Elizabeth McGovern does a lovely job with this story which never quite fullfills its promise but is very pleasant.
Alexander McCall Smith and Simon Prebble? Well of course it's good! A great cast of fun characters, including a wonderful dog, and a few fun twists in the story. Certainly not deep or life changing but a really fun way to spend a few hours.
I liked this book and learning about Garfield. His death was all I really knew anything about so finding out how extraordinary he was was and more about the times, particularly the science of the times, was well worth the time spent . I found the writing to be repetetive, however, and in serious need of a good editor. The performance was very good.
Markham's prose is gorgeous and the her story very interesting. I thought Julie Harris did a marvelous job as reader. There is a description of a horse race that is one of my favorite audible moments! There were some slow moments and I admit that it took me a little while to get into it but that said, I highly recommend this memoir.
This may be a great story but I couldn't listen because the quality was very bad. I am actually surprised that Audible offers it in this version.
I downloaded this with trepidation as so many reviewers disliked the reader. I think she did a fine job. I agree some of her accents were overdone but she is a good, well paced reader. The story is very interesting and kept me completely engaged.
I almost never give up on books but I just couldn't do this one. Simon Vance does a good job but this is way to pointless.
The narration of this made me absolutely nuts. The reader has a good feel for the story but ruins the book by ending almost every sentence on an up inflection as in a question. The end result was that all of the characters sounded perpetually petulant so by the time things are falling apart you are so annoyed that there is no impact.
If you are looking for adventure and swift plot, this is not for you. If, however, you are looking for great characters and like English country stories, you will have a wonderful time with this one. The characters are a little like those in Trollope's Barsetshire novels, but they are more realistic - Cynthia is a great charachter, flawed, loving and fabulous. Nadia May is, of course, wonderful.
The other reviews say most of what I thought. I would just like to add that Jacob at 90 or 93 was one of the most well drawn characters in any book I have ever read. Great story that you can't bear to leave, beautifully written and read but best of all, it gave rare insight into old age. Don't miss this one.
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