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A nice shot of positive thinking

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-2020

Quite a few books like this lately. Highlighting the positive of the world when the stories were given are largely negative. A few bits of gold in this, but ultimately a mediocre commission that relies on semantics rather than a different view on things. Worth it for the various well known stories about human behaviour and how the well documented outcomes might not be what we’ve been lead to believe they are.

Love note to NY. Great narration. Okay story.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-2020

Was a pretty fun book. Kind of felt like American Gods but with cities instead of gods of old. Reckon you’d appreciate it more if you were from New York. Definitely has her vibe to the writing but lacks the originality of Jemisin’s other books. Maybe the sum of parts will make me like this more.

Old school murder mystery

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-2020

A fun little murder mystery, albeit a little dated. Has that old school vibe of no one really being alarmed at a murder but rather staring at the people at the dinner table about who did it. It’s a genre, and one that Agatha Christie is the champion off so no complaints from me. Fun characters and a fun conclusion.

Absolutely fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-2020

I could not stop listening to this. It was fascinating, relatable (oddly) and a glimpse at an achievement few have and will undertake. Super fun listen.

Hard to follow characters and get a sense of scale

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-2020

The stories are phenomenal, however there are so many people mentioned that it is hard to get a sense of who’s doing what or the scale in which they’re doing it.
Very interesting tale and glad to have listened to it though. The work done is as brutal as it is fascinating.

We’ll research, but all blends together too much

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-2019

Far out. This is very intense and the author clearly knows their stuff, however I found everything just blended together to a point very few stories stood out from each other. Gets to a point where the stories are interesting, however it feels like you heard it 10 times prior. Obviously, not the authors fault, but from a narrative experience it gets pretty repetitive quickly. Incredible times and the scale of battles is difficult to fathom. Worth a listen, but think you’d get more out of a deeper read into certain people/times/events than you would when it’s all together in one story.

Every exorcism cliche in one book

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-2019

This book was ‘meh’ at best. It uses all the cliches and exorcism tropes to progress its story, but then tries to blame its unoriginality on the characters more than the writer.
Nothing new to see here at all.
The narrator does the male characters a disservice and makes them sound absurd, which took away any gravitas they had in the story, and many characters feel like they have a key part in the story that will be revealed as important but they ultimately come to nothing.
Definitely nothing to, as the cover quote from Stephen King puts it, ‘scare the hell out of you’ here. It’s about as middle of the road as it gets.

Fascinating look at big finance and corruption in a geopolitical arena

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-2019

Really liked this one. The story is told from the protagonist view obviously, but you can tell there’s a lot underlying it that’s going untold. But that’s a whole different story I guess. Fascinating to hear about post USSR division of assets and how it resulted in the oligarchs of today. Really put context to some of the moves occurring today around global politics. Definitely recommend.

Interesting stories with some gold sprinkled throughout

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-10-2019

Entertaining listen. The stories are easy to consume and there’s some great tidbits of info that’ll be handy conversational fodder.
Great reminder however, to look a little deeper than the superficial elements that lead to outcomes. There’s gold looking 3 or 4 steps deeper than what seems to be the story.
As most of the reviews had said, definitely worthwhile if you’ve got kids.

Confronting and uncomfortable... but that’s the point.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2019

This book was full of discussions and concepts that are confronting, which is entirely the premise of it. All about how ideas are adopted and required to be accepted without the interrogation required to really validate if they’re the best ideas. It was a bit confronting at stages, largely due to asking the harder questions about certain topics that are in this day and age taboo to even say out loud. Definitely worth a listen to assist in framing the discomfort in how some topics are tackled these days. You may not agree with it all, but I think that’s the point.