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Jack C

LONDON, UK
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

brilliant writing, simple story but heartbreaking

Tough in parts, loved the description of normal life before the horror strikes. quite short for King and all the better for it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Unforgettable description of bombing civilians

A rare book balancing both sides of the war. The original 24. A must read.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-14

Superb story let down by weak narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Waiting for Sunrise to be better than the print version?

The print edition is better but not by much. With a more accomplished narrator it would be comparable.

What did you like best about this story?

The central character, who is flawed, humane and very easy to empathise with.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

High pitched voice, lacked the gravitas to read the autobiographical sections as the theatrical Lysander. Otherwise a bland, effete British voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Read the book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-08

Extraordinary

This is without any doubt the best work of fiction I have ever listened to. The book is fabulous, literate and pleasing in every possible way. The narrator does a first class job and clearly understands and enjoys playing Engleby. Memories of this book will stay with me for a very long time.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-08

Extraordinary

This is an unusual book, beautifully written and crafted around the conceit of an angel telling us the story of the ancestry of Adolf Hitler. Without drawing conclusions about nature versus nurture and the fact that this book is fiction, it does make one reappraise our wrongheaded beliefs that Hitler had a boring "normal" upbringing, and somehow turned bad. The parochial atmosphere of provincial Austria is superbly described. Listen to it with an open mind and you'll love it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-07

Masterful

It was such a pleasure to listen to an intelligent novel whose beauty lies in it's simplicity. Boyd manages to inter-weave two distinct plot lines and end up with a satisfying conclusion. It's tense, thrilling and romantic. A must listen in unabridged form. The female narrator is an accomplished British actress (even been in a Bond film!) and she's sublime in the delivery and pitching of each character. She even has the French words spoken without fault. So in conclusion the source material from Boyd is great and the delivery even better.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-06

Hilarious

One of the funniest things I've listened to all year. (2005) Listening to the Trump chapter alone is worth the price of entry. He's a witty and intelligent writer and very well read. Put a smile on your face and listen to this book.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-06

Wise words

The sheer brilliance of the authors comes out in the first minutes. Like sitting in the lecture theatre listening to an exceptional mind. A pleasure and privilege to listen.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-06

Brilliant

Beautifully read, wonderful uplifting content. What more could one want. Even the most jaded and cynical of you won't fail to be captivated. Colonic irrigation for the soul!

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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-06

Didn't work

This is very personal and difficult to rate. The recording is professional but the voice grates. The reader has a slight cockney accent, certainly not flat received prononciation (the Queen's english if you may), which makes him sound like someone trying to sell me a used car at an east London market stall. Ok I am labouring the point, but the content would have been much more powerful if he had used a professional reader with a pleasant voice. Regional accents are fine in some circumstances, but not here and not for an international audience. Hypnosis requires the most subtle communication and is weakened by the reader's vowells and stacatto diction.

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2 of 13 people found this review helpful