I bought this book because I have been fascinated by North Korea for some time now. Unfortunately, I found this book was WAY too confusing to follow. It jumped around so much that I could never figure out how characters wound up being getting a certain job and doing things... Perhaps if I had been able to get through the first few hours, I may have enjoyed this book, but I was so confused I Just couldn't continue.
Yes and no. Rosie Thomas has a gift for beautiful descriptions of lush unfamiliar landscapes, Nerys Hughes' accents were compelling, but her dialogue was a bit flat and I found myself not being able to relate to the main characters.
For the most part. Her accents were good, but her pitch differentiation was not so much.
I will definitely check out other Rosie Thomas books. Those who have read her other books seem to think that this is not her best work.
Yes. With the exceptions of some oft-repeated sentences and occasional annoyances with the narrator, this book was a tragic tale of a marriage gone wrong.
Yes and no. The small-town gossip was kind of tedious, and it was annoying to hear how perfect Belinda was and what an ass David was, but it also wouldn't have been complete otherwise. I'm already 2/3 of the way through, and they've just now gotten to the murder investigation (police tape is still across the bedroom door).
Other reviewers have put it better than I. If true crime can be "good", Kathryn Casey is filling the void of Ann Rule's recent books. This is not her best book, but she did a good job with this one.
I had very little quibbles with the narrator. She read "No Biking in the House without a Helmet." She tends to read very quickly, which many either like or dislike immensely. Personally, I like her style a lot and will check other books of hers (though many of them are romance, which I will avoid out of preference).
Yes. I enjoyed the author's willingness to be vulnerable, to describe her thoughts, feelings, and without being so graphic as to make one cringe.
Their dramatic escape from the Escape House and their search of refuge in the mosque. I was gripping the arms of my chair!
This book is a compelling look at a young woman's coming of age, triumph over adversity, learning to forgive, and willingness to survive. There are several passages that were difficult to read, but they were not so graphic as to be gratuitous - sometimes the sheer horror of a situation is better felt in the abstract rather than the nitty-gritty details.
Amanda's voice is flat and monotone at times, which surprised me; I have heard her interviews and she tends not to sound as flat in those. This is probably the one part of the book that made me question my purchase. I am glad I toughed it out; well worth the time/credit.
not really. Other reviewers have put it better than I, but I just got bored and frustrated in the first 30 minutes. Anna fields was a good narrator choice, but the change in perspective from first- to third-person with no narrator change threw me for such a loop!
I think I'll be returning this book... It had promise, but I just can't get past the constant word "potato".
Fairly high. The memoir series is not complete without it; you find out what happens to all the characters you've come to know and love from Call the Midwife and Shadows of the Workhouse.
Chummy's wedding, by far... very sweet, funny, and touching.
This is probably her best performance, better even than Shadows of the Workhouse. I will be checking out other performances of hers. Fun singing, accents, quiet sadness... stunning!
Great fitting end to a trilogy of short vignets. It is more personal than Shadows of the Workhouse, but not as personal as Call the Midwife. But it is a wonderful addition to any library, a tribute to a bigone era.
The narrator! The compelling subject matter and prose was completely destroyed for me by the narrator's butchering of the French language and accent! I couldn't get past the first hour... thoroughly disappointed!
Well-modulated, emotive... I can't think of anything else.
I am a French-speaking Canadian, and while I don't expect perfection in accent, I do expect at least a passable one. The pronunciation of the name "Sauverin" was occasionally "Sove-er-on" and sometimes "Sove-er-an" (the latter is closer to correct) as an example... I wish I could like this book, but I will be buying the Kindle instead.
yes. It is a deep look at an institutional setting that is rarely, if ever, acknowledged in history. It is the continuation of stories from characters in Worth's first biography, Call The Midwife. While much less personal than CTM, it is still a compelling, if difficult (in parts), read.
There wer emany, but I would have to say Jane's courtship. How beautiful that love can and does infuse someone with such confidence.
She did a wonderful job! My main quibble with CTM was with her narration (occasionally whiny and whispery). There were certain portions of that here, but those were moments where nicola Barber was depicting fear or sadness - very appropriate times for such expression. Her accents were beautifully done as well. Perhaps having several years' more experience under her belt made this a much better listen than it would have been when CTM was released.
Yes! The stories are continuations, 1-3 hours each, but interwoven with Worth's own journey. You can pick them up and put them down as you wish, but the book was so compelling I just wanted to keep reading!
Don't let the narrator reviews from Call the Midwife discourage you! Nicola Barber is a talenter narrator, and she pulled out all the stops in this second biography in the trilogy.
Yes. This book was compelling and tragic, full of hope and despair. Others have indicated the narrator's breathing habits, but you really don't notice them much; Ling's story is so compelling.
The massacre, the escape.
yes, when Ling found love and faith.
I enjoyed this book immensely, with the exception of Ling's propensity toward waxing spiritual towards the end. While it is part of her journey, it seemed to come from nowhere and dragged on (describing the sacred spaces, etc.) The narrator's Chinese pronunciation may or may not have been accurate; it is hard to tell, but she did make many names sound the same. This is, however, on the whole, a welcome addition to anyone interested in modern Chinese history.
Probably. Nicola Barber did a commendable job with this book. Some reviewers do have complaints regarding the low whispering tone she takes sometimes, and I found it a little annoying at first, but the short stories in the book were so compelling that I was able to look past the minor annoyance.
Conchita, jennifer (of course), and Chummy.
The birth of a baby during Christmas dinner; a tortoise appearing from under the bed! I laughed out loud!
yes, the births of Conchita Warren's children. I hope to hear more from this family in subsequent books.
This book is a wonderful addition to any library. While it primarily addresses women's issues, it details the way life was lived in the 1950s, contrasted with life today... certain things just surprised me about the advances in medical science, and how sometimes human intuition can be as or more beneficial than the most scientific of medical care.
I am thrilled that the other two books in this trilogy are FINALLY available on Audible; I will be reading them shortly!
I would recommend this book in print to a friend but the audio doesn't quite work. I think it may be the narrator, to several passages of interviews. But the author had a beautiful way of expressing herself.
Possibly. I think her voice was just too soothing for this book. The book move along beautifully, but the reader was so well modulated that I found myself zoning out.
Beautiful book, but it is more well suited to print. The narrator is good, but for a book like this, she needs a bit more expression.
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