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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I am okay with a European accent but, cockney Brittish just doesn't translate to me. I spend so much time figuring out what the heck was said or what possibly that could be sland for that I loose all track of the story.
What other book might you compare The Fall to and why?
I was repeatedly reminded of a book I read this year called Another Piece of My Heart. The author in that book did the same thing I dispise.... As the main character is in the heat of an action they begin to ask themselves repeated questions and ponder the ramifications. So that a run down the flight of the stairs can take five minutes of wondering what is at the bottom. I think it's a ploy to stretch the book out.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Three people??? Seriously?.... One good performance beats three ho hums
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fall?
MUCH of the interaction with the parents - Geeez Louise!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
The story was good, although you could kind of figure it out. But the performances of the three narrators were outstanding!
Charlotte is a pretty, middle-class, well-educated girl with a good job and her imminent wedding to Daniel and a great future ahead to look forward to. Keisha, a mixed race single mum, is struggling after giving up her chance of further education after becaming involved with her white boyfriend, Chris, having a child and then losing her to Social Services when Chris was accused of physically abusing the little girl. A horrifying event one night in a Camden club brought these two very different girls together in an unlikely union. Neither of them was directly responsible for what had happened but it affected their lives in so many difficult ways. The life of DC Hegarty, a young copper, was also changed when he became involved in the story. The three narrators brought these main characters, plus those that surrounded them, to life in a most believable way and I really cared about the outcome as the girls fought for themselves and the men in their lives. Claire McGowan has written a super book.
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If you could sum up The Fall in three words, what would they be?
Great book but very nearly ruined by the choice of narrator as Charlotte, Jane Collingwood would be very good as a children's book narrator. Think of a scene where a young woman is being brutally beaten unconscious in a public toilet but read aloud in the style of Mr Tumble, from CBeebies at tea time.......
Any additional comments?
The other narrators were good. It's still worth listening to.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful