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Wonderful sequel...loved it!

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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: 12-11-2020

The Stone Man is one of my favourite books, and yay finally a sequel..The Empty Men! It was such joy to step back into that world, to meet new characters and a new threat. What a great book. No spoilers here.. all I’ll say is if you enjoyed The Stone Man, you’ll LOVE The Empty Men.

It’s OK. I wish I had liked it more...

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

Reviewed: 01-06-2020

I must admit I was a tiny bit disappointed..yes it’s a Hunger Games book and it was quite fascinating to see the world of Panem at the time of the 10th Hunger Game. And it was interesting that the point of view was from a young Coriolanus Snow. I did enjoy that. And I would absolutely love if there was a follow-up book from Lucy Grays perspective. But maybe we had been spoiled by the magnificent narration of the previous Hunger Games books..Tatiana Maslany's reading was outstanding, so emotional and the singing of the songs brought chills. Those books were wonderful. Unfortunately, as much as I like Santino Fontana narrating other books, this one was not great. Two things let it down.. The songs! For goodness sake, why weren’t the songs actually sung? Instead we got weird monotone spoken 'songs' that were totally jarring and almost unbearable. And the audio was terrible..there were far too many breaks and changes in audio, and it was very distracting and pulled you out of the story. It is a shame that those things spoilt it for me, it really could have been so much better. As it is, I would have to just rate it 'OK'.

Be warned...this is AWFUL!

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2017

First up this is an awful book!
If you enjoy well written books with captivating storylines and great characters then DON'T buy this book.
I wish I had not been sucked in by the positive reviews because I feel I have completely wasted my credit on this rubbish...in fact it is so bad I am going to ask audible for my money back on it.

There is nothing redeeming about this book whatsoever...even the great Scott Brick cannot make this rubbish better.
It feels like it was badly written by an amateur or high school student, and is in desperate need of editing. Was this even edited at all?
Most of the time sentences had me rolling my eyes in frustration at how bad the writing was..I'm warning you now, it is atrocious.
It has hours and hours of pointless boring superfluous descriptions, non believable characters and storylines, awful dialogue...I'm halfway though and I cannot even finish it. It's one of the worst books I've ever listened to.

(By the way Brad Manuel, dogs have LEGS...not ARMS)

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Fabulous..As good as the first!

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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: 24-05-2017

Wow! The Girl With All The Gifts is right up there in my list of favourite books, and this sequel/prequel is equally as good.
Set 10 years before the first book, this one answers some questions and ties in beautifully...I had chills at the end. And if you enjoyed The Girl With All The Gifts, you will definitely enjoy The Boy on the Bridge!

Loved it!

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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: 26-12-2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It started off quite light and funny, but later parts of the book are deeper and darker and sadder...really quite an emotional book for me.
I was surprised to learn in the authors afterword that this was one of his first books written many years ago and then 'lost'. I am so glad it was found and published!
Just a word about the narration...I do have to say I really love when authors have the talent to narrate their own books. You know you are hearing exactly what they meant when they wrote it, with all the inflections in the right spots. And Luke does such a brilliant job of narrating his books!
Highly recommended.

Brilliant...unputdownable!

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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: 26-12-2016

Luke Smitherd has quickly become one of my favourite authors...he is a brilliant writer and all his books are unique and unusual. This one is no exception..
My husband and I listened to Kill Someone on a long road trip, and we stopped it a few times to discuss what we would do if in the same situation..we definitely had some interesting conversations!
I highly recommend any of Luke Smitherd books. If you haven't read him before, you are in for a treat.

Captivating and unique!

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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: 27-09-2016

Well Luke Smitherd is fast becoming one of my favourite writers.. If you are looking for something well written and totally unique and interesting and 'un-putdownable' I highly recommend a Luke Smitherd book. The Stone Man was the first one I listened too and it was wonderful. This one was just as good, I loved it. Thank you Luke.

Don't believe the hype!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-2015

I so wish I had read the poor reviews for this book and not believed all the 5 star ones...unfortunately Audible make it difficult to search for 1 star reviews. I suggest you go to Amazon.com and click on and read some of the 1 star reviews before you waste your credit on this.
My problem with 'The Good Girl' was that it was so badly written, and I found myself rolling my eyes and scoffing at so many parts of it. This actually may be the first audible book I return to Audible.

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