love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
If you dont like bad language this is not the book for you.I only got to disc two and had to stop the book. I dont enjoy the continual use of 4-letter words in an audio book and hearing it is even worse than seeing it in print. Ill take an Anne Tyler book or an Alexander Mc Call Smith for a good read any day. Wish there was a rating system for audio-books especially if its by an unfamiliar author. Really enjoy the ease of "audible" this is my only complaint...The selection is abundant. Thankyou sharon -california
I was so disappointed by this story. I confess, I bought it because of the title and the cover, which just goes to show you should never judge a book by its cover. The writing was bland, and the narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, was even blander. The story was painfully unoriginal and the characters rather irritating and poorly constructed. The random, gratuitous sex scenes were rather unnecessary and cheesy. They read much like a Harlequin romance might, if it were posing as literature. I struggled to finish this book.
In comparison to some other reviewers, I loved it! If I were to try and distill it down into a single concept, it made me THINK. Both the narration and the story made me pause to think about this time in history and to consider what was happening in the average person's life, in American and Germany. It's been at least 2-3 years since I listened (overdue review!) but I STILL think about the lessons I gleaned from the story.
I am retired and am just getting into listening to books on my Kindle. What a great way to get through a book . This is especially helpful when your eyes arent what they used to be.
This was my first audible book. I enjoyed listening rather than reading and this book was a good story regarding the London Blitz and what was happening back home .
The thing I liked best was that it showed that older people can also have a love story and it was depicted very well.
One of the most memorable moments was when Harry finally did see a U boat and he was so helpless ....you just wanted to help him ring the bell
easy listening and she made the book come alive.
I felt that the ending left a lot to be desired = it was a let-down. The steamy love scenes could have been left out. A little too graphic for my taste. Also the author used too many descriptive adjectives
Although this book had it's moments the ending was rather disappointing and the whole story line just sort of fizzled out. This is the authors first book and maybe others will be be better but it's as though she put all her energy into the first and middle portions and then lost seeing it through to the end. If that what she wrote is what was truly intended though, then I won't be rushing to obtain another one too soon based on this one.
historical. tragic. page-turner
Emily. I love the way she handled even the toughest situations with class and grace.
Not really. If she was narrating a conversation between Emily and Iris, she would pit Iris in a much deeper voice, and Emily would have a high dainty voice. But when Iris was talking to Harry, Harry had a deep voice and Iris had a higher daintier voice. It threw me off an projected Iris as rough and tumble the whole time, hearing her in such a deep voice.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
Gorgeously written book about a reporter, an orphan wife, and a postmistress on the Eve of America joining WWII. ??I think it should have been called "The Voices" as it is more than just the postmistress that binds this story together. ??I loved that this book asked the right questions from that period without trying to provide answers for why it all happened.
A reader who loves to sew, which makes Audible ideal. No special trends but always on the lookout for recommended titles. Appreciate good stories not the graphic details which seem to be the trend.
Another example of my interpretation of a good book. Just had to keep listening and kept thinking about it after it had finished.
Three different lives in wartime years. Didn't quite turn out as I planned but a great ending.
Keep the tissues handy.
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Bought on Audible
Audio Narrator Rating: 5 (fantastic)
Story Rating: 3.25
What I Loved: The first 70% of this book was fantastic. The story centered around three women: Emma, Frankie, and Iris. The stories for each of three were so fantastically crafted and gloriously detailed. You really got invested in what happened to them and where their lives were heading. Frankie's story specifically was so rich in detail that you felt like you were part of her journey to discover what was really happening surrounding the beginnings of WWII. At times, you could get so lost in the bombings in London and her train travel that it felt like a true story not a work of fiction. Emma's story was so understated but perfect for her, that you felt like she could be someone that would be great to know. Iris was kind of the backbone of the story, the glue that just kind of held it all together. You just wanted to jump into this story and be part of these ladies lives.
What I Liked: I can tell the author put a lot of work into researching people's personal stories to pull details out that are seldom seen in books that are set during the WWII era. I also like that she set it at the beginning when America was still kind of oblivious to what was happening. She did not hold back on the prejudices and narrow-minded views that seemed to run rampant during this time. It was a very well crafted story.
Complaints: The last 30% of the book. I won't give anything away but this is another case where the ending really ruined a book for me. It isn't a bad ending but there was no payoff for such a really well crafted story. I felt like maybe the author ran out of room crafting the first part really well that she just kind of rushed through to the end. I would love to see what ended up on the editing floor because I bet that is the end that I would have liked.
Audio specific review: Orlagh Cassidy did an amazing job narrating this story. This story did not call for over the top type of narration but a strong, solid voice that tweaked a little for each character. She did a fantastic job!
Why I gave it a 3.25: It was a solid 4.5 or 5 up till the last 30% but then ending really did let me down. That being said, I would still highly recommend this book. I just don't know of another pre-WWII book (fiction) that has held this much detail and richness. I even think the ending will be fine for most people but I read a lot so I have come to expect more.
Who I would recommend it too: Historical Fiction readers and General Fiction readers.
This book was referred to me from an avid reader, but I just couldn't get into it. Neither the storyline or the characters drew me in before I turned the book off. I will try again, but for now, not a book for someone who needs to be engaged within the first couple of chapters!