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Brighton Rock, by Graham Greene

7 reviews

nickimags's review against another edition

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dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

This audiobook was excellent, Samuel West's narration was perfect. I remember the old black white film starring Sir Richard Attenborough, so I knew it was a pretty grim story, just not how grim. It's very dark indeed,  but so well done that I couldn't stop listening. It reminded me of Peaky Blinders but set in Brighton instead of Birmingham. It definitely makes me want to listen to more Graham Greene on audio.

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sibertooth's review against another edition

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challenging dark reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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michaelferlazzo's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

Honestly, I really do not know what to think. I wanted to read more classics and literary books, but this one was just not for me. I can respect what direction this author went for, but I just saw it as a SLOG. Wow, I have never taken and hour to read 20 pages, but here is the proof. The pacing is super slow, and it doesn’t pick up until the last 15 pages.
SpoilerI think the ending was very anticlimactic because of the way the character was built up in the first half, also, what’s the weird fascination with the virginity of the main (villain) character? It’s super suspicious and weird. I really wish Ida could have had 1. More screen time, and 2. A satisfying ending.
I give it two stars because was too long for a short book. 

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holliesatchell's review against another edition

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dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

I read this book for school and received about what I expected. Quite boring and slow, but I never like the books I have to read for school anyway, so my review is completely biased.

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lucy12345's review against another edition

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dark sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0


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mbrighty's review against another edition

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dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75


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aqsa_ayman's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective tense slow-paced

3.0

I liked how well formed the characters were, and in particular Pinkie's repulsion towards sex and marriage. That's a perspective I haven't seen before in books and shows with similar themes. Pinkie's fragile ego and vulnerability is so exposed that you feel numb about his treatment of Rose and the other characters. It's why Ida's free and jovial personality works so well in opposition to him, although they have very little contact.

I do however feel the story was dull and didn't match up to the depth of these characters, and there was a lot of dense writing that I didn't care for. It doesn't seem like Pinkie is a particularly talented or clever boss, so I wonder if I missed how he got top rank in their gang after Kite.

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