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Lauren Stone

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Implausible and rushed

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2019

SPOILERS...


So many implausible plot points, like shagging a criminal who reminds you of the brother who's death you caused. Or a man marrying a woman he babysat as a young girl (creepy). Or dumping the 'difficult' child on the grieving grandparents so the parents can maintain their dysfunctional relationship in peace. Or the main couple being broke despite her being a successful lawyer and his massive inheritance. Or every woman getting pregnant after one shag.

The voice of Lily spoke so fast I checked my playback speed wasn't accidentally set to 1.5x.

The story dwelt on explaining tedious details, then rushed through major moments such that I had to go back and re-listen to sections I'd missed the first time round.

Delete the epilogue, it's a lesson in sucking eggs. And do try to give your character with Aspergers some redeeming features.

Sorry this is a grumpy review, I really wanted the story to get better as it went on bug it just got more frustrating. Hope it's somewhat constructive.

Reliable entertainment

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

Reviewed: 14-05-2019

You can always rely on Liane Moriarty for a solid story, that's sufficiently intriguing without requiring much mental effort. Like her other novels, this story is focused on females and their relationships and their often misguided inner monologues, making it relatable for adult female readers of all ages.

Whilst her regular vocal artist is very talented, there are times she comes off patronising or sickly sweet or tediously childish, making me want to skip past certain characters' dialogue.

Some performances were irritating beyond belief

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

Reviewed: 09-06-2018

I’ve enjoyed this series. Unusual storyline, some great characters and some quality voice performances.

But this third book was bizarre.

- One of the protagonists had a Puerto Rican accent in Book 2 then a false Jersey accent in Book 3 for no apparent reason. Plus she used made-up ‘alien’ curse words that were tedious and felt forced.
- An antagonist female (supposedly a high ranking Russian military enforcer) used the most grating nauseously facetious, singsong, mocking voice constantly that made me want to punch the my device.
- An entire chapter was read in a computerised alien voice (imagine a 5 year old doing robot arms and saying “su-ren-der hu-mans”) so hit the skip button repeatedly.

Unless this book gets re-recorded, I’d suggest you find another read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

A good kick in the pants if you need it

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

Reviewed: 06-10-2017

If you need a shove to go do what you've always dreamed of doing, this book will push you. For those of us already doing it, it's not quite as helpful - like preaching to the choir - but still some useful reminders.

Die Trying cover art

Very entertaining but a bit too violent

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

Reviewed: 06-07-2017

Complex interesting story, maybe a little too complex - I got lost a couple of times and had to back track.
The violence was a little too graphic at times, put me off my lunch.

Interesting life, told with too much detail

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

Reviewed: 14-01-2017

Thoroughly enjoyed Stephen's first autobiography "Moab is my washpot".
This follow up however is an exercise in linguistic gymnastics as he tries too hard to fit as many 'big' words and adjectives as possible into every sentence. It makes it hard to follow the storyline, which jumps around considerably.