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Alan

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  • Talking It Over

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey, Alex Jennings, Clare Higgins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    Introducing Stuart, Gillian and Oliver. One by one they take their turn to speak straight out to the camera - and give their side of a contemporary love triangle. What begins as a comedy of misunderstanding slowly darkens and deepens into a compelling exploration of the quagmires of the heart.

    Alan says: "The Narrative Gimmick Works"
    "The Narrative Gimmick Works"
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    This was my first Julian Barnes novel, and I immensely enjoyed it. I'll be seeking out more of his work. Some other readers have complained that the concept of the alternating three different first-person narrators felt gimmicky or confusing, but I have to disagree with that. The essence of the story is simple, the real magic comes from the personal insights of these three complex and different characters. Discovering and anticipating the way each views the various situations in the plot kept me wanting more, perhaps because their reactions were all so believable. To paraphrase Gillian, Barnes takes an ordinary situation and manages to make it truly unique.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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