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Paul Rowan

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Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 09-11-2020

Not what I expected, yet interested enough to keep my attention. Themes of racism and sexism encourage intraspection, while the sad story of a family torn apart by their own blind hopes unravels. If you're looking for a mystery or something to keep you guessing, this isn't it. If you're after something touching and not afraid to look at the darker parts of society, this book is a good place to start. A lot of reviews seem to criticise Campbell's narration. In my view, she did an admirable job at telling such a sorrowful story, and I didn't find that her performance detracted at all from the experience. Although, I do listen to books at a somewhat faster play-speed (1.2 in this case).

A must read for all Australians

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-2020

This collection of fantastic Australian stories is sure to entertain and delight listeners the world over. Written with wry wit and attention to detail, Haynes brings history to theatrical life.

Would not recommend

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-2020

No point in reading. Nothing to be learned. Time would be better spent doing anything else.

Fun predictability and riddled with cliche

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

Reviewed: 20-10-2020

Why do such big, global scale events keep happening in a sleepy backwater village? This yarn was a lot of fun, and I look forward to continuing the series.

Patience is rewarded

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2020

A story that develops like a garden. Slow at first, with little signs of life and a lot of open space, but growing unobserved as seeds are planted before suddenly booming into vibrance and colour. A little tedious to begin, but certainly worth the read.

Far exceeded my expectations

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-2020

How to surmise this book. Hmn... Imagine, if you will, that Tywin Lannister and Kratos, self imposed God of war, had a wild, drunken night together. 9 months later they adopted out the illegitimate child of that union to President Coriolanus Snow who taught it all he knew of politics and warfare, and let it play an awful lot of Sins Of A Solar Empire on weekends. I think that paints the picture I'm looking for.

Enjoyed every minute

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

Reviewed: 20-08-2020

A mystery that hands you the instructions to solve it at the beginning and knows you'll forget all about it.

I hope this is the 1st of many new HG novels

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-2020

Readers of this review should note that I give stars like the Capital gives freedom. Also, despite having read all the Hunger Games novels, I did not realise I was actually a fan of the series until I started this book. I hope that this is merely the first of many novels that Collins writes to expand her dystopian universe. Well written and enticing to listen to, the story fleshes out the development of the Hunger Games and makes it seem almost natural that a society would end up watching kids fight to the death for entertainment. Along the way, we are given plenty of references to major tropes in the original series which make me want to go back and listen to them all again. That said, the ending felt hurried, as if Collins realised she was on a deadline and her characters were not doing what she needed them to do. Thus, she decided to step in and remind them all where they were meant to be at the last minute. For this, and only this, I withheld a star. I take greater issue with the narration. Fontana effectively conveys the narrative, and its obvious that he is a skilled reader and a lover of good stories, and yet, I felt he was predominantly dry. He also applies emphasis to words and phrases that I personally felt missed the contextual mark. I would have been happy awarding another star, if not for the strange, temporary and frequent lapses in audio quality, which take over for a sentence or two on numerous occasions. It seems clear to my mind that the production needed a bouquet of retakes after the sound editors had already been paid, and decided to leave a vacuum cleaner running in the next room when they recorded them. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and feel it was a credit well spent.

Love Fry's mythology

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-2020

While I don't feel that this is Fry's best narration, I do believe today he is a master of story telling. I loved every second of this follow up to Mythos, and await the release of Troy with simmering excitement.

A world of music, emotion, and so many sparkles

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-2020

Not my usual cup of tea, but listened to it for something different. I am not normally a fan of the diary style narrative, and yet, I found I enjoyed the listen a lot more than expected. The characters are each unique and well rounded, the plot manages to keep from growing stale, and the author's passion for music and poetry bleed through the story without drowning the reader. Bignell effortlessly shares her delight, her love, her sorrow, and her humour in bringing the cast to life. Several points had me chuckling, and the ending saw me shed a few tears. Well worth the read.

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