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Christine Campbell

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So pleased I saw the series first

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-2020

Had watched the series several times before reading the book and loved it. Would have been happy with that as the series was magical and I was more absorbed and emotionally involved each time I watched, but thought I should read the book to see if it enhanced the characters. It does give more depth but in a sad way as it made the characters more flawed and felt quite gloomy. Thankfully I had the series actors faces and voices with me while reading. The narrator picks up Marianne's voice perfectly but Connel sounds like a moron and I struggled with his character because of that. The series had me in tears many times but the book did not move me. Usually I find the book better but not this time, however without the book there'd be no series so I'm grateful for that.

Found the "sense" in

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-2020

I sometimes find Julian Barnes to elaborate too much and for too long. This time though I read the book twice, months apart (fell asleep the first time!) so understood and appreciated it far better for picking it up again, and now saw the 'sense' as being not a perception but a logical reasoning, which in this story of not wanting to let go of the past is essential for all characters in its ending. Don't give up as I did first time round as it will draw you in more as it progresses, with the feeling of a buried unease growing that requires awakening to find understanding. The narrator was fabulous.

Told with a refreshing difference

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-2020

Really enjoyed this book, the plot, and the different style of writing. Loved the short chapters each told in turn by one of the main characters and read by different narrators which skillfully pulls you into the personas, and each ends so you want to quickly follow up with the next person. The chapter titles tell you which person will be talking and the time frame in the 48hours the story covers, so it builds well. All the characters are flawed yet you really want to know what they're thinking or about to do. A clever and original format that kept me on edge to a final satisfying outcome.

I hated every chapter yet I finished it

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-2020

I'm not sure what got me through this harrowing book. Perhaps like the author I couldn't comprehend such a life, but fortunately unlike the author I didn't have to endure it.

Every attempt I fell asleep

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-2020

2 stars is generous. Narration and story line put me to sleep each time I tried.. mussed the ending and can't be bothered rewinding to listen.

Wanted to enjoy but didn't

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-2020

The author/narrator's sweet voice was lovely but I simply could not get into the book. Tried three times and finally skipped through all chapters. It did not cover what I expected it to be about and I found the constant use of the Japanese vocabulary for everything was sadly distracting from the content. Apologies to author.

Captivated from page 1

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2020

The superb narration drew me into the main character so deeply that I would have listened to the book even if the story hadn't captured me completely, which it did. The soft yet complex character's voice was so alive and real I felt I was listening to someone I might know well. Loved the story line, the short precise chapters telling you exactly where you were in time so there was no confusion, and how cleverly the author leads you through the story by using the characters' thoughts and emotions more than their actions. It felt different, more human, than other psycho-thrillers and I read it in two sittings. Definitely reccomend it.

Finishing it was an accomplishment

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-2020

Enjoyed the narration but not enough to stop me dozing off in the middle of the story and the "twist" at the end could be seen early on so it seemed a slow journey to get there. Due to its good ratings persevered but didn't find the thrill.

Good though not great

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-2020

it was interesting enough for me to finish.. I will look some of the incidents and people up. Not being Australian I found the accent quite harsh and the narrator also spoke fast so I had to keep taking the focus off that and on to the topics. As a result the "depth" of the stories were lost which was a shame considering the pain and loss endured by the people interviewed deserved care and understanding.

Interesting critique on her "status"

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-2020

Whilst this critique points out largely that her success was due more to her husband's success than her own this may well still have been a sign of the times with women less praised on their own merits. However a short and interesting appraisal which gave insight into her background other than her own self-perceived and proclaimed artistic view, and limits to her artistic style of work, along with her undoubted lifelong suffering with pain. 7 minutes was enough commentary though enticed me to look into her life again, as we probably should do with anyone artistically or otherwise prominent that we have an interest in,