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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-18

A kaleidoscope of sounds memories and people

This isn’t a fast moving book and the story is loosely related. But it’s a bit like a curry. Keep eating and you will enjoy the wonderful descriptions of Calcutta and its teeming humanity.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Fascinating and very impressive

This book should be required reading for doctors, educators, business CEOs and political parties everywhere. It’s also the best self help book you can read this year if you want to learn more, lose weight, increase your life expectancy, cut the lifetime risk of serious disorders like diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even cancer and become more efficient at work and enjoy your downtime better. The evidence presented is impressive and the narration is polished and professional

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Utter rubbish

What would have made Ayahuasca: Soul Medicine of the Amazon Jungle better?

I'm so disappointed in this audiobook - the author is very confused and talks boringly. Don't bother buying it.

Has Ayahuasca: Soul Medicine of the Amazon Jungle put you off other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Javier Regueiro’s performances?

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ayahuasca: Soul Medicine of the Amazon Jungle?

All of it

Any additional comments?

Instead read "Five weeks in the Amazon" by Sean Michael Hayes, it's a really good book (at least the Kindle version) Sean is open and honest.

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0 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

A real gem

Don’t be put off by Eva Delectorskaya’s rather contrived name - yes she does share her surname with (in real life) Russian model and emigré Lydia who collaborated with Henri Matisse rather than Britain’s secret service and throughout the book I couldn’t help but wonder if that seductive choice was somehow no literary accident. The book is beautifully read far better than the average spy story.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-17

Rushdie sends up NYC

If you could sum up The Golden House in three words, what would they be?

No going back

What other book might you compare The Golden House to, and why?

Compared to Midnight's Children this book lacks bite. One senses the author isn't drawn to New York - he hasn't really settled but lives out his time there. And so with the Golden family. Rushdie plays games with the reader, slowly building the personal architecture of the Golden household in satirical manner, then deliberately shocking.

Have you listened to any of Vikas Adams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Vikas Adams could not be bettered

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Anodyne. His writing has become like white jazz, intellectual, emotionally flippant/disengaged to avoid the pain of looking too closely.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-17

A huge disappointment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If only this had been as good as her first book

What could M. C. Beaton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I really enjoyed the original Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. That was light reading and rather endearing, a great send-up of village life in the Chilterns. I hoped this book would follow in the same vein. Instead it reads like a worn-out horse that can scarcely take another step. An appalling novel, characters so thin you can see through them.

What three words best describe Penelope Keith’s voice?

Posh but fun

What character would you cut from Agatha Raisin: Dishing the Dirt?

All of them

Any additional comments?

The arrival of a psychotherapist offers many delightfully embarrassing Freudian possibilities to the occupants of an English village but nothing is made of it. Instead she is disposed of much too early in the plot.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-16

Wonderful holiday reading

I love the narration: the postcards come to life and the events stay with me

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-16

Beautifully narration

As slow paced as the monastic era in which it was set, this is a hugely enjoyable holiday read.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Brought history to life

This book is wonderful- it brings British history to life through the actions of one man: Churchill. Boris Johnson makes it all so vivid. It was tough for me that he confuses British with English at various points throughout the book as my uncles and Father - all Scots - risked their lives and died for Britain in the war despite not being English. That's the only inaccuracy in this book. I cannot believe Churchill would have made this mistake. He was a man who understood Britain to the core.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-16

Beautifully read

This is a wonderful book greatly enhanced by the narrator- my only wish is that he pronounced valet in the British rather than American manner. I couldn't help reflecting on the true greatness of our rather understated culture and how much this great nation owes to the contributions of seemingly ordinary people who achieved great success without ever appearing in the limelight.

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