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1 out of 5 stars
By rosie123 on 06-02-18

irritating nonsense

The narration is awful. The narrator, for some inexplicable reason, adopts a completely unrealistic tone of voice.
The writing style is strange and annoying.
I was only able to tolerate one and a half chapters before accepting that I couldn't care less what happened, or had happened to any of the characters, none of whom bore any resemblance to real people.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 02-26-16

Am I the only person who loves this book?

Would you listen to Poison again? Why?

This book is very intense and detailed and would definitely repay another listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poison?

It is all equally interesting.

What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This could be a hard book to read because it is virtually stream of consciousness. Justine Eyre has a wonderful, dry, rather nasty tone which animates the text and helps focus on the individual characters. The obsessive brooding atmosphere she creates is marvellous.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The reading drew me in to a mesmerising world of rivalry and intense feeling.

Any additional comments?

This novel is in fact a roman a clef which provides fascinating and detailed information about Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and their children Frieda and Nicholas, as well as Assia Wevill and Carol Hughes. It is also a good novel in its own right focussing unusually on many negative emotions that we all feel but rarely admit to.

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