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susanna Rosebush

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Incredible acting; story dragged

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-23

Narrator was fantastic! Did English, aussie, scottish and American accents seamlessly. Story could have been 2-3 hours shorter. Lived for 400 years, managed to meet and get to know EVERY significant historical figure? Shakespeare, Thomas Cooke, etc. Etc. And enough already with the philosophy at the end... live in the moment, don’t fret about the past or future. I was frustrated and bored by the end... yada yada yada, golden rule; love like you will never be hurt, people and relationships is what make us alive....

Why do we make our decisions?

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-02

Great writing. All the characters were fleshed out and complex. Everyone in this story is flawed and has their own motivations which led them to their decisions, good or bad. Twists and turns had me speculating until the end. I really really enjoyed this book. Will definitely read another. Recommended. One of the best mystery writers I have read in a long time.

Justice vs morality?

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-10

I like Ian McEwan, and this book was very good. I almost think it tried to tackle too many issues at once though... artificial intelligence, justice vs truth, what is humanity at it’s core? What is vengence worth? Sometimes it felt like the narrator was reading a laundry list of things which are different in Mr McEwan’s altered reality world... the narrator ‘s voice could get a bit grating. I didn’t relate that well to the main character, though maybe that was the point? Aimless, drifting without much ambition or commitment to anything... kind of creepy, actually. Overall very good, makes for great discussion.

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great narrator, lovely story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-22

I read another review which said there are no villains and heros, just men and women doing their best... I agree, and this story does a great job putting that sentiment into words. Multi-dimensional characters, a long suffering hilarious bumbler of a gay boy growing up in Ireland in the 50’s. Also, the story of his mother, who was a ‘fallen woman’ and had to give him up for adoption. Did I mention what a fantastic narrator this had? Highly recommended.