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Appallingly bad ending! OMG!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-2020

Positives, the craft on the page was good. And it had a very good reader. And for a while the book reminded of the excellent ‘The Reincarnation of Peter Proud’. But the ending? OMG how bad was that?! It totally ruined the book. Do yourself a favour and avoid this, unless you’re a fan of shockingly bad endings that insult your intelligence. In which case, have at it! But don’t say you weren’t warned!

Brilliant narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-2019

Great sequel. Brilliantly read. But narrative needed more of Dara. A lot more. It’s like writing an X-Men novel and Wolverine is only in it every 50 pages. He’s the real lead. Make no mistake. It’s Dara’s story we really care about. When you leave out the best character it waters down the narrative.

Just Brilliant! Totally 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: 09-05-2018

Brilliant premise. Brilliant writing. Brilliant narration. Nothing but praise for this book. Can’t wait. To read the sequel! Top marks all around!

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Excellent reader, excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 24-01-2018

Really enjoyed this one. Great story well told by the writer and brilliantly read. The occasional clunky narrative gear-change aside, it was great from start to finish. Was about to move on straight away to book 2 in the series but didn't as I discovered it has a different reader. Like, WTF? Continuity people, it's not rocket science!

Riffing on King's IT - Not Original But Good

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

Reviewed: 18-12-2017

Any additional comments?

Dan Simmons obviously has a thing for King's sepia coloured view of small-town America in the 1960s. A place where all is good and wholesome and right. At least until the evil rises and bad things happen to good people. If you've read King's IT you'll know where this story is going early on. As in a very real sense, this is an IT 'rip-off'. Which is a good thing and a bad thing, depending on your point of view. I guess what I'm saying is, this isn't the most original thing you're ever going to read. But don't be put off by that. Dan Simmons is a good writer, and the characters in this are well drawn. And I'd have no problem reading another Dan Simmons book somewhere down the line.Dan John Miller's read was solid. Not enough variation on individual character voices, etc for my liking. But again, it was nothing that put me off finishing the audio-book.

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Spectacularly good!

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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: 12-12-2017

Love love love this series! This book, this author, this narrator? 10/10. More sequels please!

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Mammoth undertaking. But truly brilliant.

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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: 24-10-2017

This book, even as an audio book, is a marathon of concentration. And it takes no shortage of commitment to finish it. But the narrative is meaty, the prose exceptional and the spoken word performance so breathtakingly good, that finishing it becomes its own giddy, wonderful reward.

Another great book in this fantastic series!

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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: 29-10-2016

Another great book in this fantastic series! They just keep on getting better and better. Can't wait for the next one!

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Excellent novella.

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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: 28-10-2016

Well worth a listen. Could've easily been a full length novel. Would've happily stayed with it another ten hours or more.

Brilliant.

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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: 25-04-2016

Brilliant 80s gaming inspired fun. Loved it. The book, the reader, all of it! Great find!