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Bheka Nkonyane

Johannesburg, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (705)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Unconvincing"
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    A well crafted novel. I might even be persuaded to call it brilliantly crafted. Unfortunately the reader never forgets the "craft" element because the story itself, in-spite of pitch perfect narration from Richard Morant, felt contrived and ultimately pointless.The main character while witty and intelligent, is somewhat soulless and ultimately a bore. The "real reason" revealed at the end of the book for the quite drastic actions taken by one of the characters are too feeble to be convincing. Ditto the rest of the characters. You come off feeling you couldn't care less about the mysteries behind their actions.I gave it three stars for craft and narration, where the book does somewhat better.

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