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Karen Campbell

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Just okay

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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: 02-11-2020

This one was a struggle for me. I wanted to like it but ultimately I found it dreary and predictable. I had just finished 'Mrs Benson's Beetle' which was exciting and heartwarming. This novel is different and shouldn't be compared just because the subject matter is similar. I may come back to try again after a break. The narrator is normally someone I like to listen to but she struggles with accents. I think this book would have been better with two narrators. Someone British for the past and Caroline Lee for the present.

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 11-05-2020

I am a fan of Menna Van Praag and I enjoy her whimsical style and sympathetic characters. This one, however, was a bit lacking. The storyline was tedious in places and two of the characters, Viola and Hugo, were very difficult to like. The relationships were clunky and tortuous and it just never got into the easy flow of her other novels. It was a struggle to finish.

Too sad for me

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

Reviewed: 05-05-2020

Laura Jean Mckay is a talented writer, who is able to narrate her story very well. Her dialogue and character portrayal is very evocative and I felt as though I could almost remember the park, it was so well created. However, the characters and the animals were distressed and distressing. The main character is a pathetic figure, struggling with alcoholism and loss of relevancy. All of the other characters are similarly sad and mean spirited, with the exception of Kimberly, the granddaughter. I wanted to persevere out of respect for the author but it was just too sad and became even sadder when the animals could be understood.

An unexpected pleasure

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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: 04-05-2020

I started this book thinking it was going to be a standard good vs evil battle. While it did have those elements, it was so much more. Intriguing and suprising, it was a very satisfying read/listen. Narration was good, well paced and clear.

So dissapointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-2020

This book started off quite well and looked like it was going to be intriguing. I got half way before I let go of the hope that the book would fulfill its promise. The opening premise just leads to a standard, cliche ridden story with undeveloped characters and the usual tragedy tropes. The book is supposed to be set five years in the future and maybe it is such a short time so that possible future developments don't have to be addressed. So, all the fun of thinking about possible future changes is completely absent. I don't know why it got such good reviews, maybe the best part is in the second half but I am afraid it was not worth the effort of pushing through the tedium to find out.

I really wanted to like it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-2020

Well written and well narrated. The problem I had with it is that there were too many points of view. I stopped after the third person from the the third future time was introduced. Major plot lines were being developed about the creation of time travel but it jumped around too much to keep it clear. I would get involved in one sectiom and then the next section would be yet another time and characters to memorise. Maybe easier with a print version, but I got too annoyed to finish.

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Long pauses made it difficult

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

Reviewed: 01-01-2020

Reading it would have been better. Long pauses between sentences were confusing and tedious. I thought I would get used to it but I didn't and it made the book tiresome, which was a great shame.

Another rolicking ride

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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: 10-11-2018

I have been looking forward to the next series from Dennis E Taylor, wondering how he could top the Bobiverse. I am glad he didn't try to top it but went in a different direction. There are some similarities between Ivan and Bob and what happens to them, but other than that, The Singularity Trap is an interesting and hopeful projection of humanity being saved from it's own stupidity. It is a fun story, well told and very well read. Entertaining from start to finish.

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-11-2018

I almost didn't choose this book because Vampires and monsters are not my favourite topic. The great reviews made me decide to give it a try and I am very glad I did. Vivian Shaw has a beautiful story telling style that combines intruguing plot with well rounded characters. I cared what happened to all of them, including the ghouls. I will definitely get the sequel. The narration was good and my only slight complaint is the lack of pause between chapters so that it wasn't clear that time had passes between one sentence and the next. A fun, compelling read.

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Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-2018

I think I had high expectations for this collection and maybe I didn't give it a real chance. I stopped after the fifth story. There was nothing particularly touchy about any of the stories and all of the ones I listened to centred around pregnancies and babies. I just go too bored to continue.