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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Pretty Good

When Tombs writes that this book is a brick in our history, he is not wrong. At 45.5 hours long, it is a heck of a read.

I actually really enjoyed it. Parts of it, like the bits about the Middle Ages and the post Second World War sections were a bit of a slog. The post WW2 section basically consisted of Thatcher, bits of Major, Blair and the Scottish Referendum, and it’s like... yeah, but that’s not everything? So parts could have stood to be a bit longer, a bit more in depth, though with the way the book was written, it flowed and it made sense.

I really was not a fan of the narrator. I liked him for parts of this book, because he had quite a nice speaking method and he was enjoyable to listen to, but he lisped on words ending with s, and I never realised how many words ended with that letter until it was 45.5 hours of semi-hell. I had to speed the book up to 2x and 2.5x at time to overcome this.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Really Good

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This was really interesting. I don’t know much about Korea, and it was really interesting to hear all of these different little facts. I loved how there were specific chapters dedicated to the USSR and China’s influence over Korea’s development.

I like how the books are pretty topical as well, how the book opens talking about Trump and ends talking about Obama. The final chapter which talks about the legacy of the Korean War was really interesting.

This was a really good trivia book, a good addition to O’Niell’s series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Brilliant

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I really enjoyed this book! I’ve never read the Numbers Game series, so this was my introduction to the series, and it really makes me want to read the main series because it was a well written, really believable and all the characters fell like real people.

The narrator, Stacey Glemboski, was brilliant. I don’t normally like narrator that are a different gender to the main character, but she was so good that I forgot about it. She voiced Richard and Beyu brilliantly, and it was so easy to tell which characters were speaking.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Good

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This was a good novel. I enjoyed the story and the writing was really good. I did feel like I suffered for not having read book one in this series, and I didn’t feel massively connected to the characters.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Fun

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This was a pretty fun read. I haven’t read the previous book in the series, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out by not having read it. Worth a listen, if you like vampires.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Interesting

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This was a really interesting take on a zombie apocalypse. The book itself had a lot of interesting ideas, and it really appealed to me, but I wasn’t a massive fan of the book itself. It didn’t keep my attention, and I often found myself having to rewind and relisten to chapters.

Andrew B. Wehrlen was a pretty good narrator. He made each character feel different, and he really embodied each character so they felt real.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Good Concept

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I really liked this story. The idea of being able to “ghost” is really cool, though not original, and I love the moral and ethical problems that arose from Mia’s ability and the idea of power corrupting.

I really liked Amir, and how he’s a guiding influence to Mia. I thought that his personality was really interesting.

I did find the climax of the book quite confusing, which made the ending of the book a bit weird. I wasn’t a massive fan of the tiny plot regarding Kisnia at the end, which I found a bit distasteful. I also found the bells that rang periodically through the audiobook a bit distracting.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-18

Good Advice

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This was a really good book. It gave some really good advice on prepping food, dealing with the fridge and freezer, types of meals to have at breakfast, dinner and tea. I really liked the portion of the book dedicated to the length of time that certain foods can last in a fridge or freezer, which I found quite informative.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-18

Pretty Good

I can’t believe I didn’t read this as a child. Surprisingly, I actually only knew this series existed because of the recent TV series.

That being said, I did really enjoy it, despite it being a children’s book. This book follows Mildred, a young witch in training who basically can’t do anything right, and is subsequently bullied by the perfect Ethel. She is joined in her adventures by her best friend Maud. I really like the friendship between Mildred and Maud, though parts felt a bit choppy and a bit out of character.

I also really liked the narration by Gemma Arterton. She made it feel like each character was different, and I particularly liked her narration regarding Miss Hardbroom.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-18

Fun

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This was actually a pretty fun read. It was really interesting to learn new things about New York, from theatre to historical battles to the Statue of Liberty to sports. I really enjoyed it, and I loved the test yourself section at the end of each chapter.

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