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Major Pettigrew

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-2020

A beautiful, tightly crafted novel which is a reflection on the latter stages of life....tender, nuanced and surprising. Quite a gem. The narrator s voice is melodious and matches the character portrayed beautifully.

Call the midwife

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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: 09-01-2020

This is an utterly enthralling account of a nunnery in the East End slums of London , which trained and provided a midwifery service, to the women of that region. They arrived on bicycle to administer to women in labour. The insights thus gained into life at that period are recorded here.

Harsh Critique !

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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: 12-11-2018

I found this book exceptionally tedious and shallow in its content. The author delivers an account of her post marriage move from America to Paris to live. However the flavour is one of adolescent self absorption. Although set in Paris it reeks of American sensibility. I forced myself to finish it but wouldn't recommend it to any one.

Disappointing

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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: 26-11-2017

Although generally highly regarded , this book in the style of Magical Realism seems to be a never ending account of military manouvres. It is almost inpenetrable , although I stuck it out through the first 8 chapters, I couldnt stand any more.
The psuedo story was buried deep within the endless, often senseless detail.
I wouldnt recommend it to anyone other than die hard Magic Realism Enthusiasts. The reader is too fast and delivers in a monotonous tone.

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Clea

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

Reviewed: 23-12-2016

The final boook of the superbly written Alexandria Quartet,Clea is perhaps not as superb as the others which are so eloquent, ,,,, sucha joy of English language, Do not miss these,

hauntingly beautiful.A subtle unusual 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: 02-08-2016

a hauntingly beautiful and unusua story of l multilayered meanings. Leaves the reader pondering many aspects of both the authors intent and life itself

A Grreat Listen....love this narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-2016

well worth reading.This is sequel to The Persimon Tree which I would also highly recommend. Very tight , highly skilled , beautifully written work.

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Gilbert' latest book ...quite a feat

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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: 08-01-2016

A saga with a rather wonderful ,strong, female protagonist. Beautifully read, lovely timbre to voice and in properly spoken 'Queen's English ....a pleasure to listen to. Thankyou Elizabeth Gilbert !

Superb Insight Into Indian Life and Spirituality

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2015

This is a magical classic, the only autobiography of a prominent real yogi ,I know of in existence, who was acknowledged by both East and West in the 1930s.
It is often placed on university reading lists for Asian Studies,
it is well worth the read for the fascinating story alone.
Narration is superb. Enjoy!

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hypnotists love story

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-2015



Something of a chore to get through. The main character, Ellen is rather ' goody two shoes -ish' and the plot slow moving.
More editing is required !
While the reader's natural voice is pleasant enough , the assumption of different voices for each character I found irritating, as she slipped inadvertently from one character voice into a different one,especially muddling Patrick and Jack.
A better ploy for an audio format would be to simply head each chapter with the relevant character's name.
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