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Anne K

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The Narrator Has Vocal Issues

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-19

This might be a very good story but I couldn't listen for more than 10 minutes. The narrator has some serious issues (nodules on the vocal folds?) which made me constrict my throat sympathetically. Couldn't bear to listen. Also, could barely hear at full volume in the car, her voice was so breathy. I'll be seeking a refund.

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Master Storytelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-19

I loved this from start to finish. Interesting plot, likable / hatable characters, excellent narration. Could hardly put it down.

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Bleak counterpoint to A Year of Living Danishly

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-19

This was a hard book to finish but a worthy listen. I felt the narrator was wrong for this book - too dour, monotone and gloomy. I wish he had drawn out more humor and irony from the text. But I respect the choice to keep it grim to reflect the subject matter. Ari’s portrayal of the Grandmother was touching and real, and I’m sure deliberately contrasting with the events of the present. I kept listening because I wanted to hear “her” whimsical voice and find out what happened to her in the end. A struggle but worth it.

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Very intriguing and satisfying

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I don’t normally enjoy time-travel fiction but this was an exception. The plot was intriguing, complex, and drew me in. Beautifully written and narrated.

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Almost a great book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I enjoyed this book a lot and my reservations about it might be unfair to the author. She captured the city so well it brought back unpleasant memories of my own year in Oxford. Her portraits of the English characters were spot on, and I especially enjoyed Jamie’s parents. The story, a variation on a common theme, was well told. The literary allusions were apt and beautiful, the reflections on love moving. Ultimately, though, I couldn’t quite warm to Ella. The author didn’t quite pull off the difficult balance of writing a strong, brash character that still evoked my sympathies. That could be just me, though. I’d recommend this book.

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A great listen and the ending grew on me

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Loved the story and the plot twists - the journey, as it were. Got to the end and then - like many other listeners - thought "what the heck?". I had to keep rewinding and listening to make sure I'd got it. It worked best when I just listened to the final 20 mins straight through then it clicked. I really liked it.

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Terrible disappointment

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I thought this book was awful: confusing regarding the interweaving plots, and just plain boring. The plot was tedious, but worse: the characters we have come to know and love just weren't there. I have loved the Longmire series to date, and would forgive something that was, say, 20% below par, but this was an order of magnitude worse. George Guidall did his best.

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Ruined by choice of narrator

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-17

First of all, let me disclose I am English. I completely get this book from a cultural perspective, having lived here for 10 years and become a US citizen. I totally understand the author's reluctance to give up the English pronunciation of "tom-ah-toes" etc. So when an American narrator was chosen for this book, it was a complete miss. He says "tom-ai-toes". OK, not very significant in itself, but it misses the frisson of friction - and the underlying humor - of a Brit coming to terms with America through its food. I thought I could make sufficient allowance when I started listening but I couldn't stand it. I am going to return this book. Bad judgement call from the xenophobic producers at Audible, I figure? Or some sort of royalty issue? Beats me!

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Very disappointed

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

I had very high expectations of this book, based on Find Me and other DD Warren novels which I've loved. Right behind You was (IMO) boring and flawed. Right at the start, the alert reader sees something that, apparently, the whole detective team have missed. It bugged me till half-way through the book when the detectives caught up. The narrative was bogged down with long descriptions of how to shoot a gun, how to put up a tent (etc), that were either unnecessary or unwanted. The characters were at best two-dimensional, with only the dogs really standing out, and maybe Sandra and Frank if I'm being generous. I liked the female narrator but couldn't stand the whiny, nasal tones of the male narrator, though I'll grant he was a good actor. I did manage to get to the end but it was a struggle.

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Very interesting and enjoyable book

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-17

I enjoyed this book a lot. The plot was well developed and the characters were reasonably well drawn, given (as it seems to me) the main point of the book was to explore a theme: specifically, the emerging Victorian science of criminal anthropology - trying to codify the influence of genetics on the criminal; and more broadly, how depression and other forms of mental illness may lead to criminal behavior, and to what extent this is a mitigating circumstance. I liked the way the author didn't land heavily on an answer but left many ideas hanging in the air for the listener to explore. He let you see that this was a new concept for the times, but there were a lot of things the Victorians didn't yet understand that we now know, thus introducing some irony in the fate of the character. It was a good story as well!

My main beef was with the choice of narrator. This was a book set in the north of Scotland, where all the characters were Scottish. So why on earth did Audible get an English actor to perform it?? His accent was 90% there but the 10% that wasn't really irritated me. The pace was off because he was trying too hard to get the accent down. He read it in a sing-song intonation which I guess could have been a Highland lilt but I'd have liked a more dour reading, personally. The author wasn't served by the narrator's unfamiliarity with some esoteric words like "demur", which he pronounced as "demure"; "midfrift" for midriff (maybe that's a Scots variant??), especially given this won the Man Booker Prize. I would definitely listen to other books narrated by Antony Ferguson; I just didn't think he was right for this one.

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