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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Disappointing

Such a disappointment. From the description it sounded so interesting. I loved the narration and appreciated the fine writing style, but the story and lack of emotion in the characters kept me from engaging in the story. It was a struggle to finish.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-18

The only good thing was the narration

I just couldn't get into this book. The story jumps back and forth in time, which isn't always a bad thing, but in this case, it destroyed any continuity. And characters were all just.... well, I guess I'd have to say they were Southern gothic, weird and disturbed. The only thing commendable was the narration. Too bad it was wasted on this bizarre story.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Good start, but too cliched

This had a good start, but unfortunately the author relied on too many cliches. Closeted homosexuality, lovers separated by war and impossible choices, mental illness; there was just too much tragedy. There is a dual timeline switching the story between WWII and present-day 2011, and the present-day characters aren't very interesting. I did like the narration, although she read the male characters with a slower cadence that was distracting.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Great book !

I really enjoyed this terrifically entertaining mystery. The author "inserts" himself into the story and I thought that was a nice touch. The consulting detective, Hawthorne, is a Sherlock Holmsian type, and would have been a hard sell as the main character without "Anthony Horowitz" to offset his abrasiveness. The narration by Rory Kinnear was excellent as well. A great book for mystery lovers👍

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Very entertaining n spite of narration

I really liked the story with its wicked humor and over-the-top villainess, Eve Morton ( "All About Eve" anyone ?). Unfortunately, the narration was just too overly dramatic. It was distracting until I began to filter out the excessive delievery and just focused on the characters and plot. Katherine Kellgren is a good narrator, but her style didn't suit this.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Updated "Talented Mr. Ripley"

Very reminiscent of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" with a gender switch and a current time frame. ( Social media is a major tool in deception.) This is a story where no one is likeable or sympathetic, and everyone seems to live only for partying. A twisted story about pretty awful people.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Interesting medical history

Very enlightening. How far the field of medicine has evolved in the past 150 years. It's astonishing that people survived any medical procedures done before Dr. Lister's implementation of sterile operating.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Charmless

Very disappointing. From the description, I expected a light, romantic story with likeable characters. This wasn't it. The characters were all irritating and the romance was either strained, awkward or non-existent. The narratoras a great voice, but perhaps he was the wrong choice for this story. There was no lightness or humor in the reading...although I tend to believe that this is due to the writing. A story without charm.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Sweet and sentimental

The kind of story to listen to when you need a reality break. The characters are a bit one-dimensional, and the magical realism doesn't always work, but it's a story with a good heart. And there are some great dogs in the story, too.🐶 The narration was good, especially Jane Collingwood.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Slow build to a powerful story

I would describe this a a very deliberately-paced story, and that is meant as praise for the author's ability to establish the settting and characters. The writing is almost cinematic - I could visualize the scenes so clearly ( be forewarned, there is horrific violence, vividly discribed, so this isn't for the faint-hearted). The story is somewhat predictable, but this is a morality tale, not a tale of suspense. I thought the ending was poignant and haunting.

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