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Not a Great book

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-29

This book is written by a woman and yet, it is sexist and even misogynist at times. Women are presented as weak and overly emotional. They need to be taken care of by tough and noble men. This author is SUPER into traditional gender roles and conservative ideation of the nuclear family. The gendered stereotypes are cringeworthy as if the book was written in the 1950s and didnt just take place (in some parts) during the 1950s.

Furthermore there are so many lose ends that aren't tied up by the ending. For example, Judy is said to have had a trucker boyfriend? Is this David? Who knows. More than that, the author drags out the supposed plot twists as if we will be surprised to see them but also drops so many obvious hints and foreshadowing that you would have to be a moron not to see it coming.

This book might appeal to men who want to justify their shitty behaviour with the excuse that they were protecting their family. If this is you, you will enjoy David and his multiple sacrifices for the fragile women in his life. If you are a woman, find a better book, this one is trash.

Fun listen

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-25

fun but predictable story. author tries to drag out the supposed plot-twists for too long. It could have been a shorter novel. Parts of it feel unnecessarily salacious like the author is trying to rely on drama rather than talent as a writer to create a more interesting story. It could have been a better story if it played more with the subtleties and the depths of fear as the wagon train progressed. instead it relied on constant flash backs that revealed the dramatic pasts of each character. these flash backs sometimes gave us insight into the character's psychology but usually just felt like a ploy to add more "juicy details" so that it ended up as a wagon train filled with the most interesting people in the world... in the 1800s.... it was a bit over the top in that sense.

excellent story!

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-23

a real feminist masterpiece.

this book is better than anything Margaret Atwood has ever written. the best living feminist author is by far k. r. meera.

a hugely important book

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-13

a must read. it brought me to tears, made my heart lurch, raised butterflies in my stomach.

Ancient Greeks speaking British slang

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-09

why would you write a story set in ancient Greece using heavy Britiah slang. I am certain that the ancient Greeks didnt say things like 'bloody hell" and "me mum...". The reader's child voice is shrill and annoying.

one of the best readers of any audiobook

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-07

the reader, Dion James is exceptional. his performance is next level. I will listen to anything else he reads.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Too long, poorly written, annoying narration

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-26

Very predictable plot twists that are drawn out as if you couldn't possibly guess them but you can.

Tons of stereotypes both gender and racial. Themes of 1. white people being more valuable than Black Africans because white people are the scientists and doctors of the world and that knowledge is held by them alone. 2. Women fall in love only once per lifetime and then sacrifice everything for mediocre men.

Narrator uses russian accent for Brazilians. These Brazilians are portrayed by the author as stereotypical Latin American revolutionaries, even though they live in the favelas of Brasil which has a very different culture than the rest of South America.

Finally it was just WAY TOO LONG. By the end, I just wanted the pandemic to win and wipe out everyone, especially the annoying as fuck main characters.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful