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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Uneven but riveting

I eventually really enjoyed this novel - historical references were all well done, the story at turns brutal, heartwarming, totally wrenching, angry making as any story about the world wars should be.
The narrator’s pronunciation of French and German were pleasant as was her rendition of the many accents required. Her pacing was a bit annoying to me, but not grating.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Fascinating, beautifully narrated.

Not just any author can self narrate, this one is a pleasure to listen to, beginning to end.
I’ve not yet read any of his novels but look forward to doing so very much, thanks to his exceptional storytelling.
The many history lessons were fascinating and often heartbreaking.
Highly recommended even if you aren’t already a John Le Carré fan.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

Fascinating, chilling, disturbing, and still entertaining

I wasn’t sure at the beginning about this book. I’m glad I stuck it out as the story warmed up and I became quite fond of the characters, worried about their well-being, hopeful that Good could conquer evil.
The narrator did a very good job as well with a variety of accents, ages, and even voiced the few women fairly well.
It was far more technical about flying than I could truly follow but again, sticking through it was rewarding.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-17

Carefully, cleverly, beautifully crafted.

Kate Atkinson is an incredibly skilled writer, with unique ideas and a very special approach to fiction - well informed by history and imagination.
Clearly she spends a great deal of time planning and researching before embarking on writing.
I read this shortly after Life after Life and am glad I did.
While neither are happy stories, they’re certainly fascinating, well narrated too.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Interesting, educational, worth a read.

I definitely enjoyed the story and narration though both had their shortcomings.
All the characters sounded German, and the author repeated descriptions too often - something you might not notice if you we

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

Lush, fascinating, rich in detail

A truly fascinating idea and story, with beautifully chosen words.
Some other reviewers felt it began too slowly but it didn't bother me at all, being given time to become accustomed to the idea of the story and the style of writing.
Though it's the same life story beginning and ending and beginning again, it's filled with surprises.
As an American, it's very educational as well - our experiences during the first half of the 20th Century being so very different than those of the English and Europeans.
The author inhabited her characters so well, I imagine I'll be thinking about them for months.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-17

A good story, needed a more skilled author

I enjoyed the plot very much, as other reviewers noted, the end was quite a surprise.
The story itself was well crafted but the writing was strangely flowery, poetic but not terribly well done - for example, people scampered and sauntered and strode when simple walking would have been suff

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Not Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and that's just fine

I truly enjoyed this novel, this, in the author's words, adaptation.
Being a 21st century woman I appreciated a thoughtful, intelligent Juliet. Who's to say 15th century young women weren't thoughtful and head strong? I suspect many of them truly objected to being possessions, first of their fathers, then of their husbands, nearly always far older than themselves.
I also appreciated the backstory given many of the characters, and above all, the historical setting and context.

If you're a die-hard Shakespeare devotee you'll need a sense of humor to enjoy this rendition, but of you like a good retelling, not always knowing precisely what will happen, then enjoy!

Narration - very good. Richard Armitage has a great facility with accents, most of the characters sound different enough from one another, and also appropriately similar. Louis sound like louts, educated folk sound educated. The old sound ancient and the young...perhaps a bit mature to be teens, but young and old, male and female- it's a lot to ask of one set of vocal chords.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Student reader??

I couldn't get through the first 20 minutes because of the reader.
She sounded like an 8th grade student reading a book report in front of the class.
The summary might have been written by that same 8th grade student.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Deeply touching and bittersweet

A lovingly narrated story about three very human Post-war theatricals in England; well researched, nicely detailed and quite interesting.

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