It was very negative, nothing but doom and gloom from the main character for enough of the book to make me give up. And not enough story to make me care what happened.
I'm an English expat, living in Canada. This book took me straight back home, all the great and awful things about England. A real insight into English culture, attitudes and prejudices. Any reviewer who tries to compare this unfavourably with Harry Potter is so wide of the mark, it's like comparing apples with, well, elephants. The narrator was phenomenal in my view - he had the accents, attitudes and intonation completely spot on. I was almost worried that someone might steal the wheels of my car. Anyone who thinks that England is all about cucumber sandwiches and tea on the lawn should definitely give this a whirl. My only criticism was trying to keep up with who is whom - there are a lot of key characters, and some of the wives are possibly interchangable.
Thoroughly enjoyed ths book - yes it's a romance, and yes it's light and silly and girly, but fast paced and fun, and made me want to rush out into the backyard and start gardening immediately (snow notwithstanding). Great one for vacation reading.
Yes, have already recommended it. It's an fun take on the movie world, interesting and fast paced with great characters.
Two things - 1) understand that it needs realism but it was all disaster, corruption and struggle all the way through. Would have really liked a little "hope" thrown in there too. 2) Would have liked a stronger story thread - chopping and changing between so many characters constantly left me a little lost, especially when listening in small chunks.
Great voices, accents, gave atmosphere and realism to the story.
Fast paced and light, great reading if you don't want to put too much effort into it. The plot was a little thin in places with a few inexplicable turns of event.
The characters were colourful and fun.
Probably not - not enough to it.
Tim Matheson's "female voice" was very odd, sounded like a drag queen at times - would have been better off not trying I think.
Yes, it was beautifully acted (I won't even say narrated, as the voices were perfect), and it took such an unexpected twist, I'm sure I missed some of the subtleties through racing through it as fast as I could.
When the first big reveal came, to be honest, I groaned. I thought it had taken a Steven King-like path and gone off the rails (see "It"). But once I got used to the idea, the whole thing came together in a fascinating cinematic way that kept me right until the last page.
Absolutely brought the characters to life.
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