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Melanie Preston Lewis

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A clever idea

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

Reviewed: 07-29-19

This is a clever, well thought out book. The plot is unique and quirky. Having not read the book I can't begin to imagine what the language looks like written down, it was very hard on the ears! The characters are well thought out and engaging and I did feel invested in the outcome. The whole thing was completely surreal and enjoyable and although I didn't laugh out loud it was amusing.

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Divine

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Full disclosure; I am not in the intended audience age group for Harold Peabody and nor do I have appropriately aged offspring. I originally read Harold because I am in awe of Dawn Kopman Whidden's word craftsmanship. She takes a seemingly ordinary selection of locutions, spins her own distinct brand of alchemy and creates a tale of nuance and depth that draws the reader in and keeps them fully absorbed. I loved Harold, what a great hero he is. Ably supported by a nurturing cast of captivating characters the story whips along wrapping you up tighter and warmer with every word. When the opportunity to listen to Harold presented itself, even though I'd read the book, I am not a fool and grabbed the audio book to my heart. Exquisite elocution by Damien Alameda turned this children's book into two and a half hours of joy, endearment and tenderness. Absolutely wonderful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Exquisite

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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: 12-11-18

An extremely poignant tale, told from the two perspectives of mother and daughter. I thought this was a very clever and unusual concept. It was wonderfully uplifting to hear the thoughts of a child and also, at times, desperately heart breaking. Clare's insights stop the story from being bleak, otherwise Josephine's tale would be altogether too tragic to cope with. Exquisitely narrated by Caroline Lennon, this is a book that will stay in my mind for a long, long time. 5 stars and highly recommended from me.

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Brilliant

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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: 11-08-18

Having listened to 13 and absolutely loving it, I then bought all the other books in Steve Cavanagh's Eddie Flynn series. The writing is superb throughout every book. The plots are unique, cleverly constructed and tightly woven. It is a relief that Mr Cavanagh has chosen a good path, because with his genius mind and inspired ideas, he would make an excellent con artist! Where the ideas come from, I have no clue, but each concept is highly original and eloquently executed. 11 hours and 40 minutes of totally compelling and absorbing listening. My poor dogs are exhausted, as I simply couldn't contemplate stopping listening, so continued to walk them around and around the park until the story was finished. I've got the next book, The Liar, in my library, but may have to resist the temptation to listen to it straight away and keep it for a special treat, or until I know when the next Eddie Flynn book is being released. I must commend Adam Sims for his superb narration, bringing Eddie and the other characters to life. Although I missed Judge Harry's input, this is no way detracted from another awesome and absorbing audio book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Better than brilliant!

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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: 12-07-17

One of the most repulsive and despicable characters I've met in a very long time in Laura. Talk about two-faced, the golden girl at work and a psychotic maniac everywhere else. It is totally absorbing to listen to her warped, twisted mind. The manner in which she justifies her actions is superb writing. This tale contains shock after shock; just when you think things can't get any worse, they do! I'm still trying to work out who I feel sorrier for; Charlotte, Ryan, Johnny, Mr and Mrs Smith senior, the list is endless. Mr Marrs book is a very clever and unusual concept, which he has written with his usual eloquence and aplomb. The narrators all do a splendid job bringing the characters to life and fleshing out Mr Marrs words. I also loved the link to The Wronged Sons, with Ryan buying the cottage. Very, very clever. If this book doesn't shoot John Marrs into the stratospheric heights of authordom, then I don't know what will. King John of the suspenseful thriller. I'm giving a standing ovation whilst bowing before the altar, not an easy task but worth it in the presence of greatness.

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WOW!

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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: 11-13-17

What a brilliant book. The action kicks off in chapter 1 and doesn't end until the last word - actually, the action carries on way past the last word. Teddy is a kick-ass woman, and I'm totally in love with her, she's divine. One of the best female characters I've read about in many a long time. With Skinny Drake by her side, she's going to conquer the world. The McClusky family are suitably repugnant and easy to loathe. But it isn't just because her enemies are so revolting that you cheer for Steady Teddy. She may have her issues but she's a genuinely good person, and she's so well drawn that I truly believe that I could go and meet her in her bar in Austin, Texas. I loved Remo and Mr McCrary has done it again. Excellently narrated by Mandy Kaplan, I can't wait to read more about Steady Teddy. BTW, the ending, don't worry, no spoilers, but the ending is very much, WTF??? Kudos Mr McCrary - you've got a 5 star, (should be 6), hit on your hands!

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Unparalleled in its brilliance

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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: 08-10-17

I've read the ebook of Why You Were Taken and loved it. Now I've listened to the audio book and fallen in love all over again. Roshina Ratnam does a top notch job as the narrator and totally nailed every character. The imagination that drives this story is wild. Ms Lawrence takes you on the ride of your life with this book. It's fast, furious and scary all at the same time. But driving the whole package is the unparalleled genius of the writing. The story is this side of believable, and that's what makes it all the more frightening. I've read the book, I've listened to the book and now I want to see this made into a movie. A first class story, which you simply have to read AND listen to. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fascinating

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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: 08-03-17

I've learned more about the porn industry then I ever thought possible. It's a very interesting 3 and a half hours. My only gripe is that this is a series of interviews strung together, so every half an hour I had to listen to Jon Ronson listing the producer, director, sound engineer etc. etc. Mr Ronson clearly and concisely achieves him aim and demonstrates the butterfly effect of one man's actions. Some parts are funny, some weird, some grossed me out and others were achingly sad. Overall, a fascinating insight into an often taboo world.

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Another hit!

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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: 07-21-17

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I don't usually do this but I listened to book 2 immediately upon finishing book 1, Remo Went Rogue. Ohmidays, what a life Remo leads! I think the idea of the partnership Remo ends up in is inspired. They're like the 3 Stooges, only dangerous. Once again the writing is very dry and witty with a great deal of dark, sarcastic humour and excellent put downs and one liners.
The characterisation of Remo is beautifully written, with layers slowly being revealed, as if peeling an onion. The whole concept is brilliant and I cannot wait to see what happens in book 3. I'm thrilled to recommend this book

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Fast paced action

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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: 07-21-17

Any additional comments?

For me, one of the best aspects of this book is the dark humour. The one-liners are so slick, funny and had me laughing out loud on occasion. When it transpires that Remo's life is at stake, you'd think you wouldn't care, he's really a rather repulsive, immoral, misogynist. But the clever writing makes you care about this man, who, it is revealed, does have some redeeming features. Describing action in words is always difficult, but Mr McCrary does it particularly well. I could see the fight in my imagination. This is not my usual genre but I'm always looking at expanding my literary horizons and I'm really, really glad I did. Nothing is as it seems, everything is turned upside down and inside out and wow, it is fast! Now I find I do care about Remo, and even about Luther and Hollis. A great action book