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Another great book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-2020

Thanks again Cara Hunter for another terrific read, I really enjoyed this one. Lee Ingleby, one of my favourite actors and narrators and Emma Cuniffe - with one reservation. As is my way may I gently remind Emma Cuniffe to please be more careful with her pronunciation. While I generally enjoy her reading it is annoying to hear an otherwise professional narration somewhat ruined by her habit of awarding words ending ......thing with a K as the last letter instead of a G! Please, please do not read somethink, anythink, nothink, everythink Emma Cuniffe, it's something, anything, nothing, everything etc etc etc..... Thank heavens for small mercies, you don't replace the 'th' in the middle of the words with an 'f' to ruin the reading altogether.

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-2020

This ageing Aussie devoured this book with great relish, laughter, tears, disbelief and absolute wonder. Oh Eli ........ part of me hopes it was a true story and good conquers evil, the other half of me doesn't want to believe this tale of a young boys journey into manhood. No child should be living that life. However, I just loved it and even more so picking my way through favourite chapters again and again. You have been my morning wake up, my afternoon companion and my last read before lights out. I wait with bated breath for the next one. Thank you Trent Dalton for this treasure, sure to become a classic and required reading in the senior high school curriculum. You are an Aussie to be proud of.

JOY! I wish I could give more stars for this one!

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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: 26-09-2020

At last, a book l could not put down, but for the need of sleep. Praise for the author and her mesmerising tale and bouquets and more for the narrator, the wonderful and talented Jenny Agutter whose career l have followed since "The Railway Children" when she was a child, as was l. I have made comment several times when reviewing a book that the best narrators are actors and so it is with this book. I devoured and loved every word of this twisting, turning tale of twins and the ties that bind them. Jenny's empathetic reading of this sometimes emotional story was a joy and the work of a true professional! If you read one book this crazy year of 2020 let it be this one! You won't regret it.

Great read - with reservations.

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2020

Loved this book, as l have all of Dervla McTiernan's offerings to date. My only reservation is Aoife McMahon's attempt at an Australian accent. It failed miserably and l got to dread those passages that included Maude Blake. It seemed to be a mix of Irish, Kiwi and American, very messy. Otherwise a really good, absorbing tale, so much so l spent a whole day listening as l did a few chores. Thank goodness for the portability of an iPad!

Almost incredible ....

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Reviewed: 19-08-2020

If l didn't know the damage being done to our planet l would have had a hard time believing what someCalifornians are doing to their little bit of it. Thank you to the wonderful Marc Fennell for this illuminating podcast which turned out to be so much more than l expected. I was fascinated and entertained, but left to wonder how long it will be before one little part of California disappears before our very eyes! More please Marc!

Pronunciation!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-2020

I loved this book, an absorbing, sympathetic tale spanning several decades in the life of a Russian aristocrat after the revolution and ensuing communism. Yet again though, I am critical of the narrator's pronunciation of many, many common English words and most of the French ones too. It could have spoiled the whole book for me had l not closed my ears to his appalling pronunciations and concentrated on the tale. eg; how long has demure been pronounced demur?? I imagine the producers of audio books have some choice of narrator? Why are the applicants not vetted on whether they actually understand the words they're reading, whether they know how to pronounce the words they're reading and in particular, have some knowledge of how to pronounce the foreign words, of which there were many in this lovely book. To continue to have problems in the pronunciation department does the author a grave disservice and this client purchasing the book, a loss of confidence that anything might change in the foreseeable future. That said, when l note the name of an actor as narrator on any given book, l can almost be totally assured that the professionalism, comprehension, narration, and PRONUNCIATION will be, almost without exception, faultless. However, don't be put off this book, it is a worthwhile listen any day of the week!

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Cripes!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-2020

Like all romantics l was hoping for "happy ever after" for these two young people making their way, sometimes flounderingly, through life. It was not to be. Will there be a sequel? Will Connell and Maryann continue to make us keep wanting to hear the next page ..... and the next? I think l hope so.

Vaguely disappointing ...

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-03-2020

Not that well narrated l'm afraid. I found Armitage's reading rushed and without much light and shade. The tale itself was interesting and although l'd guessed the villain's identity part way through, l persevered to the end feeling somewhat let down and disappointed. Would l buy this book again? NO.

New to writing or just poor advice from his editor?

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-03-2020

While the premise and/or promise of the story was good, the end result was not. A pretty amateurish effort is my opinion and while l persisted to the end l wouldn't buy any more of his books. Didn't really enjoy the narration either just to put the icing on the cake, or not perhaps.

Illuminating!

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Reviewed: 13-02-2020

Well worth listening to this place l knew little, if anything about. I enjoyed it, but it has not encouraged me to investigate the dark web, l'm having enough fun with the "light" one!