This is a wonderful epistolary tale, about the home front during WW 2 in England's West Country. Henrietta is a doctor's wife, with a grown son and daughter both doing their bit for the war. Lady B is a great sympathetic character and Faith finally settles down.
Book One, Henrietta's War, is unfortunately not available (yet) on Audible; that's where you meet the characters and get the setting for the books. I have read both books, but I think that someone coming fresh to the series might miss a bit, having only book 2 available.
The reader does a very good job of presenting Henrietta's voice to us - I liked her cheerful sign off to each letter (your childhood's friend, Henrietta).
Nim is such a great, strong girl character! She and her friends (a sea lion, a marine iguana, and a great green turtle) survive alone on the island while her father is adrift in a broken-ruddered boat. The email correspondence with Alex is perhaps a little contrived and the ending is incredibly fortuitous but you will be happy with it! I know I was.
Maya is the half-goblin son of the Emperor. He was exiled since birth but has now been recalled because he must become the new Emperor after the death of his father and brothers. I loved this political fantasy when I read it, and worried about the narration because of all the difficult Elvish and Goblin terms. The narrator does a FANTASTIC job of making the words sound totally natural, and also provides great voices for the characters. (His female voices are weaker but in this book, most of the speaking characters are males.)
I really enjoyed Ralph Cosham's narration. He does the voice of Bagheera so well, and it's different from Baloo or Mowgli. One note - this recording includes for the First and Second Jungle book. The Second Jungle Book, also narrated by Cosham, is available separately but I don't think you'd need it.
I'm going to say the "bad" first - why does the narrator pronounce the name "Zoe" - the main character - as ZO? It's Zo-ee and always has been, whether it's spelled Zoe or Zoey. Hearing Zo Zo Zo throughout the book is really frustrating.
That said, the narrator does a great job, I enjoyed listening to this very much.
The narrator gives a great performance, including singing a bit of Mad Margaret's song from Ruddigore with aplomb and skill. The mystery is one of Macleod's weaker efforts but the setting on a small Maine island is delightful, and it's always fun to see Cousin Theonia again.
I love the poem Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight with a kind of ironic fondness for its melodrama. So I bought this recording. First; there are multiple announcements for the website of the producing company. Why?
Then, the production starts with 2 verses of Curfew, followed at once by 2 verses of Towser. Huh?
Finally it starts all over again and you hear all of Curfew, then all of Towser (after another website announcement!)
Once you really get to the poetry, it's ok though Towser is narrated in a most un-Kansas-like accent.
The plot of this book is one of my favorites - I'm so glad that Audible is bringing out some of Barbara Hambly's fine fantasies in audio (now where's Time of the Dark!)
I found Ms Linden's performance oddly robotic. Each word is so clearly enunciated as to be almost a parody of text-to-speech. She does loosen up a bit later into the book but the pauses before unfamiliar words (Altiokis, Rind, etc.) break up the flow. It's too bad because her voice is pleasantly pitched and nice to listen to.
Yes. I've read this book many times and the audio is a great enhancement.
The scene in Kew Gardens, where the family deal with grief by enjoying the beauty of the lapageria vine.
Where Rose and her mother visit Constance and Rosamund for the first time, with exciting results.
This book has so much depth - it's wonderful in its details about music and education; it's a great family story; everything I say is only one facet of the plot. Well worth reading and listening to!
I love this series and this title is particularly good, but the narrator needs work. There's a group called The Vigilant Vegetarians which the narrator keeps saying "viligant" - no such word!
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