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A truly gifted storyteller

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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: 26-04-2018

This book is awesome, not just because of the Great story, but also the raw voiceover by Trevor Noah, the author of this magnificent real-life narrative. Perhaps the greatest thing to come out of this book is how Trevor distinctly shows the perspectives between the races, and how Africa, even after 30 years free of apartheid, is still coming to grips with a new reality. Do yourself a favour, and listen to this book!

Great performance, and very PG

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

Reviewed: 27-02-2018

Wodehouse is an amazing storyteller, and this book continues that proof. Outlandish characters, quirky motives and a spoiling pussycat. If you love PG, you'll enjoy this book

Well written, and well read

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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: 21-01-2018

The one thing I hate about crime thrillers is when there are lose ends or little things that don't add up. This book isn't one of them. The plot takes its time to set up a perfect marriage, a perfect life, with everything happening, and then the moment Aiden comes back into Emma's life - the son she grieved for, the boy she thought was dead - that's when the story really takes off. And it never falters or flutters, it stays on a determined track until the end. I've heard some people say the ending happened too quickly, but it doesn't. Not to me, anyway. every lose end was wrapped up, all the questions were answered, and the ending ended as it should. It wasn't rushed, it was written as a relief. My advice: listen to this book!

It's Michael to a T

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

Reviewed: 03-01-2018

If you feel like laughing out loud in public and people subsequently watching you in morbid fascination, then you must listen to this book.

Without The Monotone Voice

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-2017

I swear, listening to Joel Creasey talk about paint drying would be interesting. It'll probably get sexual, but whatevs.

Bittersweet and Truthful

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

Reviewed: 23-11-2017

Hillary lost, but she's gotten over it. Instead of using her time to throw witty remarks and spread hate (like some people consider this book is), she spent her time elaborating the controllable Strengths and Weaknesses of her campaign, including the mistakes she made, while detailing the uncontrollable Opportunities and Threats she faced - including those God-darn emails! But, despite being laden with all these facts, she manages to keep sprinkles of hope trailing the journey this book undertakes. It could easily be summed up by three quotes: "You try, you fail, you try, you fail... but the only true failure is when you stop trying." - Madame Leota, The Haunted Mansion & "A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it is built for." - Albert Einstein & "Keep going." - Hillary Rodham Clinton

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A Must-Listen Story

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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: 05-11-2017

There's something about this story that seems just perfect. The storyline is told in the right order, the plot involves the perfect amount of characters, and Gail who reads the story has performed a spectacular act - not just through her voice, but through facial expressions which you can easily pick up.

This is the story of Eleanor Oliphant, a 30-year-old with a past that haunts her. A past that even she has successfully suppressed throughout her years.

I'd highly recommend anyone who enjoys a linear storyline filled with puzzle pieces that need collecting.

A gradual captivating story

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

Reviewed: 11-09-2017

The more you read, the less you wish to put it down. The story is written and read quite well, however there were times when I wished it was read differently. The slow calculating voice that runs throughout works wonders in many sections, but loses reality in others. But it's the story itself that gets a five our a five.

Emma Donoghue understands perfectly well about the life of Irish folk in the 19th century. Not just from way of life, but even little details like burning cans and horse and cart riding. The main character, Elizabeth Wright, who is a well-trained nurse, is also a observant and stringent woman. Her personality is captured well.

I do wish, however, that the reader was a little more stringent in her performance.

Perfect reader, Mesmerising read

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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: 28-07-2017

The thing about audio books is they need to have the right reader, or else it's just not worth it. For a popular author like, say, P. G. Wodehouse, who writes in heavy 1930s English prose, you wouldn't have someone with a thick Australian accent attempting to read it; you'd go for a proper Englishman. As for this book, it was read by the right person. A Londoner, where the story resides, and versatile between timid and powerful.

The story itself is filled with twists and turns, bleeding out bit by bit of information. The three main characters, the widow, the detective, and the reporter are so well distinguished that they have their own tone. But by far the most captivating is the widow.

I would heartily recommend this audio book for all. But beware, you may lose sleep over it...

1:46am reads on my clock, all because I wanted to know the ending. HAD to know the ending.

Weird, but in a good way

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

Reviewed: 20-06-2017

Miranda, if anyone has heard her speak, has a very distinct voice, which makes her reading the story all the more enjoyable. It's her, speaking about herself, and half the time speaking to herself (her younger self, to be exact).

She speaks openly about her life in various categories, from health, music, dating to even the wacky world of weddings. All bundled up in a well versed, and quite funny book. And for an added bonus, it even comes with interactive activities.

Miranda has a great knack for grabbing the reader and making them feel at home.

A wonderful, jolly good read