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avoid the audio version

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

Reviewed: 11-11-2018

Sadly my experience of this book was ruined by the horrendous quality of this recording. The narrator was not my favourite, but couldn't be faulted in his performance - that was not the issue. The production and the glaringly obvious splicing was unbelievable. It is evident that chapters, pages, paragraphs, even sentences were not read in one sitting. At one point towards the end, every time the narrator said "Lale" it was spliced in. WHAT ON EARTH is going on? How could this happen in such a highly anticipated and reviewed book, arguably one of the most read and talked about this year? Quite disappointing.

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Don't bother

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

plot

Would you ever listen to anything by Ruth Ware again?

Yes, I enjoyed and would recommend her previous two books

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Yes - her amazing narration is the whole reason I chose to listen to this book

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Imogen church

Any additional comments?

Eugh - very disappointing. I found Ruth Ware's last two books a tad far-fetched but still enjoyable, but even the amazing narration of Imogen Church couldn't save this one. I've never come across a book that is both (a) so far-fetched and yet somehow (b) so dull. I've actually dropped my rating to 1.5 from 2 after sleeping on it. WAY too dramatic for little action, extremely forced "surprise" ending (!?) - I would barely call it a surprise. The "twist" I'd say felt like a haphazardly tied-up plot line. Don't bother. It's too bad because I was really looking forward to this one!(EDIT: I definitely enjoyed the start, but the momentum and intrigue plateaued significantly about 30% of the way through)

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