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Nicole

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  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Margot Livesey
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    Fate has not been kind to Gemma Hardy. Orphaned then neglected, young Gemma seemed destined for a life of hardship and loneliness. Yet her bright spirit burns strong. Fiercely intelligent, singularly determined, Gemma overcomes each challenge and setback, growing stronger and more certain of her path. Now an independent young woman, she accepts a position as an au pair on the remote and beautiful Orkney Islands. But Gemma’s biggest trial is about to begin....

    Cecilia says: "f you loved Jane Eyre, you will like this novel."
    "Loved the first half, second half was Meh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Flight of Gemma Hardy? What did you like least?

    The first half of the novel which detailed Gemma's troubled childhood was very interesting. The second half which had to do with her "adult" life was filled with irrational and unexplainable character decisions and lackluster plot points.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Margot Livesey? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Was The Flight of Gemma Hardy worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I found a bit jarring at first was that the narrator's voice sounded too old to be a 10 year old girl, and there was no attempt to make the voice sound younger. I kept picturing Angela Lansbury speaking instead of an adolescent girl. However as Gemma got older, the difference in age between the voice and character became less bothersome. But overall it was a good performance.

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