The book is very enjoyable, but the poor narrator....
She has a lovely voice, and speaks beautifully, with pretty good intonation, but there are lots of accents in this book, often scots, and they wobble between scots/irish/australian/south-african and that within the same sentence and there is no consitency from person to person. It is a pity, because it is annoying and it does make it hard to follow which character is speaking.
I would like to hear her narrate something without the accents.
This is a wonderful story that has been destroyed by the Reader. Anne Archer is a competant reader who is unable to give a realistic Scottish or Irish accent. Shame the story is set in Scotland with Irish and Scottish characters. Her attempts would be amusing if they were not so irritating.
The story itself is Kate Atkinson at her best. Complex themes are interwoven around interesting, believable characters in an enthralling plot.
Well worth the read, but it may be better to buy the book rather than plough through Miss Archer's narrative.
An excellent story - well worth the READ!! I'm a Brit and unfortunately Ellen Archer is hopelessly at sea with her accents. So much so that it really did spoil my enjoyment. She sounds like that really annoying (male) mid atlantic food critic who's name escapes me. Interestingly, Audible.co.uk has a brit male narrator and it sounds so much better so why on earth doesn't Audible, in all its shapes and forms get some sort of consistency in such matters
I did listen to it all but was very perplexed by the reader. Why couldn't you get someone like Davina Porter to read who switches between a Scottish & English accent with conviction.
The train crash.
The book was utterly spoiled for me by the abysmal Scottish accent. I was trying to place what it was supposed to be because the reader sounded Australian /Irish then I realised that since the story was located in Edinburgh it must be supposed to be a Scottish accent.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I loved this book. First of all, the central characters (Reggie and Joanna) are so well drawn that I feel I know them. The tone, the language, their relationship were all believable and engaging.
In the title, I refer to past lives. I don't mean "as in reincarnation;" I mean as in childhood tragedies and wasted years. An overarching sadness colors all of their lives, but they struggle to create newer, better ones.
The narrator was perfect.
Having made a few missteps lately in my selections, I was becoming fearful that a major over-indulgence in reading had resulted in a jaded, impossible-to-please appetite. Then I read this one by Kate Atkinson and was hooked from the first paragraph. Whew! I have reached a point where a book needs to be well-done in all aspects to hold my attention and earn my respect, and this one delivers on all fronts. Plot, narration, and ending all totalled up to equal a happily satisfied me.
The best book in the series so far. Loved the strong, vividly imagined female characters, especially Reggie. The narration was perfect, with one narrator giving each character their own distinct voice. Was over way too soon!