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Nola J Pearce

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I hoped for more work stories than biography...

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

Reviewed: 31-12-2019

This was a good read - interesting, beautiful written and per everly performed by a wonderful Australian narrator. I felt exhausted at times with the level of biographical detail - no doubt my own fault for not reading the blurb correctly - as I don’t generally go for biographical writing. Also I’m left with some unresolved and no doubt highly un-PC feelings about how it is that we applaud in men who are transitioning the very actions we despise in cis men (particularly, lying, cheating, disappearing night after night (without explanation or care for the poor mother) to go to bars, abandoning a wife and kids with the mortgage and payments on the car he took with him!!, all because he was unhappy). I am glad the book has prompted me to think about this and I will endeavour to learn more to reach some understanding. Really a great Australian book.

Should be compulsory reading for young men

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

Reviewed: 26-12-2019

...to appreciate, when viewed through an historical lens, the level of casual and systemic misogyny that our society has inflicted for so long that it still can be difficult to identify and root out. Wonderful characters but the ending fell a little flat for mine. Well written and narrated.

Don’t bother. Convoluted and contrived.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-2019

This was painful to get through, and my hopes of it being worthwhile in the end weren’t realised. It meanders on through a ridiculous plot which ultimately is not explained at all, and features what seems presently to be the usual plot devices of hysterical women and abuse recollections. Too much is revealed in a rush at the end, but still no real explanation of the whole basis of the story. I still don’t know what if anything is supposed to have happened in the final line of the book. Don’t bother.

Almost hits the mark

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

Reviewed: 02-03-2019

I enjoyed this book and was avidly moving through it enjoying the story and looking to find the ending. But I felt the author almost tried to be a bit too clever and I’m still not really sure i fully grasped or believed the ending. Also I found the part of the story that focuses on the narrator’s own tale to be forced and unnecessary. It didn’t help that the audio production wasn’t great - cutting in at odd places made it clear where recordings had stopped and started overall a good story.

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Wow. I love this book. Something really special.

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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: 02-03-2019

Thank you Bridget Collins for this incredible novel. What seems a simple tale gathers depth and momentum as the story continues...in the end you’ll be willing the narrator to tell you more, and more quickly because you can’t stand not knowing. A beautiful and relatively simple magical vein runs through the tale - but it is an original one which makes for a fantastic story. I love this book.

12 people found this helpful

Brilliant. Wonderfully written and narrated.

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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: 06-02-2019

I loved this book. Truly beautiful writing (overlooking the incessant need to end sentences...and indeed the story itself! with a preposition), with engaging original characters. I loved the narration, in beautifully spoken English with wonderful character voices, almost always proceeding at a riverly pace.

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ABRIDGED! Half the book is missing...

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2018

This was soooo disappointing. This is an abridged version and omits a number of really powerful scenes (I’ve read the hard copy enough times to know when something is missing!). And the narrator has a horrid high voice that means that in order to vary it between characters, Anne has to be a high pitched idiotic sounding fluff head...the very opposite of the story’s message. Waste of money.

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Appalling. Don't bother.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-2017

Hideous. A whining middle aged woman with no apparent interest in the sheer joy of hiking but fixated instead on achieving a FKT (fastest known time) for her age group. On the phone to her husband at the first sign of difficulty, and with her obsession with speed eliminating any of the usual fun of through hiking - dad and the kids are all hauled in to load the car with food and drive her to motels each night. I returned it. Dismal.

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If you love the English language, read this.

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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: 07-09-2017

I loved this book. A brilliant story, beautifully written (hence a worthy winner of the. Poker prize 2013), with so many delicious turns of very British phrase that i wanted to write them all down and adopt them one by one. A spectacular narrator really made the experience perfect.

Don't give up!

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

Reviewed: 25-05-2017

Starts off very annoying and random, like pretentious post-university exam discussions at the pub...but it comes good in the end and is both clever and hilarious.