I think this is my absolute favourite Kate Atkinson. What are the pivotal episodes in our lives that alter everything to come? Who can determine the purpose in their own life? An absolute thought provoking narrative.
Excellently performed by Fenella Woolgar
A really delightful story where the marginalised triumph. Listen for pure pleasure as the rule bound hero makes his way toward a fully rounded life, detecting a suitable partner in a scientific fashion while dodging the bullets of academic political machinations so familiar to anybody connected to a university. I cant wait for the film. Especially for the golf club dinner episode.
You wouldn't think you could get engrossed in something so slow moving as a bunch of cows but the characters of Gus and Captain Call especially were intriguing. The extreme hardship and isolation of the cowhand/ranger/"sporting woman's" life made it so hard for both men and women to communicate in any meaningful way that one's heart just broke wanting them to escape the toungue-tied bonds that kept almost all the characters estranged from one another. No miracles occur, no epiphanies transform selfcontained introverts for the sake of true lurve. They just go on being terribly human and play their lives out and I was so sorry when it ended even after 36 hours.........
The narration is wonderful.
14 is one of those listens that keeps you in the supermarket carpark till the next chapter. Its a bit of a slow starter with lots of nice character development and then just keeps goings with overtones of all the best in SciFi and gothic traditions. Enjoy a rare taste of good tight writing that lets you settle right into the scene. No spoilers on this one, just sit back and enjoy a good solid listen to a fantastic narrator.
For quite a long while you will want to strangle at least a third of the many vile and unlovable characters in this pseudo historical saga, but, dear reader, persist to enjoy the unravelling of a not bad detective novel.
The story line for this novel must have covered an entire wall. A cast of thousands battles it out with the forces of evil all across the globe. Listening as opposed to reading made it MUCH more gripping as there was no cheating with a quick scan of the final chapter and following the unbelievably convoluted plot involved quite a lot of sitting in the car for some time after actually arriving somewhere so as to reach a suitable place to break the narrative.
A very very engaging listen.
Sliding into a new Mme Ramotswe novel is pure bliss. Good will triumph, evil will not even be too evil. Get in touch with your inner nice person and enjoy this series.
In this installment, Clovis Anderson appears in person, with the quiet application of common sense to assist the detectives of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Botswana right wrongs and foil injustice.
Never a fan of the author, the many many recommendations for this story drove me to download it.
I remain definitely not a fan of the author, unable to continue listening to such self indulgent rambling past the halfway mark. The repetition, the unspeakably banal dialogue......it was DREADFUL.
With an intelligent editor it could have been culled to about 30% and been a touching and engaging read/listen.
If you have a hazy but pleasant memory of this book from your childhood it's probably best not to revisit it. Sad to say the burden of 45 extra years from the first experience made me want to assassinate the heroine at a mere 60minutes in. Possibly not a book for today's child as the footnotes would outstrip the narrative.
It was however very pleasing to note that Pollyanna's aunt did finally get together with the doctor - a fact that escaped me so many years ago.
It is also an inescapable fact that literary ladies did indulge in a bucket load of plot plagiarism in the good old days but hang it all, toss away the cynicism and fling yourself back to childhood and enjoy.
This is a compulsive listen. Be prepared to sit in the car unwilling to leave the narrative.
It conjures all the indecision and lack of confidence of youth along with some sharp reminders of student poverty, initial engagements with the opposite sex and the dreadful spectre of single parenthood. Hmmm, not sure why it was so enjoyable now I come to think of it.
It rings bells not tinkled in many years I guess.
Listen and revisit the past, luckily not one's own.
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