I was unfamiliar with this Dickens book, but thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator is great. Editor could have been better (several repeated lines or phrases that should have been eliminated). But the story is classic Dickens (I sure enjoy his phrasing) and the narrator's rendering has such a flow that far surpassed some other Dickens audiobooks I've heard in the past. Wegg sounded just as smarmy as he should have (rather Uriah Heep-ish) and Mr. Boffin seemed a genuine, right jolly old fellow. An enjoyable listen, and of course long enough to make friends of the characters and not feel the visit was cut unnecessarily short.
I enjoyed listening to this book. Another review stated that her writing was not polished. I agree, but that took nothing away from the story which is the recounting of her own life. I don't feel like I got the full sense of the terror they experienced, but unlike another reviewer, I don't think the story of the families who hid them would make any better story - just as good yes, but not necessarily better. I do think the narrator reading it with a bit more gritty feel might have enhanced the memorial as she was just a bit too calm a reader for the content, especially knowing it was an old woman telling a story from her youth. But please, enjoy the read for what it is - a first-hand account of what it was to hide in fear from the Nazi regime in Holland, but this time to have the good outcome of survival - when fewer than 4% of the Dutch Jewish population made it through the war. Amazing.
Kept my interest throughout!
What's NOT to like about a George Guidall performance?!!
I agree with the previous reviewer - the author must have read Pride and Prejudice one time too many and couldn't get it out of her mind. From the very first introduction of the "Mr. Darcy" character and his comments at the dance, I saw it coming. Instead of creating any tender feeling for a developing relationship, the dialogue that was blatantly Austen made me laugh and made me mad! I DID enjoy the remainder of the book, about the events of the time and the clever use of the quilt. I just wish she had started with an original - or at least significantly altered - premise for the interaction of the characters.
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