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Insufferable!

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

Reviewed: 26-11-2019

I'll admit I only made it just past halfway - and that was because I don't like to give up. Misogynist in it's characterisations, elitist in it's social understanding, dull in it's narrative. Without the repetition, local historical society trivia, endless explanation of racing for beginners and other needless filler, this could have been a short crime story and possibly even entertaining. It wasn't. I'm sure the narrator is a decent person but he managed to make it all sound a little like an afternoon with the headmaster in didactic mode. The only thing I can say is that more of the characters should have died a lot earlier!

Don't bother.

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

Reviewed: 25-10-2019

I tried this twice because I had been entertained by another if the authors books....but... this is puerile rubbish. Don't bother, there are so many better books out there.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sadly disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-2019

Started so well then petered out into a dull and predictable romance. I couldn't bring myself to endure the second seven hours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Drivel.

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

Reviewed: 31-05-2019

Perfect for slightly rebellious 13 year olds. If they're not particularly discerning. For anyone else, a lesson in his not to do it.

They've done it again.......!

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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: 11-05-2019

It's been too long (not that time matters of course) but it's been worth the wait. Everything we have come to expect and hope for - and then some. Just wonderful.

Just poor writing.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-2017

I wasn't expecting brilliance but this title really disappointed. The story is infantile, repetitive and - even for SF/Fantasy - illogical. Feeling something for the characters is necessary for empathy but the two main characters in Extracted are foul-mouthed sociopaths. Yes, I know people can and do swear a lot but it's boring after about eight minutes. Sadly, this book is much longer than that. In the hands of a better writer the concept might have had legs but the mysterious Haywood might be hiding for a reason I think. The vocal performance is professional and clever but even the narrator seems to get trapped in the rhythmic dullness of the story and characters.
Avoid!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Degas!

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

Reviewed: 29-01-2016

A fast-paced, slight but enjoyable book made wonderful by Rupert Degas. This man is the most extraordinary reader. More of this - and more of the Ketty Jay!

Stumbled, Tumbled...but no Grumbles.

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

Reviewed: 17-05-2015

I stumbled on this after a conversation with very literate English Lit teacher who appreciates Josh Whedon a little more than life itself. He mentioned the 'Firefly" similarity and that almost put me off. I LOVE Firefly and I'm not into imitations. They so often tend towards flattery and lose all sense of story.
Then I started to read and tumbled head-over-heels into a world that made me laugh, gasp and cheer. This is the real Steam-punk, heartless-romantic, full-throttle fun I've been looking for. And Mr Wooding can write both characters and dialogue.
If you like an anti-hero with a heart of gilt, then Captain Frey is your man. Irresistible to women, relationally caustic, self-interested to a fault, he leads the most unlikely of cobbled together crews on a journey into grudgingly heroic community.
Thank the Allsoul that there are more books in the series. C'mon audible - record them!
And as for Rupert Degas.....what is there to say other than "BRILLIANT"!
Encore.