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K. Chong

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A must ‘listen’

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

Reviewed: 03-02-2019

There’s so much to say about this book yet I don’t know where to start. The story of Sandra makes you both despair at the horrors and injustices she has suffered and delight at her resilience and humanity. The author tells Sandra’s story with great empathy but also holds a light to her inconsistencies. Rachel Tidd’s narration is, without question, the best performance I have experienced of an audio book. Her telling of the story is flawless and captures each character’s nuances with authenticity. Highly, highly recommended.

Compelling outback mystery

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

Reviewed: 25-01-2019

It took a little while to get into but the story proved to be compelling, if not a little overly complicated. Great narrator who warmed to the material after the first few chapters. I found it very easy to picture the place and people I. My mind which, to me, is a sign of a good audio book.

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Compelling

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

Reviewed: 08-06-2018

After hearing Tara Westover speak on radio I very much wanted to understand more about her life. The story is compelling, sad and sometimes unbelievable. Her life experience up to going to college is so far from my own that it felt like fiction, not biography - I was constantly left wondering how ones own family can be so cruel and deluded. The narration is excellent and the whole book is binge-worthy.

A alternate reality

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

Reviewed: 06-04-2018

I listened to this book just as the #metoo wave was beginning to gain momemtum and this book felt like our world had been turned on its head, but not in a way that was any better. The story is compelling, creative, and sometimes a little silly. As much as I couldn't put it down, I also felt that the author couldn't quite decide what to make of her idea, and that half way through it strayed from being 'Handmaid's Tale' like to more straight up fantasy. Adjoa Andoh's narration is excellent and makes the book even more worthwhile.

Brilliant storytelling

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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: 04-02-2018

Phillip Pullman’s stories are intelligent, suspenseful and challenge the reader / listener to really keep aware of all the intricate plot threads. Anton Lesser’s narration is exquisite and I can’t imagine anyone else could do the Sally Lockhart books justice. Our whole family, aged from 10-47, loved this book.

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Compelling story and performance

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

Reviewed: 31-08-2017

If you liked the Rosie Project you'll love this book, which has a troubled female protagonist who you immediately empathise with.

The performance is stunning. Cathleen McCarron's reading is nuanced and subtle and she brings all the characters to life in a very realistic manner.

Easily one of the best audiobooks I've experience.

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Thoughtful and important

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2017

What made the experience of listening to Wonder the most enjoyable?

The 11 and 9 year old enjoyed this story. It's real, thought-provoking and told from different perspectives. Some of the dialogue is clunky (a lot of he said, she said, he said, which becomes repetitive). The voice acting is generally good, although the main character actually sounds less convincing than all the others.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Via

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Most of the voices are very authentic and feel genuine.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's told in sections, by different characters, which creates natural breaks in the story.

Chick Lit Grail Style

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2017

I'm sorry to say this book was a bit silly despite having the bones of a good story. The female American accent makes this book hard to like.

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Repetitive storyline

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

Reviewed: 25-01-2017

While the performances were quite good for this book I found the story really repetitive. Which then made it feel like it was too long. And it's one of those "then I" styles of writing.