The first part of the book is a rehash of WWII, which, if you know about WWII history, you probably don't need. Once it got into the characters the book was built around it got much better.
Rebecca has been a popular book since it was first written in 1938. Some of the ideas about women are, of course, outdated, by 2013 standards, but I like the old-fashioned air of the book. The second Mrs. DeWinter's name is never revealed but she is painfully shy and timid, which women today probably can't imagine in a heroine.
The narrator was great and really fit the old-fashioned style of the story. I would highly recommend it if you like old-fashioned romances.
Not really sure. The heroine was pretty timid and shy, Maxim was brooding, and of course Mrs. Danvers and Jack Favel were evil. Rebecca, too. So hard to choose someone who was a "favorite."
She did all the characters well, even the men, which is unusual for a reader. She did a great Jack Favel and Mrs Danvers.
I think I would have liked the story but the narrator was very annoying! I realize it's hard to do different accents and things but some of the character's voices bordered on weird. The men were ultra loud and you could almost see the spittle coming from some of their mouths when they talked. I hate to be critical and usually am not but I couldn't get past the strange accents and voices of the characters. I was only able to listen to about 90 minutes of it.
No, I love WWII books.
I didn't even finish it.
I think the audio version has to be better because the narrator just brings out the very best in the witty writing style.
Yes, I love Kerry Greenwood's style of writing. She's a terrific writer and that shines out over and above the actual plot of the story. If they don't care to read about 2 homosexuals having sex too, they should not listen to this book. I don't care if there are gay characters but don't really want to listen to homosexual love scenes. To me it didn't add anything to the book.
Yes, I listened to one other Kerry Greenwood book and really loved Stephanie Daniels. I'd listen to her again in anything she read.
I listened to Unnatural Habits, the only Kerry Greenwood book I've listened to before this, and actually liked the story line of that one over this one. The mystery aspect of this book was only so-so and I didn't rally care for the plot about the two homosexual lovers. I don't mind gay characters but this one got pretty graphic and I just don't find that interesting or worth listening to. In this book, the actual mystery wasn't all that interesting and it was kind of back burner.
Those who love Joshilyn Jackson will find this disappointing. maybe those who haven't read her other terrific books might like it.
Her other books all had downhome Georgia characters and her narration for those characters just sparkled. In this one, the characters are just so-so and she drastically changed her reading style somehow. Maybe this was an experiment or maybe she just didn't have an idea to equal her other, more amazing books.
Joshilyn Jackson usually adds a whole other great dimension to her books by her own readings. This one just didn't sound natural. Like she was enunciating too clearly or something. I don't know who else might have done it better.
I don't know if the author was experimenting with another style or what but hope she goes back to her old style for the next one. I have loved all her books prior to this one and really looked forward to each new offering. Next time I will probably research the reviews more before I purchase.
If the first part had been much, much shorter. Maybe just told the mother's story. I agree with one reviewer who said the father could have avoided a horrible childhood for his daughters if he'd just told them what their mother had been through so they could understand. What father would let his children think their mother just didn't love them rather than just sitting down and having an honest talk with them. I almost quit listening to this book because the first part is nothing but going on and on about what a dysfunctional family they were. It wasn't very entertaining.
No matter what the mother had been through, since she had loved her children from the past so much, I can't see her treating her daughters so badly for 40 years.
I might get another one, depending on the reviews.
She did the mother's accent and all the Russian accents very well.
The story of Russia in World War II was very well told. I've studied WWII history so I was familiar with the story but this book brought it to life. It was very well told and very well researched.
The time travel aspects were worked out well and liked the twist at the end. Cornwall sounds like a beautiful place and I've always been fascinated by it. The descriptions made me want to go visit!
Disconcerting is one word I would use. Eva narrated the story in the first person and she used a British accent for the narrative parts but when she spoke in the story as Eva, she used an American accent, that didn't sound very natural. It kind of jarred me throughout the story. They should have made Eva British as well because the American accent just didn't come off very well. I guess because the accent wasn't easy for the narrator, it seems like when Eva talked, her comments were very brief compared to other people speaking in the story.
Overall it was an entertaining story and a nice romance. I loved The Winter Sea and liked that one better but this story was worth a listen.
I liked the audio version because the narrator really took you into the story.
I would compare it a little bit to books by Kate Morton, like The Distant Hours. The mood of the story is similar.
She really captured the characters and the accents very well. Even the men. I have trouble somethings with women doing men's voices and vice versa but she did the Scots' accents and the men very well. Her voice is very soothing and fit will with the whole story.
I like Carrie best, I guess. I'd love to write books like she did and have the characters come to life so well.
Great story! I liked the way it went from past to present and back again so seamlessly. Both Carrie's story and Sophia's story were wonderful and entertaining and I especially loved the ending! It was kind of like a time travel story but in a more believable way than most.
It's the kind of book where you could see yourself in the main character's part and how great it would be to have experiences like that. The scenery was brought to life so well too, I felt like I'd visited there myself.
I haven't read the print version but I think Joshilyn Jackson's reading of the book adds a lot to it!
I can only compare Joshilyn Jackson's books to others she also writes. If there is another author out there who writes as humorously and wonderfully as she does, I'd like to know so I can listen to their books also.
I've listened to all of her books. I've loved them all.
I loved the ending but also sad to see it end.
I was so excited to see another book out by Joshilyn Jackson! Her books are always so entertaining and funny, even when they are sad. The characters are wonderful and I love that she reads her own books. She becomes the characters and I can't imagine anyone else reading them.
I've listened to each book of hers and loved them all.
Hope she writes another one real soon!
I bought this book some time ago, but for some reason just got around to listening to it. The narrator was wonderful! She WAS Ivy and the tone of the book, written as Ivy's letters to her friends and family, just drew me into the story,
Lee Smith is a terrific writer and listening to her book brings it out even more, I think, that reading it.
I was really sorry when the book was finished. I'd highly recommend it.
Louise Penny's books are very humorous. You fall in love with all the characters and their quirky natures. I've listened to a couple of her other books and liked them all.
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