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I liked the story which unfolded gradually but carefully so you couldn't quite guess what was coming up. I liked the delicate and emphatic depictions of female emotions from young to old. I liked the down to earth setting and raw reality without pathos. I didn't like Graham Norton reading it himself as it always sounded like he was being funny, flippant and sarcastic like he is on his radio and tv shows. It would have given it far more gravitas to be read by someone expert in audible books. I would still recommend the book to anyone of any age as it covers a wide experience of life. That's why I've given it an overall score of 4 stars.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I have recommended to many already. And in both physical and audible versions everyone seems as enchanted as I was. Lovely, wonderful, warm and engaging novel - left open for a sequel that I cannot wait to read.
What other book might you compare Holding to, and why?
Richard Galbraith - Cuckoo's Calling. Reminded me of physically challenged characters trying to find their way to a normal life.
What does Graham Norton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He is a wonderful narrator. Hearing him read and bring to life his own charactors was enchanting.
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What made the experience of listening to Holding the most enjoyable?
Having Graham Norton read his own work made this special. He has a wonderful voice for narration.
What does Graham Norton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His Irish accent - it made the characters really come alive.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Very enjoyable murder mystery. Characters you can judge and cheer for at the same time. I am definitely buying his next book!