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  • The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Alison Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters....

    Mary says: "Fast, Moving, Descriptive & Informative!"
    "Enjoyed the story; not so much the performance..."
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    If you could sum up The Sandcastle Girls in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic, beautiful, informative


    What other book might you compare The Sandcastle Girls to and why?

    The last book I listened to was Chris Bohjalian's "The Light in the Ruins". Like "The Sandcastle Girls", it was wonderful to listen to as well as shedding light on a period of history about which I suspect not many people are aware.


    What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell and Alison Fraser ’s voice?

    Cassandra Campbell: wonderful (5 stars)
    Alison Fraser: Reading the part of a middle-aged woman but sounding like a giddy teenager (1 star)


    Who was the most memorable character of The Sandcastle Girls and why?

    I think Hatoun is sad, brave, faithful, strong and deeply intelligent.


    Any additional comments?

    This beautifully constructed book is filled with fascinating characters and a compelling storyline. I must admit I knew virtually nothing about the Armenian genocide, and am grateful that Chris Bohjalian has written this wonderful historical novel.

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