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The best things in life are never free.

Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he had ever wanted anyone or anything before in his life. But loving Jenny Riley was the easy part; it was telling his wife he wanted a divorce that was going to be the killer....

Jenny is not just any girl. She cares nothing for Cain's hard-man reputation - she just wants to be with him. But Cain is not a free man. And he's about to find out that when his wife Caroline said 'til death us do part, she meant it.

When Cain is sentenced to life in prison it seems that Caroline might have got her wish. All Cain and Jenny know is that if their love can survive such separation, then one day they will have a chance at the good life together again.

But there are greater trials ahead than either can foresee. They're about to learn the hardest lesson of all: live the good life. Pay the price.

©2014 Martina Cole (P)2014 Headline Digital

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  • sheilaanne
  • 08-03-15

Absolute rubbish!

What would have made The Good Life better?

Not writing it!

What could Martina Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut the swearing to the bone. Make the character more believable

Would you listen to another book narrated by Annie Aldington?

No

What character would you cut from The Good Life?

All of them

Any additional comments?

I thought this would be a good crime book but it turned out to be an exercise into how many times I would hear the word c..t etc. Characters are extreme - from saintliness to absolute brutality, completely unbelievable

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-15

disappointing at every page

predictable story line that went on and on.....I wouldn't recommend to anyone. narrator fine - my issue was with the overall story plot.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • brontee boyce
  • 04-29-15

Not one of her best

no depth to the story. the narrative was absolutely awful. She made all the characters sound old. It took away from the already poor story. I'm just glad I didn't pay for it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Sheila
  • 01-15-15

First Time Martina Cole Listener And The Last

What disappointed you about The Good Life?

I just didn't care about any of the characters,

What could Martina Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I found it a bit repetitive, one of the reviewers mentioned Groundhog Day, I think that was a good description. Not sure what she could do to make it more enjoyable, more depth to the characters, so I cared more about them.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I liked the narrator, I think she did an excellent job.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Caroline Mitchell
  • 06-21-15

Disappointing

What did you like best about The Good Life? What did you like least?

I really wanted to like this book as I had heard so much about it. However, it took some time to get used to the writing style and although I know it is about gangland crime I found the swearing to be totally excessive. Every second word was peppered with an 'F' this and 'C' that. Having said that, Martina Cole is a highly entertaining author and her books bring you on quite a journey. This is the second book I have read by Martina Cole, because I wanted to give her writing another chance, however it will be the last. Perhaps that's down to my own personal taste as there is a huge market for this sort of writing in the UK. It's just not for me.<br/><br/> Parts of the book began to get on my nerves, such as being told that Caroline was a realist several times, and like the previous book, gangland crime and violence was glamorised, and the police (or 'filth' as they were called) were bad people who were unnecessarily violent (!) I could not bring myself to like any of the characters in this book, there were literally no redeemable qualities for any of them, Which made it hard to complete the rest of the story as I didn't care what happened to them.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Are

What didn’t you like about Annie Aldington’s performance?

I listened to this book on my headphones and I'm sorry to say that the narrator's performance was not an enjoyable experience. While I understand that she had to speak in an accent suited to the characters portrayed in the book, where were times when Caroline was arguing, that her voice almost pierced my eardrums. And that was prevalent throughout the story. If you like Jeremy Kyle and Eastenders with lots of swearing then you would probably enjoy this performance. But again perhaps it is unfair to blame the narrator when she is only speaking in tones suited to the style of writing. I would listen to her again narrating another book perhaps more suited to my tastes. Are

Did The Good Life inspire you to do anything?

Yes. Never to buy another Martina Cole book.

Any additional comments?

I'm not the sort of person that leaves negative reviews, so I found this difficult to write. I'm certainly no prude either. I usually enjoy Stephen King thrillers, crime books and horror so it has to be pretty excessive for me to write a negative review. This book is sorely a matter of taste and I know there is a huge following for it. I'm just not one of them.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue
  • 06-25-15

Way too much swearing.

I bought this book as part of a 2 4 1 offer. My first experience of the author. The story was basic London gangster stuff. Okay but rather predictable. It could have been an engaging listen but the amount of swearing killed it for me. Prolific use of the "C" word. It didn't add anything at all and made me cringe. We know that gangsters are rough and tough - this was a lazy way of portraying that.
This author's not for me.

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  • Laura
  • 11-30-14

Lacking in Plot

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those who are impressed by one dimensional tales of gangland London

What could Martina Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I found the characters under-developed. After I had been told for the 40th time that the central character was perfect I got rather bored.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Annie Aldington?

Yes. Think she did a good job of a dull story

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sometimes it's quite nice to listen to some mindless escapism.

Any additional comments?

I know that Martina Cole is a popular writer, but I think that the sheer volume of her work has come at the expense of quality

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Chrissie
  • 05-29-16

Awful corny rubbish

What disappointed you about The Good Life?

The overuse of bad language. The repeated use of the main characters full name. We KNOW his name is Cain Moran! The lazy characterisation, i.e big gangster removes someone's fingers and toes with bolt cutters in one scene, then we hear how much he loves his partner Jenny, the look of her, the smell of her etc. So corny. All Martina's main men are the same. They would kill someone without a second thought, and then become loving, caring partners, husbands or sons etc .Really??? <br/>

What could Martina Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stop reminding me of Cain's surname. Kept the story tight and not relied on unbelievable romantic scenes to fill out the pages. The main couple Cain and Jenny were like cardboard cutouts.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator is very good but is working with poor material. It is cringeworthy listening to the swearing and vulgar sex scenes. The emphasis placed on certain words, although necessary for the storyline made my ears bleed.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance that once again I have fallen for the hype and wasted my time listening to a re-hashed MC story. Gave up on this author years ago but live in hope that she gets her old magic back

Any additional comments?

Look forward to the day MC delivers a solid story like her early books. Not sure how this nonsense gets printed. It's insulting to her readers intelligence

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • DEBORAH
  • 05-17-16

Martina is struggling

I think Martina Cole is definitely struggling with this book her last couple of books have been more or less identical they are starting to get a bit boring. I think this will be the last one that I read or listen to for a long time. This one is definitely a far cry from her two women days anyone that is a Martina Cole fan will know what I'm talking about.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ms
  • 07-08-15

An easy listen

The narration was brilliant, but the story a bit 'old hat' as easy listen while ironing I would say!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia Sloan
  • 07-02-15

Terific

Great book, would expect nothing else of Martina Cole. Very exciting!!! Cannot wait for her next book.