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A great review of Tolkien’s life work.

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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: 17-11-2019

This is an undergraduate level introductory course to the collected work of Tolkien. It is structured in a very logical sequence. It is clear that Drout is a fan of Tolkien and he deliberately steers away from any very controversial topics. Nonetheless the passion for the topic is evident from the start and this makes it very interesting to listen to. I found the reviews of Tolkien’s work to be insightful and carefully thought out. I really enjoyed the series and have only one criticism: there needs to be more!!!

Gripping children’s tale

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

Reviewed: 16-10-2019

There are some great elements in this book. It’s nice to have a tough and knowledgeable female protagonist. And the story is very good, I even if it does borrow heavily from jack london and Gary Paulson. The dialogue is a weak point. The characterisation of the poor helpless male antagonist is very superficial. The main disappointment is the way the novel dribbles out at the end with valley-girl Americanism. OMG! Frustrating much.

Blurk

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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: 16-10-2019

Just so piddling mediocre it defies description. Fails on so many levels. It’s a shame because the concept is great. The execution really wasn’t up to it.

Creepy, creatively brilliant and believably scary.

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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: 03-08-2019

The narration is superb. The story is witty, full of subtle references to other great pieces of literature, though without interrupting the flow of the narrative. Michelle Paver’s great joy for writing glosses every line to light up the very dark, and almost gothic storyline. I am so glad I bought this book. You will be too.

Brilliant book, great performance

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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: 24-06-2019

It is not very often that you find a new series of books that are this good. Everything about this book is excellent. The story, the writing, the narration. If you are hesitating about purchasing this book, rest assured: you will love it.

Just Wonderful

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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: 15-05-2019

Every now and the. You read a book that changes your life. For me, this is one of those books. It is a profound and deeply moving story about narcissism and the impact this disorder has both on the person with the disorder and all those around them. It is harrowing for those of us who have come under the dark influence of such a person. It is also ultimately liberating as well. Like all of Harris’ novels, there are layers here that reward the reader with lots of thought-provoking switchbacks and double-takes. You can enter this world again and again and never be bored. I highly recommend this novel. The audio is also of the first quality and the narrator does a wonderful job of altering the voicing for each character with just enough subtlety and consistently to be able to carry the narrative quite effectively. You have to be alert however, to the changes in character as and when they occur or it can be a little confusing.

Doesn’t translate into audio as you’d expect.

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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: 23-04-2019

There needs to be an effort to edit this book so that it can be more easily understood in an audio format. For example, how do you translate italics into audio? With a text like this, much of the meaning-values are expressed in layout, the use of headings, and nuanced written convention. These sorts of writing elements do not translate well into audio. It makes understanding the text far more difficult. There is no explanation, for example, as to why there are different narrators or why the narration is changing. The text just suddenly veers or lurches to a different narrator and there seems little logical reason given to the reader as to why this is occurring. It makes it difficult to follow. This is a shame because there is so much wonderful writing in this book. There are brilliant ideas and observations that can only be teased out through a careful and concerted reading of the clumsy production. The work of Joseph Campbell needs to be made more accessible and more widely known. This text may have begun with a sincere effort to achieve this aim, but it has failed because of generally hackneyed production values.

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Mostly froth and bubble

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

Reviewed: 27-09-2018

Like most self help books, this text has a couple of good ideas plumped up with a self-lovingly narcissistic travelogue of the author's memories about himself and general rants. chapter one was imaginative, although the use of the swear word was to create shock value rather than having any real value. Chapter two was woeful and although it got better throughout the rest of the text, nothing particularly noteworthy was added to the main treatise. Should you buy this book? Well... it is really well narrated. But you need grist for the mill. My suggestion? It's not worth the money.

gooder thinkbook

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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: 22-07-2018

brilliantly narrated. one of the most important books in engsoc history. i highly recommend for all readers

A Baby Boomer Orientated, Gothic-Inspired Horror

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

Reviewed: 13-06-2018

If you like a gripping horror story with a truly awful villain, you will enjoy this book. Lesley Pearce has written a compelling novel with an interesting assembly of characters. While none of these are totally convincing, there is an undeniable quality of realism running through the novel that helps to transcend the sometimes gainly plot. The author, and probably the publisher, have conciously chosen to dwell on the taboo, selecting a number of themes such as peodophilia and survivor guilt as a means to pique the jaded interests of their readership. There is a sense of moral outrage that undergirding this novel and it is a compelling element of the narrative. There also seems to be a deliberate attempt to shine a light on the unspoken realities of victims of peodophilia and child slavery. This almost seems like attending a lecture at times. There are a few plot holes and some scenes are so unrealistic that they detract from the story. in particular, the way the boy bounces back from his awful experiences and is almost immediately chipper and articulate is hard to accept and seems like the heavy hand of an editor has been allowed to hack away at parts of the text that dwelled upon the child's recovery. perhaps the novel should have ended when the police arrived at the shack and found it 'empty'. instead we have a contracted attempt at resolution which is very middle-of-the-road and not handled as adroitly as the rest of the novel. However these criticisms are more directed at the heavy hand on the editorial tiller, which was not as deft as it should have been, and not at the story or the quality of writing itself. I have to admit that the characters were hard to forget and that the story was hard to forget. There were times when the story was impossible to put down. And of course the narration, by Rosie Jones, was perfect, blemish-free and really strengthened the weaker points in the story. Overall I would definately recommend this book if you are into this genre of writing.