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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I've no idea who is going to like this book, after writing such an audacious debut novel it can only be read as a painfully dull follow up.
What was most disappointing about Diane Setterfield’s story?
It was told as some sort of parable, very basic and limited - no layering, no complexity. What you read is what you get. A moralistic tale with an achingly dull story at the heart of it.
Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Philpott’s performances?
No, the narrator had none of the gravitas that might have lifted this dirge to something with a bit more about it.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I stuck with it, so maybe it's not so bad. But then again, I think I only kept listening because I was sure at some point it would become as gripping as her last book. It never did.
Any additional comments?
Save your credit and listen to the unanimously mediocre reviews.
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What would have made Bellman & Black better?
Seemed interesting at first, but why so much death everywhere? Eventually I became inured to it, and stopped caring. Deeply disappointing as "The Thirteenth Tale" was so good.
Has Bellman & Black put you off other books in this genre?
Would you listen to another book narrated by Daniel Philpott?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bellman & Black?
Most of the second half.