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christina

Chislehurst, United Kingdom
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-16

good book

I don't know why I like Jane Green books so much but I do. Predictable storylines and cartoonish characters but somehow her writing is really engaging. This one is a good example

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

A bit of a struggle

Although this book is clearly well written, the characters are so unlikeable that I really struggled to finish it. I suspect that if I was reading it rather than listening to it I may very well have given up. The narrators are good, though I like Amy's voice better than Nick's so there was a jolt every time they switched while I got used to the voice again. If you like psychological thrillers then I wouldn't want to put you off altogether - as I said - it is well written,I just found that because I wasn't routing for one of the characters the plot wasn't enough to hold me.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-11

Good, not great

This is a reasonably good book. The characters are believable and engaging and the description is quite vivid. I found the narrator a bit bland - she didn't add a great deal. The other thing I found was that the description of the food was a bit monotonous. Everything was the most wonderful thing she'd ever eaten. It would have made for a believable story, and made it easier for the reader to empathise if there'd been a few nice things, a few not so good, as there are for most people discovering a cuisine. But still a decent book, engaging plot and not badly written

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-11

Storming good read

Great book read by a narrator who really brings it to life.. The characters are all three times larger than life. Not in any way believable as real people but you care about them all the same. There are regular laugh out loud moments. It's not for the easily offended though

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

A good story hideously overworked

I really like the basic story of this, but it's just swathed in so much literary nonsense - repeated jumps back and forward in time, long personal introspections with no relation to the plot - that I found it really heavy going. But then I do enjoy audiobooks mainly for the storytelling rather than enjoyment of the literary art.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

An excellent and honest account

I really enjoyed this. He really draws you into his world and makes you feel like you're out there with him on his isolated hill. The downside of that is that you can get quite frustrated by his little foibles - more than once I found myself wanting to shout "get a grip of yourself, it's only a bloody chicken" at my ipod, but I suppose that's part and parcel of an honest account of life. Another slightly annoying tendency is the way he often leaves a story hanging and returns to it only in passing. Even if it's only an insignificant event, you want to know how it concludes. But overall a very good and engaging listen

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

Clever and well written, but felt a bit clinical

This is definitely a well written book and good example of the writer's craft. There are stories within stories, clever metaphors, etc. And the characters are quite well done as well - they definitely feel like real people. I just found myself not really getting drawn in. I think this was maybe because it felt too much like an exercise for a creative writing course - sometimes the writer seemed to prioritise the use of interesting literary techniques over basic storytelling. Not to say the story was a dud, but I never really found myself wondering what would happen next

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

Just enough technical detail and a good story

I've worked a lot in financial regulation so I understood a lot about the events described already, but I still learned a few things from this. All the technical details are well explained and I think people without a financial background could understand a lot of it as well.

As for the story, it's well done. If I have a criticism, it's that it's a bit too black and white - Lewis's world is populated by two types of people - one group who are smart, hardworking and honest, and another who are stupid, shady and just out to make a quick buck. But I guess he exaggerated the characters a bit to make the story more engaging. And engaging it is. Would recommend to anyone interested in understanding what caused the crisis but not wanting to get bogged down in technical analyses

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

pretty good, just doesn't quite hang together

I downloaded this because I'd just finished watching Generation Kill on TV and it got me really interested in the lives of military personnel. I did enjoy this book. It feels like an honest portrayal - the storyteller comes over as very brave and strong but also fallible and, on several occasions, a little bit deranged. And in a lot of the sections you feel like you know what it would be like to be out there. The bits I liked least were the (long) battle scenes. He doesn't give any real sense of time so you never know whether the events are spread over days or just minutes. Also he seems to take a lot of very odd decisions which kind of jar with the narrative. I'm sure a lot of us would do some strange things under that kind of stress, but it's never really explained. But overall still a worthwhile and interesting listen and a good insight into the life of a soldier

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful