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Platform Seven

Narrated by: Olivia Dowd
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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The new novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Louise Doughty.

Platform Seven at 4am: Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway on this freezing November morning is confident he's alone. As he sits on the metal bench at the far end of the platform it is clear his choice is strategic - he's as far away from the night staff as he can get. 

What the man doesn't realise is that he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he has decided. She knows what he is about to do as she tries and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge. 

Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in 18 months - surely they're connected? 

No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die. 

©2019 Louise Doughty (P)2019 Faber & Faber Ltd

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"Louise Doughty leads her unnerved readers into dark territory." (Hilary Mantel)

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Reminded me

It reminded me that we’re not alone and for one of the bad things we go through we go through a thousand good things. Thank you for the reminder.

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  • Nicks
  • 09-04-19

Engaging and lovely story

The first 3 chapters are a bit confusing and I wasn't sure I would continue. But so pleased I did as the story becomes so rich and the various characters are beautifully woven together.

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  • Janet biglari
  • 09-04-19

Excellent, moving, unusual

It took a while to get into this book I nearly gave up after two hours of Lisa on platform seven, however I am so glad I persevered. This book on every level is very clever, its about coercive relationships at different levels. It is edgy and does not necessarily give the reader what you might want but that is what makes it so interesting. At the start as a listener I could not imagine how the strands could come together they seemed so random however the author brings them together beautifully. This is a cleverly crated superior novel and one I struggled to pause.

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  • Beegeeay
  • 09-06-19

Olivia Dowd's masterly narration breathes life int

A study of love in all its terrible forms and the consequences of such longings live on, long after the subjects are dead and buried. But equally love can endure after death, its power to sustain us undiminished by time or distance, fed by our memories of desire, need and happiness.

In the end this story finishes on an upbeat note that repeats what was said in the previous sentence, in a myriad of ways. We are all looking for love, even if not consciously doing so, and sometimes, unfortunately, we find love that consumes us utterly and leaves nothing behind but an echo of our former selves.

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  • Pauline Mason
  • 08-29-19

Flabby middle

A good editor could have turned this into a really good novel. This is the first time I recall skipping to the end of any novel but I genuinely wanted to know about the other characters rather than wade through every boring pedestrian moment of the main character’s relationship. (Yes I got the point that the drip, drip effect of seemingly mundane actions can still be abusive.) Missed opportunity for a great idea / voice.

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  • D
  • 09-18-19

Wholly Dissatisfying...

If you like ghost stories but prefer them to include an actual mystery surrounding the death of the ghost in question, this is not the book for you. If you like ghost stories where some kind of super natural moment or triumphant miracle occurs this is not the story for you. Beautifully written prose, the author has proven she can string together a series of pretty sentences. But overall they amount to... Nothing. It's just repetitive with no real stakes and no real closure. And for some reason, it seems like the author has written the female characters to be weak minded, empty vessels and she berates them throughout the book. It's almost as if she wanted the readers to judge these women for their stupidity, poor choices and blasé attitudes toward their own lives. There wasn't one character that we truly got to know or that we learned enough about to care about. The main character, our neighborhood friendly ghost, was so annoyingly indecisive even in death that I almost didn't even want to find out what happebed to her. And she, like the story and the narrator's montone voice, remained static throughout. This book and Apple Tree Yard got so many great reviews but I found both a bit bleh.

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  • CherryPie62
  • 09-03-19

Fell at the last chapter

Spoiler alert!

The book was read really well and was a compelling listen but, towards the end, I realised it was going to do a 'Lovely Bones' and forgive the person who hurt the main character. I hated that ending in The Lovely Bones and I hated this. At least the device was original in TLB but this is direct plagiarism.

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  • Fiona McCord
  • 09-01-19

Disappointing!

I loved the idea of this book but found it to be a run of the mill plot in the guise of a ghost story. Some of the authors ideas were good but were poorly executed. The last half hour was decent but not worth wasting over 9 hours to get there!

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