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Not everybody is Agatha Christie

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-19

I did not enjoy this detective story. The plot was not bad at all, the setting in English high society in the 1920s could have been amusing, if only the characters had any substance. Which I found was not the case. The book also lacks humour. In short, it's flat, not to say boring.

A bit long-winded but useful

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

The author, who has chosen to narrate her book herself, delivers important messages about how to raise well-behaved and happy dogs. One of her messages is that we shouldn't project our behaviors as primates onto dogs. Another one is that the notion of dominance (over one's own dog) has been completely wrongly applied and has traumatized entire generations of dogs and dog owners. These important messages and many others are told using a lot of anecdotes from the author's life as a vet and behavior therapist for dogs, as well as as a sheep dog owner. These anecdotes are often drawn out, which makes the book quite long winded. I found the solution which was to listen to it at the 1.25 x speed. I was much better then.

Amazing. Visionary. Great writing

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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: 06-24-19

This book that I had read last when I was a teenager is so much more interesting and powerful than I remembered. George Orwell was not only an explorer of the darkest corners of the human mind and soul, not only a visionary with prescience of the current times, he was also an amazing craftsman of the written word. Every word seems to be right, nothing is superfluous.
The narrator manages to do justice to the writing, an admirable feat! Very impressive.

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Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 06-23-19

I’m not sure whether it is the narration that spoiled this book for me or the story itself that felt too laborious. The multiple voices and the fake foreign accents (German, Polish or Yiddish, not sure) in the narration did not help me to relate to the characters, on the contrary. I found it particularly difficult to relate to the main female character (no fake accent) which did not sound credible to me. It is a pity because the topic of the book (how could people participate in nazi crimes or any brutal crime and can they ever be forgiven) is a very important one and the book is obviously very well researched. The historical parts (about life as a SS and life in the Ghetto) are most interesting. But as a novel, it did not impress me as great writing (which is paradoxical for a book with storyteller in the tittle) and I disliked the audio narration

A true jewel

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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: 06-04-19

Such a great story and so well written! The narrator is excellent and manages to do justice to this amazing book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Boring

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

I enjoyed the Lincoln Lawyer. I found this book a poor sequel, full of stereotypes along the lines of the warm-hearted tough defense lawyer with a soft spot for beautiful and smart prostitutes. The narrator tries to breathe life into it, but overdramatizes the meaningless instead.

Poor narration. Couldn' bear to continue listening

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

Barbara Kingsolver agreed/decided to narrate her book herself, in my view a big mistake. Her voice, tone, and rythm are so slow, lifeless, and monotonous that I could not engage with the main character's and the book's story -- which seemed equally slow and lifeless. I see that other listeners had not issue with this. I therefore recommend that potential buyers listen to the audio extract before buying this audiobook.

Difficult to relate to the author’s fascination

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

The author’s infatuation with the singer Stevie Nicks makes it harder, not easier, to get to know her. She seems to be a very interesting character and witness to the changing times she lived through. But we don’t really get to understand what and why. We are left with shallow impressions.

So enjoyable!

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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: 05-12-19

I am not a fine enough critic to be able to point out what makes Agatha Christie’ novel so much more enjoyable that many contemporary crime stories. I guess she’s just a better writer, better descriptions, better story telling, better characters. No need there for the current escalation of violence and perversion.

Very balanced views and praticable advice

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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: 05-11-19

Dr Weil presents a thorough overview of all the ways in which one can enhance one’s health. His approach is very well researched, yet simple, and well balanced between traditional médecine, alternative medicine and regular life style advice (food, exercising, emotional needs). A big thank you to him for his work.