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2 out of 5 stars
By Steve Kirkwood on 12-16-12

Difficult to listen to

I got this on a recommendation from someone who had read the book. Very soon into listening to it I became very frustrated with the readers style, it seemed that the stresses and punctuations were all wrong, that is until I looked at the book. The author’s style is written like a mass of headlines and short sentences thrown together.



I struggled to finish the book and found the ending so unbelievable that it diminished any of the good I could recount. The prose is frustrating in a book that travels at 5 miles per hour on a road going nowhere.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By carolyn on 07-16-14

Perfect

if you like Anne Tyler then you will like this. I love the slow burn of stories about people where something but nothing happens. A man moves to newfoundland with his 2 children and tries to begin again after a tragedy. but there are old family ties that create the story and interweave with his life.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By DartmoorDiva on 09-01-16

Mesmerising

I almost didn't buy this as there were some downbeat reviews that talked of 'nothing much happening' and the prose being tricky. I couldn't agree less! I thought the characters and stories were wonderful and the writing style was amazing! I was enthralled and found it more like Kate Atkinson's style than Anne Tyler's, as another reviewer had suggested. It has the wonderful mix of the mundane and the surreal. I loved it. I haven't seen the film, but will be buying the DVD.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By ::m:: on 06-06-18

terrible sound quality

Not going to comment on the story, I am sure it is good. However, the quality of the audio recording is terrible so I'm giving this one a miss.

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