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Brilliant Character Writing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-2020

I loved this book! I've never read Marian Keyes before. This book jumped out at me on Audible and I loved her voice. Fantastic inclusion of a huge varity of life issues and traumas from eating disorders and control freaks to affairs and self-employment, washed up sporting personalities and following ones dreams. So much more. There are so many characters, each so brilliantly portrayed. It's been a long time since I read a book and related so closely to multiple characters. Each time I tuned in to Audible to continue the story, I felt I had a vivid picture as if watching a TV series. Definitely reading more from this author.

Eye-Opening and Thought Provoking

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-2019

A really well written glance into Australia's multicultural society of the 1980s and 1990s. Maybe I was just lucky in my upbringing and in the environment my parents brought me up in, but I just don't recall that time period being quite as harsh as portrayed in Clarke's writing. But, to be fair, I am a white (first generation) Australian of Scottish descent, so I obviously (in my bubble of youth) just didn't notice. I am not saying that the behaviour described didn't, or would not have happened (I'm not that naive). But I will say, looking back on my childhood and looking at the world today, I'm eternally grateful for my parents of that era. For I seem to have ventured through childhood (and most of my adult hood) not even noticing the colour of ones skin, the choice of ones deity, or even ones sexual preference. I guess I was one of the lucky few of the time, who grew up believing that people are just people, regardless of how they are packaged. While I'm not naive enough to believe that this behavior no longer happens, Clarke's writing has reignited in me, a more aware and observant approach to my own community. Beautifully narrated by Zahra Newman

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Beautifully narrated!

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-2019

After struggling initially to get into it, I fast became engrossed. This book was issued for my monthly bookclub. I decided to spend the month listening in the car whenever I needed to go further than 5 mins. Thanks to the fantastic performance by the narrator, I very quickly became quite engrossed. Written in a style (of letters) that I've previously found awkward to follow, this was written beautifully. A lovely combination of education regarding the time, literature and general relationship dynamics.

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Just WoW!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 20-04-2019

I absolutely loved hearing Sarah Wilson's journey. As someone who has suffered a generalised anxiety disorder and bouts of OCD for most of my life, I really related to a great deal of what Sarah speaks about in her book. Being of a similar age, I could easily understand and follow most of the sentiments and journey details. I am often asked how I manage to be such an organised, practical and calming person. How can I be such an optimistic realist after the many traumas that have formed my life? Well, now I am able to tell these questioners, "Read Sarah Wilson's book!! It explains it all". :) It explains the coping mechanisms that I've intuitively taught myself over my years. It details the periods in my life that I have "cried for days over the bigness of it all". I listened to the audio version of this book while tapping away at my keyboard, trying to build my online business. Every so often, my fingers would freeze, poised over the keyboard while I stopped in my tracks, giving Sarah's voice my complete attention. If you want to know that your anxiety is normal, if you want to be able to relate and feel that you are understood, then this is a must read.

Fabulously Refreshing and Reconnective

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-2019

Fabulous refreshing book. Ingrid has a lovely, easily absorbed voice. Her descriptions of joy are awe inspiring. I was needing something that I could listen to while I worked. Something to assist me in reconnecting to my peaceful inner self. Great listen/read.

Not the same as the hard copy

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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: 25-03-2019

Did not enjoy this book. Didn't like the pausing and narrating. I especially didn't like the fact that it was different to the hard copy. A friend was reading a hard copy at the same time and we noted that thr majority of stories were quite different and things were skipped in the audio version.