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Another brilliant book from Patrick Gale. All the elements we have come to expect - fantastic characterisation, insightful study of family dynamics, several points of view, twists and turns along the way. The idea of beginning each chapter with a note from an exhibition seems like the kind of thing I wouldn't like, but it was great actually. Well worth a credit.
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to. Just loved it and Steven Pacey's reading made it all the more enjoyable. Highly recommended. Please can we have some more of Patrick Gale's books ready by Steven Pacey. Thank you - just wonderful.
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I don't often give books 5 stars, but this one really deserved it. An intriguing and well-constructed plot, believable and interesting characters, fine, subtle writing without any pretentiousness - what more could you want? It was beautifully-read, too. I was really sorry when it came to an end - but hurrah! The ending was satisfying, and not cliched or predictable.
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Would you listen to Notes from an Exhibition again? Why?
Occasionally I plan to listen again to an audiobook sometime in the future, but I will listen to this one again much sooner than most. I really enjoyed the story. At first, it seemed a little disjointed in the style of John Le Carre, but this is a human story not a spy story and the various strands all come together very satisfyingly.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Notes from an Exhibition?
I most remember the finish. I didn't want it to finish. It was like a great tasting meal that I wanted to go on and on. And yet I knew I was satisfied. It was full of taste and flavour. When it finished, I was almost shocked and disappointed but then, within minutes, I was savouring and relishing it all, and thinking how good it had been and how well written it was.
What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The performance was very good. But the story was so good that it has overwhelmed my recall of Pacey's performance. I will pay more attention when I listen again. The performance certainly did not detract from the book. Perhaps the fact that the book was so alive for me suggests how competent Steven Pacey was. I would certainly listen to more of him.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I was moved but not by a single moment. At first I thought the book was going to be very ordinary but the various strands started to emerge and I became more and more enthralled as it progressed. I'm not sure when in the book it happened, but my perception of the main subject changed from seeing her as a selfish not-very-likeable woman to a sort of heroine. I don't quite know how it happened but the author weaves a magical story that stirred my thoughts and emotions.
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loved it. I think this might be my fav Payrick Gayle so far and I have read a few.