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superb in all respects

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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: 24-08-2020

I finished this last week and can't stop thinking about it. It's a marvellous story, beautifully written, and narrated so well. I loved it. Although a fictionalised account of Shakespeare's home life, it felt like a really good approximation, and based on good historical material. An enriching read.

It’s no literary masterpiece but moderately entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-2020

Good complex plot line, diminished by the writer over explaining small details. And gratuitous crassness could have been left out without affecting the picture. The narrator did a pretty good job but has some hilarious pronunciation lapses. My favourite was a crocheted item pronounced like a musical note. (Proselytising, summarily, and lots of others given a total reworking.)

Wonderful story. Engaging narrator.

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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: 29-08-2017

Loved this saga of two families. Read well with good voices. Only draw back of listening in the car is I would have liked to draw myself a little family diagram. So many characters it was a bit confusing unless you super concentrate. Highly recommend though.

Glorious

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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: 29-08-2017

I loved every minute of this book. Superbly read and brought to life by the beautiful Irish voice of Shelley Atkinson. This was my book club book. The two of us who listened to the text enjoyed it markedly more than those who read it - a testament to narrator. Engaging story (slightly too many coincidences I thought) and plenty to discuss. Nature/nurture, poverty, Irish economy, clever writing allowing the reader to cheer for the bad guy- always fun. Can't wait for the sequel.

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 29-08-2017

Had to play this book on double time because it was so slow and dull. Could have all been said in one paragraph. Pride, loyalty, seamen's code of conduct, classism, different perceptions of the same truth...yawn. I think we've talked about the Titanic enough now.