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Vicuña

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

One of the best audio books ever...

Narration is convincing and consistent abduction was totally captivated. The plotting is intricate with many twists which make it difficult to know how it’ll all come together.

This is a truly epic work; Dickensian in character, plot,language and themes. A lost inheritance, murder, the underbelly of society and the titled...it’s all there.
This is a story I didn’t want to end. It’s Booker standard; a truly outstanding and spellbinding tale that rattles along at a cracking pace. Near the to of my top 10 all time favourite audio books and I have a few hundred. Don’t miss this and there’s a poignant author interview at the end; I was unaware and saddened to learn that Michael Cox died in 2009.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-18

Superb

Le Carré at his best. Humour, intrigue, insight. Powerful and compelling storytelling. One of his best.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Got bored and abandoned after two thirds

Narration is good but found the story incredibly dull. Kept losing attention and having to rewind. Gave up with about three hours left.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Twisted and skilled plotting

Wow, what a story. From a simple beginning this built up not by bit into a complex thriller that had me reeling. So many unexpected twists as a double suicide turns into something far more complex.

Strong characters, all unreliable narrators, an interesting police officer with his own troubles and an ending that literally made me gasp. Great author q and a at the end of the book. Loved this.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Blend of fact and fiction works well

Central fictional characters are well rounded and plausible and the real life figures slot in well. Some twists and turns and enough interest to keep you listening.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Weird but interesting

Dreadful author narration. Ronson’s voice is flat and dull but if you persevere there are some seriously odd stories. Much food for thought.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Strange and compelling

Wasn’t sure what a story about digging up a cemetery and relocating bones would work as a fact based work of fiction. Pure is a fast paced, skilfully plotted and atmospheric tale...in literally every sense.

Andrew Millers people are almost visual as is Paris and later rural northern France. They’re dark, sometimes subversive, humorous and totally plausible. The malodour pervaded almost every page and seeps into the story metaphorically and literally. I was totally gripped by a fast moving tale.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Fascinating

Excellent narration brings the subject to life. Relevant examples, ancient and modern give context. If you love words and reading you’re likely to enjoy this.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Builds slowly

Starts off slowly, cleverly setting the scene and characters. Then it turns dark and even darker. Enjoyed the slow burn twisted plotting and character development. Epilogue is a belter.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Wow what a story

Patrick Gale writes in such an understated way but his stories and characters are so powerful they leave you thinking long after you’ve finished.

There’s a great mix of characters here. Upper class British to Canadians and other settlers. There’s a great sense of place as the narrative moves from Uk to the bleak cold of settlers in Canada.

I was swept along desperate to know how it would all workout. Compassionate and honest, I cared about the central characters and felt their heartbreak. Rewarding and thought provoking.

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