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Simply 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: 30-10-2020

If you're reading this review while deliberating over this audiobook, stop now and find out for yourself how awesome it is to just indulge in the sound of Mr McC's voice, to lose yourself in his entertaining turn of phrase, his amusing anecdotes about family and travel and falling in love. This isn't an actor's autobiography, it's a treasure trove of life observations, laugh-out-loud stories, and gentle pearls of wisdom delivered by an exceptionally talented, intelligent and genuine human being... who just happens to be a gifted actor and helluva hunk!!

Not the polished writing we've come to expect

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

Reviewed: 30-06-2020

I've been madly reading / listening to everything by JB Turner this past month since happening upon the first Reznik book. This series has been a struggle compared to the more human/2-dimensional Reznik thrillers, but I liked the premise this book offered with Stone showing some relatable vulnerability at long last. Then along came the foul mouthed actress, given roughly 4 lines of dialogue which she repeated over and over and over and over until I was literally screaming at the assassin to go back to his 1-dimensional purpose and just shoot her as she feared he would! Yeeeessh! Apart from the character issues, the story felt a bit done-on-the-fly, again nothing like the Reznik books I'd happily compare to Baldacci's well-plotted Camel Club series. A bit of a disappointment, but I'd still grab up the next book by this author - confident this was just an anomaly!

Great development of characters and 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: 09-06-2020

I enjoyed the first book in this series, but in my opinion this book elevates Barry Eisler from a writer "telling" an interesting story to a more skilled author capable of immersing his readers into the lives of his characters with well timed injections of humour and pathos. I also loved the author's narration of his work - if I could make one negative observation it would be that the timbre of his voice in what I think of as his more laconic mode doesn't maintain clarity when increasing the volume of the audiobook. This is only a minor detraction in what is otherwise a 5 star listen.

Superb 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: 02-06-2020

Grittier than Grisham, paced like a Patterson, with characters and settings that stay with you - vivid and engrossing - long after the last page, this book and the entire series it concludes is a must-read. Not just for readers of legal thrillers, or thrillers/ mysteries of any sub category. I can't think of many people who wouldn't enjoy this (and the narrator made it an addictive listen to boot!)

An awesome book, a sensational audiobook

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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: 25-05-2020

Mariana Zapata just gets better and better with every book she delivers, but hats off to Calum Gittins and Callie Dalton for giving 2 of my all time favorite characters an extra dimension through their fabulous narration. Sweet (8-and-a- half-pound) baby Jesus... Grandpa the vampire... so much to laugh about, so much to squeeze tears straight from the heart. 8 stars out of 5. Easy.

Just fabulous

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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: 18-02-2020

In this treasure of a book, Mhairi McFarlane weaves together the emotional and social journeys of two delightful protagonists, along with secondary characters who bring to mind some of Hugh Grant's hilarious and heartwarming friends from Notting Hill. The narrator was brilliant, the pace of the story perfect. I can't believe it's taken me so long to find this author!

Simply 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: 17-11-2019

Great story, totally lovable characters, lots of laughs (even while sensitively tackling some heavier issues), and fantastic narration

Grating accents but great book

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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: 11-11-2019

I hate criticising narrators - I've always appreciated how daunting it must be to have the responsibility for bringing an author's words to life in an audio book. I have to be honest, however: many interpretations of British (& Aussie) accents are so exaggerated and annoying that I give up and turn to a different Audible title before even finishing the first chapter... and this was unfortunately looking like one such book, but the story was strong enough to keep me interested (even if I did spend a lot of the time cringing while I listened to it!). I really like Leslie Wolfe's writing and will definitely read her other books. I just won't be rushing into any more audio books with lead characters who sound so stilted and emotionless.

Splendid!!!

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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: 31-10-2019

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this audiobook (yes, I do live under a rock, as possibly the only person in Australia who didn't know about The Rosie Project!), but I've just finished the whole thing in a day... so I'd say that proves what a wonderful surprise it turned out to be! The characterisation of Don developed through his narrative was truly masterful, and I loved all the nuances that define this as an Aussie story through and through. A definite 5 star read/listen!

Heavy on action, but light on likeability

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

Reviewed: 17-09-2019

I was really hoping I'd love this book, but - even with a last-minute hint of humanity in his quasi relationship with Rebecca - Victor's character was never developed into more than a 2D anti-hero in my opinion. In a story loaded with so many baddies, this meant there was basically nobody left to like by the time the hapless broker was dispatched by the (other) assassin. Shame. Narration was good and the story's premise was great. I just needed a character with whom I could feel some sort of empathy