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  1. The Robber Bride

    It was the same for me, as usual I found Atwood's command of language captivating and I engaged immediately with the characters but as the story wore on I became less enthralled and more just reading to get to the end. I found the ending a bit of a let down, as if Atwood had run out of ideas for her characters and the major event at the end was just an easy way to finish it all. What began as intriguing just slowly became mediocre. Though of course I wish I could write mediocre a tenth as well as Atwood can
  2. An Officer and a Spy

    Just finished reading this and like previous comments I was very impressed by how Harris handled the telling of the story. Almost unveiling the events in a methodical way (though never boring), mirroring the process of investigation. The 'characters' were very believable, of course they were real people but some novellists tackling historical people and event don't always capture the essence of the characters. Like Viccie I was struck by how easy it would be for this kind of conspiracy to be played out in our 21st century political landscape, especially given the events in America over the past couple of years. It re-enforced my belief that we should never fully trust any of our 'leaders'. Once power has been gained politicians have a tendency to do whatever they can to remain in power and become remote from the very people they are supposed to be serving. A thoroughly enjoyable book. I will try more of the books by Robert Harris.
  3. I read most of, if not all of her books when I was younger. I enjoyed them then but I think I would probably find them very dated now. The Christie the BBC put out last year seemed dated and the recent film version of Murder on the Orient Express also felt very dated. The forensics etc just don't stand up. But I really enjoyed this version of ABC Murders. It felt like it was set in the era but was a contemporary story. I liked the portrayal of Poirot, I felt it made him more human rather than the camp effeminate caricature Suchet portrayal. I appreciate Suchet may have been portraying him more accurately as far as the books go but his Poirot always felt two dimensional rather than this new 'warts and all' version of him.
  4. Book Lists 2019

    4 - Whisky From Small Glasses by Denzil Meyrick (audio) 3 - The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell (audio) Last Kingdom book two. 2 - The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood 1 - An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (audio) Films 1 - Old Man and a Gun - cinema 2 - Bookshop - Streaming 3 - Man Up - BBC iplayer 4 - Stan & Ollie - cinema 5 - Sweet Bean - Film Society 6 - Close - Streaming 7 - Green Book - cinema 8 - The Guardians - Film Society TV 1 - ABC Murders 2 - Endeavour - Season Two 3 - Made in Scotland - Billy Connolly 4 - Million Joke Man - Bob Monkhouse 5 - Endeavour - Season Three 6 - Christmas University Challenge 7 - As Time Goes By - Season One 8 - Endeavour - Season Four 9 - As Time Goes By - Season Two 10 - Endeavour - Season Five 11 - As Time Goes By - Season Three 12 - Tenko - Season One 13 - Foyle's War - Season One Gigs, theatre, exhibitions etc 1 - Babel with Gabriel Montero and Scottish Ensemble - Perth 2- Ocean Liners exhibit - V&A Dundee
  5. If ever there was a reason, a justification needed for the existence of BGO it would be this book. I can only reaffirm all the previous praise lauded on this book in the many reviews. This really is a very special novel. Not only are we immersed in the lives of these two great men, we are transported around the world and into the past. A past that still reverberates in our daily lives. This book really is a revelation, not just in all the historical fact it imbues but in the skillful way in which Thompson handles the writing. As deft as Fitzroy himself handled the Beagle. A huge thank you to Jen for starting this thread and Meg for bringing this book to my attention.
  6. Elevation

    I had this on pre-order but sent it back on arrival as I didn't think it was worth the money for 132 pages. I'll look out for it when it starts appearing on the second hand lists .
  7. Thanks for the review MisterHG this sounds like a good book for my audio listening, I'll add it to the list.
  8. Just finished reading this and enjoyed it until the last part where Roth tries to explain the reasons why Lindberg behaved the way he did. This just didn't work for me it was as if he was trying to say a 'great' American could only do the things he did in the book if he were influenced by other parties (I'm trying to say this without giving away any salient information - and probably failing!). Of course we are all influenced by others but this was a specific kind of influence which just made a complete mockery of the rest of the book. The narration was very believable and I very quickly became immersed in the story. Unfortunately the ending was dreadful, as Roth just got bored with the book and thought "Oh I can't be bothered with this anymore I'll just stop here".
  9. I have been a member for years now and really like service. I pay £7.99 a month for one book but they don deals of the day and I find I'll usually buy at least a couple of those (£1.99 or 2.99) a month and those last me the full month. I've always got credits to use and I have plenty of books on their cloud waiting to be read. I listen using my phone and the app is easy to use and everything works fine.
  10. The City and The City (TV adaptation)

    After reading Luna's (review/comments - can't remember which) on this book I tried to read but I found I really didn't care for it. I tried watching the series tho as I thought I liked the concept of the novel but still it didn't click with me. I just don't like the characters and the not seeing people thing doesn't work for me.
  11. His Bloody Project

    Can I just add my thanks to Mr HG and the amount of reviews he posts. I don't pay much attention to the run up to the Booker prize so I probably wouldn't have been aware of this novel without his review. I don't always respond to your reviews Mr HG but I do read them with interest.
  12. His Bloody Project

    I finished this a few days ago and have like others on this thread I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked all the different aspects from the personal account to the extracts from books to the trial. The author seemed to handle all these aspects with great skill and even though I knew it was a novel I still had moments when I thought it was based on a true story. As for the ambiguous nature of some of the testimony etc I think that made it more real. In an actual trial we only have the participants word for what actually happened and even eye witnesses have been shown to make mistakes so I liked that the author left us wondering.
  13. Amazon

    To be honest Hazel I don't normally bother with reviews for good or bad service on Amazon so I couldn't say for definite but as per iff's post it would seem you can put reviews on for items you have rec'd a refund.
  14. Amazon

    I haven't bought from there for a while but only because I'm trying not to buy more books at the moment. I always had some issues with some of the books I bought but always got a full refund through Amazon and usually got to keep the book as well so it never worried me. But sounds like it is getting worse. Do you put reviews of the seller on? Maybe that's the only way to change it, if they get enough bad reviews they'll either get better or you'll know not to buy from them because their percentage drops.
  15. But reading a book isn't about memorising everything in the book (I'm talking about fiction here). I doubt if most people with average memory can recall most of what they read. Reading novels for me is about immersing myself in the world created not about being able to sit an exam on how much I've remembered. So for me it doesn't matter if I'm reading a physical book or an audio book it is about the story and the quality of the writing not the medium with which I use to read.