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The narrator's accent was grating and distracting. Once you get past the accent the story is beautifully told though. Wonderfully descriptive text.
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I really like Kate Tempest and it was great to hear her narrate this book herself. Her delivery is rhythmic and direct and the storyline pulls no punches in its description of south Londoners in their struggles through life in a similar vein to her Let Them Eat Chaos work. Kate is fantastic at building complex characters that are realistic and believable and her word play is incredibly detailed and compelling. The rounded vowels of her south London dialect provide authenticity which I cannot imagine for someone reading this story themselves.
I really struggled to get to the end of this listen and having got there I wonder why I bothered.
Unless you like grim humourless South London grime, drugs and misery I'd give this one a miss.
[spoiler sorry - not all that much story anyway]
There's a hook at the start - with a group of friends running away from South London.
Then there's about 10 chapters of boring back story
A bit of excitement in a small time drug dealing exchange going wrong
There's a showdown in a pub where the 2 strands of the story come together and explains why the friends are on the run. Then a final resolution of sorts.
Kate perfectly captures people, motivations, emotions, mood, London. She kept me enthralled, sad to finish
honest, raw, punchy and real. I receive so much from your writing, thanks Kate Tempest. big big fan.