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Harriet

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  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (728)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Dina says: "An Astrological Wonder"
    "Overblown, disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Eleanor Catton and/or Mark Meadows?

    no


    What was most disappointing about Eleanor Catton’s story?

    Not all that much story, way too many words. I love detail and long, long books by accomplished writers: Steinbeck, Dickens, Hardy, Stephenson - but this seemed mostly just filler. 29 Hours should have more information.


    Did Mark Meadows do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did what he could; he did make the blustery, arrogant characters very unpleasant


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Luminaries?

    Not so much deleting a scene as removing the verbal bloat within them


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry to be so negative, Ms.Catton's editors have failed her. There were many opportunities for beautifully drawn characters and backgrounds in the book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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