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Not clever enough

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2019

I selected this title because I enjoyed previous titles narrated by Joanne Froggett. I still enjoyed the narration of Silent Child but was overall disappointed with the story.

The initial chapters started out well, although some of the descriptive words seemed a little odd; some phrases being somewhat antiquated and almost felt like a creative writing course had been recently completed before writing the novel.

As the story unfolded there seemed to be some minor inconsistenties and unrealistic behaviours. Trying not to give away spoilers: with the story only covering a matter of weeks following Aiden's return, Emma's behaviour and expectations of her son seem off; the ill-advised police trip to the woods seems ludicrous - the lack of "experience" of the authorites in Aiden's kind of matter; the media coverage and tv segment; there seemed to be a total lack of social service involvement and a distinct lack of medical appointments for Emma etc.

And yet despite some of the more ludicrous aspects of the book, the ultimate whodunit was fairly predictable. Perhaps I am being a little unfair on the author as this is the first suspense novel I've listened to rather than read and things that seem obvious may not be in hard copy.

as relevant now as it was in its day

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

Reviewed: 31-10-2018

great listen. too young for the original television series but this was still spot on for politics today. very funny.

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Heart Wrenching but spirit soaring

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

For someone who felt like they didn't have resilience for a traumatic story, despite some of the horrific things that occur, this book inspires resilience and gratitude. I've never seen the film adaptation.

A mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 11-03-2018

Whilst familiar with pop culture references to Frankenstein, Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde, I had never read the original stories.

Jekyll and Hyde was short and sweet. The story wasn't quite as I expected although close yo my understanding but it was well perfomed.

Frankstein was not at all like I imagined and I really struggled with the story. The voices were whiny and characters unlikeable. it just seemed to drag on and I did not enjoy it at all.

Dracula however was fantastic. although not quite what I thought it would be the story was engaging and entertaining and the performance was excellent.

Easy to digest Greek Myth

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

Reviewed: 02-02-2018

occasionally "dumbed" down a bit too much, this was a great introduction to Greek Myths and Legends. Stephen Fry's dulcet tones do not disappoint!

Pleasant

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

Reviewed: 15-11-2017

Very enjoyable. Sometimes the actions of the characters were exasperating but overall a great listen

A bit of a struggle

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

Reviewed: 15-11-2017

This took a long time to finish. The initial court scenes were painful and cringe worthy but the book improved dramatically once I got through these chapters. The whole eclipse thing as well as some of the characters motivations were also quite ridiculous. However the twists and overall story was ok. The performances were good. 3.5 star overall

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Good beginning, lack lustre end

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2017

this started well but by the end seemed rather ridiculous and several moments in the final chapters i had to replay as i wasn't sure if i had missed something important or the story just jumped around.

short and sweet

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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: 31-08-2017

the narrators voice is simply devine. first short story, it was ok but have no benchmark to compare it too.

Frustrating Protagonists

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

Reviewed: 27-08-2017

I liked the narrators and overall enjoyed the story but found the protagonists difficult to like.