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Cathy Dobson's reading is AWFUL.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-2020

Love the stories but my god Cathy Dobson's performance is grating. She adds a bizarre inflection/emphasis to the end of every sentence. It's enough to drive you mad while you're listening! How did they ever approve this reading?! It's a real shame because the stories are wonderful pieces of fiction.

A perfect reading of an excellent story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-2018

There's something very magnetic about this story. An illicit love affair seen through the eyes of a boy who understands things through his boyish code of morals. The descriptions of events, which take place over a few weeks in a grand house one hot summer, are very easy to slip into. The story is both shocking and beautiful. Highly recommend.

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Very boring. Read The Secret History instead.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-2018

Donna Tartt needed to be put on a severe adjective budget with this novel. What could have been a wonderful book feels like wading through semi-set concrete. It is SO slow and pointless, weighed down with way too much useless description. The reading is wonderful if you do choose to listen to this book, but I would highly recommend reading The Secret History which is excellent, or The Goldfinch which is very good, over this overly long, dull story. What a shame her editor didn't push her to cut this back a little and turn it into something worthwhile!

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Excellent audio book!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-2018

Absolutely loved this. The story is fantastic and the audio reading was fantastic too! If you haven't read any Wilkie Collins, start with this story! A perfect sensation novel - gripping from beginning to end.

Great reading, okay story

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2018

The voice narrator was excellent, especially handling so many accents. The story is uneven - one half of it is great, excellent characterisation, gripping plot, but the second half of the story involving a famous dancer and social enterprise in Africa was dull and the characters felt half-fleshed. It would have been a better book without that plot line!