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I picked this book because of the narrator, l’ve enjoyed many of her books before, but story was very slow, l was glad when it finished
Is there anything you would change about this book?
It is a long book. Within it there are 3 sections in each of which a significant crime is committed. This is a great structure. But the book is filled with back story and explanation of character's observations and responses. Personally I think it needs a very severe edit in order to bring the focus much more clearly onto the crimes and their intentions and results.
What could Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Less words. Too many descriptions and backstories.
Which scene was your favorite?
None of the scenes was particularly memorable to me. In spite of all the explanations and descriptions, the characters did not come alive to me. Having said that, I still think the concept in the book is terrific - that of elderly people grabbing life by the throat and shaking the gold from it.
Did The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules inspire you to do anything?
I haven't started planning a crime spree, but I think I will be very vigorous in editing my own writing.
Any additional comments?
So - I think - listen to this story when you need a long and meandering tale that has excellent concepts in it - grey power and the Zimmer Frame Gang standing up against the inequalities in their world - and told in a slightly amused, slightly ironic voice. But don't expect anything profound.
The book started well, and I enjoyed the first couple of hours. It then got very silly and boring, and I didn't finish it.
The premise is a good one, and the characters, although extreme, are engaging. But the situation gets too unbelievable and silly. At the point where where I thought 'That wouldn't work' I lost interest.
But it would make a very good sitcom...
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What made the experience of listening to The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules the most enjoyable?
The narration was really suited to the story, lighthearted easy to follow and forever cracking a smile.
What did you like best about this story?
Although simple, the way the story weaved from unlikely situation to the next was great, highly enjoyable.
Have you listened to any of Patience Tomlinson’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This is the first one Ive listened to, but would listen to others in the future
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Oldtimers keen to get more from life than a bus pass
Any additional comments?
If you liked 'the 100 year old man who climbed out of the window' you will love this.
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