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M. O'Brien

united states
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A laborious read

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2019



Whilst it wasn't hard to read it was a bit laborious. I actually enjoyed the no name conventions the author employed and thought it was quite clever, but overall it was very slow going and jumped aorund quite a bit. I found it interesting from a historical perspective, set in Northern Ireland during the "troubles" and just recognsing the fear, the suspicion and distrust (even of hosiptals) that invades a persons psyche. I began thinking about it through generations (for the Irish a distrust of authority, in Australian Hostory the distrust of the Police is one example, or even in currrent times our local Jewsih schools and public places all have armed security guards as years after the war the distrust and fear is still strong and has become a way of life) The fact that noone would use a telephone withough checking for bugs first...what an awful way to live. So I supose I was moreinterested in the books Irishness and to see how I'd find a book where no place, or person, is ever named.




A documentary on the Black Saturday bushfires

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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: 25-08-2019

As an audiobook this book was more like a documentary than a thriller. It was thoroughly researched, investigative & written in a way that gave you insight & an understanding into the man, the arsonist, behind the fires that raged that day in the Churchill area of Victoria. It's was a great read and perhaps more meaningful having lived through that horrendous day and the weeks that followed as the horrific stories & number of deaths emerged.

An inspiring & engaging bio

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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: 11-08-2019

A moving biography of a child's survival in an isolated & deranged world full of emotional & physical abuse as well as mental illness. The fact that Tara didn't attend school in all of her formative years but ended up at Cambridge & Harvard is an amazing testament to the resilience of the human spirit & her tenacity & drive. it's the perfect book for a wholesome book club discussion.

A beautiful book of abandonment, love & murder

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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: 19-07-2019

This was a book I couldn't put down once I started. Beautifully descriptive it was a story, whilst filled with tragedy, highlighted the power of friendship and the importance of connectedness to community. I loved the character of Kya, wild, intelligent & full of resilience, grit & determination.

Unexpectedly enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 06-06-2019

I didn't think Jane Harper could pull off another psychological thriller to match The Dry but I must admit I ended up really enjoying this one too.

Great series

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

Reviewed: 15-05-2019

I love the description of the Australian bush in this series. Another great story and the narration is a perfect march for the character of Falk.

A whole lot of nothing

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2019

Perhaps I missed the whole point of this book, I ever revisited it to see if I'd missed the last half as it seemed to just end, suddenly, and just as we were getting to know the characters. Can't believe it's been getting such good reviews as I don't think I've come across a book less memorable.

A moving book full of life lessons

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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: 30-03-2019

What a great guide to life, death & dying but more importantly how to best support those who are suffering. A must read for anyone who doesn't know how, or is scared, of supporting someone suffering trauma & grief.

What an amazing woman!

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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: 25-03-2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So many lessons in this book for everyone no matter your sex, race or creed. Michelle is an articulate intelligent woman with both IQ and EQ who would have made a great President herself. As they say, "behind every great man is an even greater woman!"

Struggled to finish

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

Whilst I thought many times to give up I remained hopeful that it would deliver in the end all because I loved The Book Thief, so I stuck it out. It was way too long, used too many metaphors and I would have loved it to start almost at the building of the bridge as there was too much background provided and I remained bored and so disengaged that it was a relief to finish. The highlight was the audio by Markus particularly at the very end when you can sense his emotion and it was at that point I I first felt any kind of connection to the story.

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