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Madeleine

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A tale for all ages

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Reviewed: 2019-10-18

Had to stop listening to this in bed ad it was too emotionally intense. A sweet, moving story about coming to terms with our worst fears, wrapped up in a mythical tale involving a teen and his mortally sick mother. There's a lesson in this for all of us, no matter how old.

Excellent book, great narrator

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Reviewed: 2019-10-17

Very smart, very relevant. Sci-fi with a serious message that just happens to be a gripping adventure at the same time. Highly recommended.

A must read

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Reviewed: 2019-06-04

Listened to this while walking dogs and doing chores. I am going the read the Kindle version now as there is so much to process. The report is a thorough, carefully researched (case law after case law) piece of work. Clearly, without the destruction of evidence and obstructive witnesses, there would be no doubt in anyone's mind that the US is being run by incompetent criminals who will still face justice in due course. let's hope it's sooner rather than later before even more damage can be done to our world....a world we all share!

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Boring and dated.

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Reviewed: 2019-03-20

Very dull, predictable story. Narrator unable to do the accents described, e.g. Liverpudlian, as in The Beatles. He didn't even try, just did a generic Northern accent. Don't waste your credits.

Soft porn pretentiousness

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Reviewed: 2019-03-08

Wow, couldn't get beyond the first few chapters. After wading through tedious descriptions of nothing much, I hoped that the story was building to something worth the anticipation, but found instead, to my great disappointment, that it was just leading to the author's creepy sexual fantasies and obsessions. After listening to get another description of breasts and older men lusting after teenage girls, I'd had quite enough. Our female protagonist suddenly asks a much older man if he has a large cock and wants to see it. For goodness sake, if this isn't the self-indulgent fantasy of an aging male author, I don't know what is! I was expecting something more cerebral than this garbage.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Short, but engrossing.

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Reviewed: 2019-01-18

Good, unpredictable and strange mystery story. The protagonists are such believable characters that I was sorry to end the book. The narrator was excellent and really helped the book come to life. I'll definitely read more of the series as I want to know how my 'new friends' are doing and what mysteries they are unravelling

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Unexpected gem

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Reviewed: 2018-12-30

My new favorite author. Bought this book on sale and very glad I did. Found out, to my delight, that the author is a BC man who lives not too far from myself. That's beside the point though as I would have loved the book no matter where the author was from. Some serious human issues, combined with fun science and all wrapped up with a pinch of dry humour made this hard to predict book worth every minute spent listening. Add to that the exceptional narration of Ray Porter and you have a winner.

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Almost perfect.<br />

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Reviewed: 2018-12-12

As far as content goes, my only gripe was the depiction of the Cathars as Satan worshippers which was a shame, given that history describes them as living pretty pure lives Narration accents were inconsistent with the main protagonist, Holly Sykes, going from lower class to upper class and back again, depending on who was narrating. Other than that, I loved the stories within the story and the smart dialogue. So nice to listen to a well written book for a change.

Ruined by the narrator.

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Reviewed: 2018-11-15

This would have been a really enjoyable story if it weren't for the narrator. An authentic Russian accent, for sure , but a stilted, monotone throughout and read as if she didn't understand what she was reading. When I researched the narrator, she was described as an actress. Beyond me how she could get employment as an actress,, given her terrible performance of this book. I would hope she could do better in her native tongue. Several times, I had to pause the book to figure out what the meaning was as her pronunciation of some words confused me. Her phrasing was way off to the point where sense was lost. Really too bad as she ruined the book for me. I think Audible should request another narrator for this book to do it justice. Hey, I'll even do it for free!

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#audible1. Very timely!<br />

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Reviewed: 2018-09-23

Very glad I picked this up when it was on sale. Quite honestly, it would be well worth a credit.

This book describes High
-Conflict Personality Types and their likely behaviours with tips on how to deal with them. Notably, both Narcissistic personalities and Sociopathic personality types (quite often found together) are drawn to politics and other positions of power. Their ability to dazzle others by their confidence and charisma makes them especially dangerous; more so when they are indifferent to the suffering they may cause others. Their need for conflict is almost addictive as, unlike the rest of us, conflict calms them physiologically, rather than putting them in physical jeapardy. Hmmm, any real life examples spring to mind?
Yes, there are also other High-Conflict Personality types described in this book too, and I would urge readers to pay attention to these descriptions too.

All in all, a valuable reference book and one I shall listen to again and again.