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David M.

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Reviewed: 26-05-2020

A very enjoyable dystopian novel. Even when read by a John Wayne impersonator.
David M

My first impression was that I would not continue

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Reviewed: 11-03-2020

How wrong I was. An infinitely enjoyable and uplifting look at the inside workings of an autistic persons mind.

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Reviewed: 16-02-2020

Launceston is pronounced Lawnseston, not Lonseston, Yarra is pronounced as it is spelt, not Yahra. I read this book in my youth and enjoyed it then, I enjoyed it again as an audio book, but I cringed whenever the above were pronounced.

The perfect reader for a perfect book.

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Reviewed: 16-01-2020

Although having read the novel many years ago and watched the movie, I still found this to be immensely enjoyable. The real world humanity of Bridget is something that we all have, but hide from everyone but our closest friends.

A nostalgic re-listen

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-01-2020

I first read this book when I was 12 years old. At the time I was filled with the desire to become an explorer, marveling at the wonders of past civilisations. Now at the age of 57 I probably have a more jaundiced and pragmatic view of the world, but this story helped to bring back, albeit briefly, the feeling of wonder and of futures unknown, that is the almost sole domain of childhood.

Disappointing

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Reviewed: 25-12-2019

Although it has moments of good writing and interesting story telling, overall this trilogy was disappointing. The main character and others were contradictory and inconsistent. Add to this the authors trap of ending the novels in the trilogy on a cliffhanger, to ensure, the sceptic in me says, that you continue to listen and the experience isn't positive.

I read this as a boy, but it hasn't dated.

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Reviewed: 28-06-2019

A society under the dominion of unknown beings using enormous metal tripods for transport. The population is kept under control with metal caps that are donned at the age of puberty. Thus the scene is set for a journey undertaken by a boy to reach possible freedom of mind and action.

Very English but oh so good

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Reviewed: 24-06-2019

An end of civilization novel by John Wyndham that raises interesting questions. Are we doomed to repeat the actions of the past? Where does a person's loyalty lie?

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Very dystopian

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Reviewed: 30-07-2018

A well written novel, but I found it depressing. It reminds me of George Orwell.

Not my Cup of tea

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Reviewed: 15-07-2018

I started to listen to this book, based on a website saying that it was a bit like Hitchhikers Guide crossed with a Raymond Chandler novel. It's definitely not. It trots out old clichés and tries to be in the "tough worldly" first person that Chandler novels get off to a T. Its terrible.