Jamrach's Menagerie

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3 out of 5 stars
By Charles on 10-25-11


I was very much looking forward to listening to this book; based upon both its good reviews elsewhere and its shortlisting for the Booker Prize. Having done so I can confidently state both that it is well written with some very powerful scenes and also very well read. Unfortunately I didn't particularly enjoy it and the only reason I can suggest is that no matter how exciting or traumatic the adventures experienced by the narrator and his companions I felt oddly distant from the action. Perhaps this was because I found it difficult to empathise or identify with or even particularly like any of them. I appreciate that this is a purely personal reaction and others may fare better but I thought it worth mentioning in case you are thinking of spending a credit on the book.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 11-01-11

Not for me

I found some of the passages in this this book rather disturbing and suspect that many others will feel the same. It is difficult to warn people of exactly what themes are involved without 'spoiling' the storyline, suffice it to say that there are quite graphic descriptions of themes that many will find abhorrent. This is not to say that the book is not well written - it is. When the story rolls along, as it sometimes does, this is a good yarn well told. However, there are numerous pauses for description and philosophy which hold up the storytelling to the detriment of the whole. And it is this, rather than the disturbing scenes, that reduces my rating to three stars.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By William on 02-28-15

Beautiful prose.

Such magical story telling. I could visualize this book in my minds eye with great clarity and colour. You can taste the salt of the sea.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Skye on 10-29-12

Excellent narration of a very, very good book

This was a great choice to spend my credit on. Not especially fast-paced, still it gripped me all the way through, and a good part of the reason is the wonderful narration of Dave John... spot on!! For me the narrator is crucial to an audiobook. So many great stories I can't buy because I can't get on with the voice, but this one was perfect. The story is beautifully written too.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 11-24-11


I loved this book. It's just so ... lovely. I'm not so sure of the ending ... but the beginning and the middle are so satisfying. It's a tale of the sea, of exotic ports and mythical creatures. I enjoyed it very much.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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