This book is typical of Penelope Lively's writing: thoughtful and interested in people's interior lives. I struggled to begin with with the female narrator's bogus English accent. However, once I got over that and just concentrated on the writing I enjoyed it. The male narrator is fine. But I will go back to reading Lively in the future as I think one can savor her wonderful skills more that way.
I really like this series. It's gently entertaining (the murders aren't too gruesome) and well written. This is my go-to series when I'm stressed and need something calming, undemanding but good. Nice job by the narrator.
Hugely enjoyable to listen to with well written characters (both the goodies and the baddies), well paced plot and intriguing concepts to wrap your mind around. Stephen King's wicked sense of humor always amuses.
Unfortunately, the reader is an American and he struggles mightily with all the different British accents. I am British and it is testament to how good is the book that I listened to the end since the mangling of all the characters' different dialects really irritated me. However, if you are American and are not particularly attuned to all the intricacies of British accents (why should you be?) then I do recommend it as the writing is very entertaining and the gentle story holds the interest. With a more suitable reader I would probably have rated it 5 stars. I believe the Audible UK version has a British reader.
The narrator is one of the best I've listened to and further enhances a wonderful book. The story follows the intertwined lives of several people during World War II in London. Remarkable.
If you're new to William Boyd's books this will be a particular treat. An interesting and gripping account of mother's past life and her daughter's reaction to learning about it. Beautifully read by Rosamund Pike. It was hard to move onto another audiobook once I finished this one because I had enjoyed Restless so much.
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