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One of the best books I have ever listened to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-01

My gosh these 2 are messed and deserve each other. This book is so worth it. If you love messed up characters and twisted stories you got the right book here

The Ruins Ruined me Goooooood

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Reviewed: 2020-01-27

I love this book and this was an amazing listen. It’s so dynamic and gripping. You will never regret it.

READ TILL THE LAST PAGE

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Reviewed: 2020-01-14

wow what a good story.
To my taste, the narrator was not my favourite.
Other than that it was a very good story kept me guessing until the last page literally.

One of the best horror books I have read

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Reviewed: 2020-01-09

Very entertaining read/ listen it’s beautifully written. The end I didn’t see it going this way. The last character stayed alive was not the character I thought would. Just surprised me in a beautiful way and sad too

More than just a horror novel

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Reviewed: 2020-01-04

Kealan Patrick Burke has crafted a story that's terrifying and complex with a real meaning beyond just gory. Must read

Painful and gruesome yet gripping and interesting

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Reviewed: 2019-12-29

It’s honestly one of the best horror novels I have came across. Like this is what I call horror. Not shy from a vivid images that makes your stomach churning. The performance was really good.

If you want a fast read page turning story........

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Reviewed: 2019-12-26

You can easily enjoy this book by only listening to it without actually reading along its precisely fast fast pace and interesting read

A story that needed to be told but could’ve been done better

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Reviewed: 2019-12-25

This is an Honest review you might not agree with my opinion but that’s why it’s mine 😊

(My review is based on the English version only)
This book is a mixed bag for me. I absolutely feel proud and happy to read a novel by an Iraqi novelist. The setting of the novel is nostalgic yet painfully vivid since I have lived and familiar with the streets of Baghdad and familiar with the horrifying actions from bombs to shattered meet all over the streets I get how horrific and terrifying it is and I am glad that Ahmed Saadawi have shared this image raw and unfiltered And why it should be since it’s the truth we live in.
I love the concept of the story and I love the metaphors in this story and I love how the Iraqi flavour is evidence in the story the raw pain and sadness. However I have to be honest here.
The pace of the story flys buy so fast it’s a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. I was hoping for more descriptive scenes to soak me inside the story. I need the story to be slow at some points to see what’s really happening.
The format of the story is a bit messy to me and I didn’t enjoy the chaotic jumping in between characters and events. The mystery could’ve played out much better in my opinion.
Also why all the female characters are portrait horribly? Is it to reflect on how the Iraqi society look at women? If so, well it was not clear at all. All women in this book are mad or prostitute or looked at as sex object. It reflects the ‏misogynistic society in Iraq but it’s done poorly sorry 😐

Not that I am against drinking because god knows I love it 😻 BUT drinking was portrayed ‏as if it is a socially acceptable drink while I know for fact is not as easy and common as it is In this book. It would have loved to see the struggle for a man to get a drink or show the shame of hiding the smell of drink because that’s more believe for the society over there let’s be honest. Maybe Ahmed Saadawi wanted to Appeal to the western audience which I believe it’s a wrong way to do it because you can win a wider audience by painting am authentic image because that’s what people wants to see.
All in all I liked the book and I think it’s a cool story but it’s not a story I would reread anytime soon maybe in the far future to see If I read it differently then

Kate Mulgrew Wow

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Reviewed: 2019-12-14

I loved this book so much. The performance was on point it made the experience vivid. I felt like I was watching a TV show The book itself is brilliant and well written. I think I might read it every Christmas

Wow

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Reviewed: 2019-12-09

This book is full of rich material. I could go on and on about the beautiful imagery mirroring and metaphor. This is a horror novel but it’s not cheap tricks and jump scares kind of horror books. Very thought provoking and stimulating. The characters are interesting and messed up at the same time. This book was unpredictable for me kept me on edge I couldn’t guess the end. I was said I was angry I was happy at some moments this book succeeded to bring all these emotions out of me.
These things are terrifying because they could happen and not far-fetched. The terrorism the hate crimes The religions and cultures that brainwash individuals beyond recognition and the stupidity of people that have the need to follow something anything no matter what it is just the feel like they belong. that part was the scariest part for me because there is some people that would do whatever it takes for their own beliefs and religions