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Vanessa Young

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Fascinating social history

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Reviewed: 26-11-2020

If you love social history, this a must read/ listen. I have rarely had as much enjoyment from a book of this type and will be buying the author's other works.

73 chapters in search of an editor.

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Reviewed: 21-09-2020

I have heard all 4 previous Cormoran and Robin novels and enjoyed them. I know there is a great deal of controversy surrounding this one, due to the subject and J.K.Rowling's views on trans people, so people are boycotting the book or looking for meaning where there is none but, the fact remains, the book is not very good, when compared to the last 4. The Charlotte sub plot is becoming a little annoying and Strike and Robin continue to think like teenagers where their obvious love is concerned. Two cases are left without resolution and the whole thing could have been whittled down by a third. When hunting for Margot's killer, the suspects get a little tangled because there are so many and the linking of the suspects to TWO forms of astrology is so complex, it takes away from the flow of the story. In a series that has the two main characters in a relationship, one feels there ought to be progress in that relationship as the series continues...regrettably this does not happen here. On the plus side, the reader is truly excellent.

It's Jane Austen

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Reviewed: 30-04-2020

When you buy an audiobook of a Jane Austen novel, you know what you are getting so it all comes down to the reader as to how great your enjoyment is going to be. Juliet Stevenson is the best reader of Jane Austen I have heard. The language can sound stilted or arch with other readers but Juliet sounds very natural.

Another gem from Sarah

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Reviewed: 28-03-2020

I really enjoy Sarah, it is not merely that her voice has a unique sound; she is thought provoking, amusing and has a point of view like no other writer of history.

A cracking read

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Reviewed: 14-02-2020

This is an extremely clever political thriller; the premise of which was both awful and all too believable at the same time. It was well read and moved along at such a pace that there was never a second where it flagged. I have only ever given one other of the over 200 books I have had on Audible five stars, but Bruny is well worth a five star review.

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Chimamanda is a beautiful writer

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Reviewed: 01-02-2020

I purchased Americanah because it was our book club selection and, I am ashamed to say, I had not heard of the author before. This is an important book, full of very large ideas, the writing is flawless and poetic. There is one minor plot point that jarred, but it was not enough to spoil the overall impact of the book which I will not easily forget and I will be reading other works by this author.

Another good mystery from Jill Paton Walsh

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Reviewed: 10-12-2019

This is the third in a series of four and I really enjoy the lead character Imogen Quy, the college nurse/detective, because the stories remind me of the "Golden Age" detective writers like Christie, Sayers and Marsh. These are gentle mysteries with a slow burning fuse, so persist through the first chapters of this one which has a really clever twist near the end. Beautifully read by Suzannah Hampton.

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Quite amusing in parts.

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Reviewed: 21-11-2019

This book only suffers from being a little out date because so much has happened since Siege was published. It is very revealing and unexpectedly laugh out loud in parts. it is well read and moves along at a cracking pace.

Book of the year for 2019 for me.

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Reviewed: 03-11-2019

I bought this book after hearing the author interviewed on local radio and it did not disappoint. There seems to be a plethora of people coming out with stories of parents who betrayed them and/or who lived double lives. My own father did this and I always wanted to know more about his layers of deceit but after hearing Axton's story I have let go of that idea. It is particularly fitting that Axton managed to turn a catastrophic upbringing into a useful field of study. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Book is better than the movie

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Reviewed: 27-10-2019

I did not enjoy the movie, but the book is far better and offers an interesting perspective (whether you agree with it, or not) on why political reporting changed, why Hart was a victim of that change and how politics has adjusted. The book stops at the Obama campaign and , while I did not agree with everything the author said, I would have been interested to hear his views on the Trump campaign.