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Penelope Hood

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Well plotted classic English police detective yarn

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

Reviewed: 07-11-2020

It kept me company as background listening whilst sewing a Halloween costume. Plot easy to follow. Characters fairly stereotypical but sufficient to keep the action interesting. The narrator's amazing ability to apply voice and accent to separate each character is the backbone of this production.

Scalplesque presicion writing

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

Reviewed: 22-08-2020

Wonderfully economic use of language locates this tale in Glasgow simply by its vocabulary, imagery and tone. The talented actor amplifies the authors words with his accent and vocal rendition of a wide array of characters. Descriptions of senses and feelings invoke the plot circumstance in the fewest words possible. The description of a migraine attack on its victim is perfect.

Thoroughly engrossing memoir

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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: 08-06-2020

I binged this book. Having MO reading her own words added to the listening experience. Simple and straight forward with powerful underlying themes of faith and belief. Fascinating anecdotes illustrate well made points. I am so impressed with this human.

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 26-01-2020

Highly informative. It has increased my knowledge and awareness of the gut 10 fold.

a pot boiler

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

Reviewed: 20-01-2020

Well written yarn made it is easy to listen without wincing at ugly constructions. The story flowed readily. Characters were believable. Clearly, the writer knew the subject well. I liked that the plot unfolded from several perspectives. Bottom line - I was not engaged with the outcome. Listening was past time only. My imagination was not fired.

Amazing Guy

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-2019

He makes it all sound simple. just hard work and luck. He could add 'talent'. A great story. I'd read his first bio but not the second cos I thought he'd have nothing of substance to add. This time around he has delivered an entertaining read once again. Perhaps, I should backtrack read the second bio. Spoiler alert - he does NOT like Norman Wisdom.

Happy thoughts on mortality....

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

Reviewed: 04-04-2019

Confronting issue for us all. Put into focus without gloom. Much of the content is not new. I've thought about lots of its points already. The strength is in the logic, simplicity and written pace which makes it a quick page turning read generating mental nods of agreement as I work my way through it. The narrative voice (and the superb reader) is as gentle as the title predicts. The writer's personal anecdotes underscore but do not labour her message. Strange to say. I found this book charming. I began reading with the intent to gain discussions points to help me influence my very aged mother in getting her act together. Completely unexpectedly, I've realised that it is ME who must get my act together!

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