certainly be showing up to her next show.

A book you don't forget having read

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Reviewed: 06-10-2020

I already read this book before getting the Audible copy. It's a book I can't forget. The thought of public shaming, or any shaming for that matter, is probably my greatest fear, and I suspect I'm not alone. What's really shocking is just how easily it's done nowadays with social media. The opening story makes your realise what can happen with just one click on your mobile. Loss of job, career prospects, credibility and self respect. And all within a few hours. It can either make you or break you. This is a must read.

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Couldn't fault it

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Reviewed: 28-06-2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was complex, interesting, intriguing and touching. I was staggered by the quality of the writing, and never stopped being surprised by the way the author strung the whole thing together. Brilliant!

Didn't really enjoy it

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-2020

I gave 29+ hours of my time to this book, and have to say I was disappointed. I carried on because I have a rule to finish a book, and I did know at the start it was a 29 hour job. It came highly recommended to me, but I just couldn't warm to it. I think the problem was that the characters are all treated at a distance - you never really get inside their heads or their hearts. A key character (Anna) you would think would have a lot to say about how she feels - nothing! It's a clever story carefully woven together, but a bit too clever for my liking. I got so sick of it, I had to force myself to keep following the plot. I did that, but even then, there were some bits I could not link together. eg. Where did the second Crosbie Wells come from (introduced very late in the book)? I guess I should be able to work that one out, but it was a mystery to me. If you going to pull a stunt like that, at least provide a little more of a clue what it signifies. Finally, it's over, and I can get on with a new book. I'll make sure the next one is a whole lot more entertaining - definitely time for some light relief.