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The story was full of twists and surprises. Each time I thought I'd worked out what was going to happen, it took another turn. Right to the end it kept me guessing. It was my first Goddard book but won't be my last.
The narration by Michael Kitchen really enhanced this intriguing book, which got me in from the beginning. He really knows how to tell a story. His delivery grabbed my attention and his ability to voice the different characters was excellent.
It wasn't possible to listen to this book in one sitting because of the length but I reached for it at every opportunity and couldn't wait to go back to it whenever I had the chance.
I loved this book. As one of my first Audible books, I'm certainly pleased that I joined up.
As the daughter of a 91 year-old widow who still thinks her mind is sharp as a tack, I found this book particularly poignant. The author shows great insight into the mind of her heroine, its intertwining of past and present and the confusion of drifting between the two. The portrayal is sensitive and sympathetic, suggesting familiarity with the problems of encroaching dementia. The interwoven story of Maud's youth and the mystery which has left its mark on her emotions is wonderfully told and delightfully connected with her perceptions of the present day. Her distress at being unable to find her only friend, so important to older people who have lost just about everyone else in their lives, is very real. The conclusion to the mystery is a wonderful culmination to the book, which can have no happy endings. I enjoyed the way details of present objects led to recollections of the past and connected the two stories together.
The narration of this book was particularly outstanding. Anna Bentinck gave every character their own, recognisable voice and her portrayal of Maud, the central character, was sensitive and appropriate. I really enjoyed this book and would look for others by the author and narrator.
Although the romance on which this mystery is based is rather improbable, the story is totally gripping from the first. The book follows the story of a young man searching, with powerful motivation, for the truth about what became of two young people he believed to be his great grandparents, winding their real stories between his unearthing of clues. All three of the stories we follow are fascinating and the descriptions of his forebears' experiences at the time of the Great War are vivid and moving. The final revelation is tantalisingly treated and the end of the book, while perhaps a little predictable, feels very right. I loved this book and would choose more by this author and this narrator.
Perhaps I was not the intended reader of this story as it seemed a little trite. If you're into romances, it will have lots for you as it recounts the history of the heroine through three relationships, idealistic first love, ill-chosen marriage and the more mature love after suffering. However, I found the story rather predictable and, perhaps because I'm not greatly materialistic, did not get excited about the "stuff" which brought the heroine memories of when and where she had acquired it. It seemed a little too neat that she was able to resolve the personal difficulties she had with old relationships and with her mother during the course of the story. But overall it was a pleasant and undemanding listen and was well performed by the narrator.
Having read Jonasson's book, "The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared", I immediately wanted to read this book and I wasn't disappointed. If anything, "The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden" is even better.
The delightful book, abounding with dry humour, quirky characters and amazing coincidences, is savagely satirical and presents a view of politics which forces the listener to see the absurdity of it all. At the same time, it's a rollicking story which compels you from one situation to another. In the print version, it would be a "page turner".
The narration, however, transports it to another level. Sadly the narrator is uncredited but his command of the accents required by the various characters and his dry delivery of the humour really enhance the story. I heartily recommend this book.
If you've learned about the French Revolution at school, you've probably assembled a jumble of facts about the dramatic actions of the revolutionaries and the mob and the outcome of it all. Hilary Mantel dives beneath that to breathe life into the characters who populated the events.
In this well-researched book, she draws flesh and blood portraits of the leaders of the revolution and what led them to the events of that stormy time. You feel embedded in it, experiencing what drove them from crisis to crisis and directed their actions. You see their relationships, their trials and their temptations. Although the details have to be surmised, they are based on careful analysis of the writings of the real people involved, drawing out their motivations and beliefs.
This is an immensely powerful book, a tour de force, which drew me so into the times that I found it difficult sometimes to relate to my day-to-day 21st century life after a session of listening.
Jonathon Keeble's brilliant performance, complete with consistent and identifiable voices for the characters, enhanced it further, making it an experience I won't readily forget. I felt I lived the times. I look forward to further offerings from this author and this narrator.
This delightful book brings together an unlikely collection of characters. It tells a story full of the human side of contemporary stereotypes - a slightly autistic, bright boy who is bullied at school, his depressed single mother, his intellectual father who has left for another woman, a man living a Peter Pan existence on inherited wealth, concentrating only on fostering his "cool" image and finding women to date. The characters are so alive and engaging and the story so full of compassion and humour that the often dark events take on a positive slant. Julian Rhind-Tutt's performance is like a radio play, each character having his own distinct and appropriate voice and the action moving forward with hilarious clarity. I loved this book and immediately went looking for more by the same author and the same narrator.
I love Winton's writing and his ability to paint such a powerful picture of Western Australia's landscapes and people. This was a good story, if a little predictable, but well developed and had a satisfying ending.
It was my second Winton audiobook, after "Breath", which I'd loved. The narrator in Breath had managed to inhabit his characters fully and present the story with full understanding of the text, which brought it very much to life.
The narrator in Dirt Music seemed often to lack understanding of what she was reading and I found myself thinking "I'd have read that passage differently" to give a different emphasis and atmosphere. Everything was read with much the same intonation, which became like a repeating tune after a while. I found myself trying to appreciate the story in spite of her, rather than because of her delivery.
I enjoyed this book despite my disappointment with the narration because Winton's characterisation and description lifted it beyond the telling of it.
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