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  • The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Julia Stuart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Balthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. That’s right, he is a Beefeater (they really do live there). It’s no easy job living and working in the tourist attraction in present-day London.

    Sherrye says: "big fat disappointment"
    "Exhausting!"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise?

    I listened to this book as part of my book club and while it certainly broadened my horizons (I would not have picked this out on my own), that's about all it did. This book annoyed me and perhaps even tormented me a bit, having to finish it but not wanting to. By the end of the book I felt a bit sorry for the main character and even might have liked him a bit and his wife too, for that matter...but that's about it. It was just kind of a pointless story.


    What could Julia Stuart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing...it's just not my kind of book!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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