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Fun 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: 14-09-2019

Not my usual cup of tea and although it has a great opening it took me a while to settle into this one. Stuck with it and it got better as you learned more about the different characters.

Great tale and narration

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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: 03-09-2019

I had already seen and loved the TV show but this didn’t spoil the story for me. Moss’s reprisal of the role in this form was spot on. Her familiar portrayal of ofred was exceptional and made it very easy to listen to. There are some key differences in the plot from the show but this made me appreciate both forms more. Atwood’s bleak portrayal of a totalitarian regime is filled with suspense and the show is a great update.

Would highly recommend this audio edition for those who have seen and loved the show.

A cosy mystery with a supernatural twist

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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: 06-08-2019

This one kept me guessing all the way to the big reveal.
I really like the way the pieces came together and how the protagonist was able to shift the story and change events.
The writing and the narration made it atmospheric and easy to imagine.

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Great fun and lots of action

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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: 06-08-2019

I really enjoyed this first book and now I'm hooked on the series.
This story had lots of twists. I really liked the supernatural elements.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's performance was outstanding with a seamless array of characters voiced.

Went straight onto book 2!

Unnecessarily long and boring

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2019

This book begins as a high paced thriller that slowly dissolves into an over-descriptive bore fest. It was very disappointing as the plot had massive potential.
I listened to this in the car with my husband on a road trip. The description was so detailed and repetitive we started yelling 'get there already' or 'we get it' which made things more entertaining. The 'science' gets explained three or four times to ensure the reader gets it. Which you do. The first time.
Another review said the plot features the 'world's most boring video game' and they were right. No one would ever play such a game more than once.
I gave it two stars because its flaws were so ridiculous it became entertaining. However, I won't be bothering with the rest of the series.
The narrator was pretty good. Easy to listen to with a good range of voices. Perhaps a saving grace for this novel.
Some people apparently claim that the physical book is better. I won't be trying it.

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Long and drawn out

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2019

I really liked the beginning of the story and the way it was told through different characters like a jigsaw being put together. I don't know if it was the audio format but the way the book is written so that the chapter length is like the cycle of the moon meant some of them were quite drawn out. Things started to pick up a pace towards the end but overall the book felt like a long slog with little payoff. The writer paints a rich and sumptuous picture of the stunning yet treacherous west coast of New Zealand. It would be a great read for anyone who has travelled there or wishes to go. The relationships and interactions between characters made it interesting with many secrets and betrayals at every turn. I think it was the way the main plot promised to come together but then missed the mark that really let it down.

The narrator was good, easy to listen to and he really set an intriguing tone. He did a great range of characters, although his women's voices were amusing. I guess that is a difficult thing to pull off. If it wasn't for the high quality narration I don't think I would have finished the book.

HOT HOT HOT

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

Reviewed: 02-05-2019

I really enjoyed this production. It was a bit more of a podcast style than an audiobook but it was highly engaging. Marc Fennell was a great presenter/narrator and really brought this story to life. The narrative was really interesting as we met some really intense characters with heartbreaking personal experiences who find solace in this chilli head community.

It's an exploration of a subculture I didn't know existed. I am also now annoying people with chilli facts left right and centre :)

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