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Wow!

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Reviewed: 04-01-2019

Philosophical mind trip wrapped in a dark, post soviet era, school of magic narrative. Wonderful read.

Lyrical melancholic film-noir epic.

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Reviewed: 08-10-2018

Runs at a relentless clip, flicking between harsh shell blast glimpses of horrors in wartorn France, idyllic rememberences of a home to which our protagonist can not return, and an homage to the, often neon lit, alive and gritty late 40s/50s streets of NY, LA and San Francisco and the films made there in those years. Narration was excellent, the writing faultless, heartbreaking, beautiful. A film-noir epic.

Everyone should read/listen to this book.

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Reviewed: 23-08-2017

Everyone should read/listen to this book. It's so important. Heartbreaking and heartwarming. Just read it.

My favourite Cormoran Strike novel thus far

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Reviewed: 24-10-2015

I zoomed through this book. Wonderful narration as usual. Perfectly fitting the character and tone.

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Absolutely wonderful.

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Reviewed: 27-08-2015

Perfect story and matched narration. A great companion for the long weekend I just had.
I will revisit this story again and again. It's a gem.

At best it's a good draft of a novel.

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Reviewed: 27-08-2015

I didn't love it. I am still trying to decide exactly how I feel about it.
The only real emotional depth, in this story, relies on the reader having read To Kill a Mockingbird. To feel Scout's horror and loss, you have to have known what kind of a man Atticus was. Other than that you just have to take it as given. There's very little outlining or development of character.
The claim that to Kill a Mockingbird was written after this book does not feel right to me.
There are some great parts in this story, but it's not what it could have been. And it just makes me wonder what it could have been, it could have been magnificent, whenever it was written.

The Very Definition of a Forever Book!

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Reviewed: 04-08-2015

I love this book. I brought it in hardback too. I dip into it every now and then. or listen to it often. It is always satisfies. A quiet but impassioned thrill. The narration simply could not be more perfect either. This is the pinnacle of audio book as MacFarlane is to literary natural history writing. Speaks to the soul.

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