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but not a fan of our species

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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: 04-27-19

this is an incredibly well researched book. the history of our species is laid out in detail, and interesting at that, but the author is not fond of the human project that has enabled him to spend all this time researching and writing rather than scraping out an existence like the other homo out there

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

best one yet!

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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: 02-24-19

Tana French has a remarkable sense for the way real people act, both as rational beings and as emotional ones. the depth and range of emotion in her characters is so real, so believable, that it's incredible. this is a great story. the protagonist faces many choices, and the moral dilemmas are well laid out, their consequences both surprising and satisfying. the narrator is fantastic.

a whole nother world

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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: 07-16-17

it's hard to believe that someone has already figured out how to solve the problems of world poverty, war, and carbon dioxide buildup, but read this book and you'll get it. and Sean Pratt is the best didactic reader on the planet.

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More emotionally volatile stuff from TF

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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: 08-06-12

Tana French again brings together imperfect beings trying to do their best in a difficult world. Her characters remain very unique and well drawn, thrown into situations that stretch them to the breaking point and beyond. Lots of good things to make you think about and test one's own ideas about how you might behave in the same situation. The reader is Fantastic! All charaacters have a perfectly realized voice, and the wide emotional swings are fully portrayed. I was speaking in dialect all week just from listening!
The book opens mostly as a procedural, and takes a while to get going, but it's woth the wait. Not quite as good as Faithful Place, but still a great listen.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What a ride!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-11

This may be the most emotionally charged book I have ever heard, as the main characters are all pissed off with one another at some point, and the strength of the love that drives the novel is so powerful that it supercharges those emotions further. Then too, the emotions are all suppressed...you know that whatever you're hearing there's much more under the surface. French does a great job of maintaining the energy and gives us a good mystery, to boot.
The reader is as good as the readers get, and you will feel that you are in Dublin, and that every one of those voices he has belongs to a distinct individual.
My wife hadn't listened to it, and I was glad to listen to it again with her on a long car ride...it was as good the second time through!

An writer makes his own case

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-09

This book is written with all of the brilliance in language and turn of phrase thak characterizes his fiction. Good thing, too, because as such it is an illustration of the improtance of supporting literary creativity. More than simply advancing his cause, he makes you think about where we are headed with the digital revolution. Now that I've read it, I'm going to get the book so I can slowly savor some of his brillaint insights.
Listen to your Grandpa, you might learn something.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful