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Narrator was so unappealing

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-2020

I keep trying to finish because the story is interesting but it's nearly ruined by the narration.

Rarely seen this many cliches in one book.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-2020

"Her body was an instrument, and he played her like a master". "He treated sex as an art form rather than a sport". Never heard those before /s. I'm trying to be kind but I'm struggling. The male hero is blue eyed, fifty, with a commanding presence and a European driver called Oleg; the heroine is gawky, charmingly clumsy, and an art student. The author sees sex work as demeaning and inauthentic. Trite moralizing with almost no literary talent or fresh ideas. Pass.

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EXCELLENT

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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: 25-04-2020

Fantastic audio book. R. C. Bray is now my favourite narrator. The characters in this are cool as hell and it had me constantly comimg back for more. Highly recommend.

Strong and kind

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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: 08-11-2019

loved this story told with care and delicacy. a great depiction of a harsh time in Australian history.

A gentle triumph

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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: 08-10-2019

I've read and practised a great deal in this field and I love this work. Echols offers a beautiful, calming, flowing treatise and practice to begin the beginners and complement existing practitioners. Faultless and lovely. A triumph.

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High expectations exceeded

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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: 06-10-2019

I originally thought the subject would be poorly served by a comedic approach but I was wrong. The approach is serious but refuses to dignify the subjects or treat them with anything other than well-researched, distant scorn. Completely worth the investment.

Overwrought and tiring

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-2019

To be honest I found the layers becoming increasingly implausible, and lost the will to suspend disbelief about 2/3 of the way through. Finished out of obligation but unlikely to return to the author.

Worthwhile

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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: 25-09-2019

Clever and well-executed. Enjoyed the performance and the entire story line very much. Good replay value too.

What a find 😁

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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: 23-09-2019

This is the Book of the Year for me. Rarely been so interested and invested in a narrative. Scientific material presented well, terrific real characters, and a solid performance.

Well. It was on sale, so there's that.

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-2019

If you loved Name of the Wind and Joe Abercrombie, prepare to be very disappointed here. Opening scene is statutory rape a la Proust. Endless footnotes. Utterly unlikable lead. Pass.

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