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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Wonderful Book

This book enthralled from the beginning. The narrator drew me into her world of decline into dementia; not in a depressing way though. As her battle with the disease progressed she showed immense courage and determination; continually trying to outwit dementia. Sometimes, she was successful in this for a long time.

The book is Inspirational, Moving and uplifting. I wish this had been around when a relative of mine had dementia.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

A good family saga

Jilly Bond's narration was stunningly good. She brought all the characters to life and the voices were distinct from one another. A complex family drama with a few twists and turns.
An enjoyable read.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-17

Not as enjoyable as others she has written.

I kept waiting to enjoy this book but never quite got there . I also found certain aspects of the story quite fanciful and frustrating. Having loved 'Iris and Ruby' and ' Midnight Sun' I was left disappointed. Rula Lenska is a spectacular narrator but the editing of paragraphs was annoying; Sometimes barely a second passed before jumping into the next para. Editor... Please note!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-17

Not her best


The story was fast paced initially but lost some of this toward the end. This made the final part disappointing.

Personally, I found the some of the narrator's character voices very bland and irritating. She played Vera well but some of the other characters less so.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-17

Loved this book

This was my first William Boyd book and I was sad when it finished.

The story was well constructed and also interesting. The characters were both complex and well developed. I did not expect the final denouement. That was a surprise.

Well worth reading.


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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-17

Not as good as The Olive Farm but worth the read

I didn't enjoy some parts of the book because I felt as though the author was on a bit of a rant. Although I heartily agree with her sentiment, it was not a relaxing read, as was expecting. However, the latter part of the book was good.

When C D is at her best, her writing is poetic. The latter part of the book lived up to this.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-17

Very Enjoyable Listen

I enjoyed the story and the narrator. Thought it may be a bit corny at the end, but it wasn't and the characters were well constructed.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-17

A Wonderful, Must - Read Book

Would you listen to Go Set a Watchman again? Why?

The narrative is engaging from the beginning, setting a clear picture of the characters and the deep south of America at a period in the past. I could not wait for the next opportunity to listen. The narrator was superb. No mistakes and very committed to the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jean Louise for her courage and lack of fear to tackle the establishment. Atticus was a close second, for his understanding of the world he lived in and how to 'fight from the inside'.

What does Reese Witherspoon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

RW was the best narrator I have come across. She gives each character a clear voice, both literally and figuratively. I was sad for the book to end.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When JL tackled her father and came away with a broken heart. Her Uncle's patient understanding and her father's in accepting her need to her own opinions; and her need to see and tackle the world in her own way.

Any additional comments?

Why have I not read this before! I have been aware of it, but had no idea of the richness of the narrative and the historical concept. A must read. Really stirs the conscious and makes one think very carefully before jumping to judgemental conclusions.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-17

Wonderful.

Beautiful prose and a fascinating journey. Narration was excellent and engaging. I m sad to ha e reached the end and will return..

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Wow. A journey

Beautiful lyrical narrative. Wonderful narrator. At times a violent, but not gratuitously so. My first Peter Nay book. Not NY last!

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