Absolutely. It has a intuitive and appealing flow between stories that knit it together seamlessly. The performance was perfect, giving a very clear voice to every character. So much happens but nothing feels unnecessary or overcrowded.
The multi POV stories. This device makes all the stories feel personal to the listener and you become very attached to the characters.
Mischief the Veez! It made me want to demand Judi Cannavan produce one for me to keep immediately.
Both, actually. It doesn't take long to become seriously invested in the characters of this world.
Weaving such an epic fantasy creation is fraught with difficulties. If the author fails, you lose the connection and the sheer length of the story becomes intimidating and you end up ditching it. With this amazing story, I just found I was so glad to have these hours of sheer listening pleasure ahead of me.
This book is like a gorgeous layered dessert. You love it from the first bite and then all these amazing flavours smack you in the face and you get seriously upset when you look down and realise you've finished it and there's no more in the dish.
The musical interludes which seem to be the trademark of all Bolinda children's and YA audiobooks are actually very off putting and condescending here. The fact they play the music backwards to indicate the shift to the story from the past is painful. If you can ignore the music, though, which I hope you can, this is quite an amazing story. Performed flawlessly and written in a way which is so endearing you're in love with these kids before you even realise it. Ignore the age label. I did and thank god for it. This is a classic.
The journal format and medical details give you a great sense of the urgency that these women found themselves in.
The diversity of circumstances surrounding births is pretty huge today but when hospital care was the exception and not the rule, the variations seem to have been infinite and dramatic. You can't predict outcomes in this book.
I think the Irish whore was really well done. A very plausibly different voice to all other characters who do tend to run together a bit.
Absolutely! I managed it in 3. I practically inhaled it.
Yet again I find myself insulted by the existence of abridged audiobooks. I used to be able to read print books but my vision is now too poor to sustain long periods of reading. So I have to read audiobooks. I guarantee that I am both intelligent and enthusiastic enough to take in the exact product those who read the print book do. This book would have gotten five stars all round had it been unabridged. I'll never know what I'm missing. This taints the book.ni was desperate for midwifery memoirs but don't mistake the fact that I bought the book for satisfaction in having no access to the unabridged edition.m
It's so incredibly patronising. The story is okay but the narration is essentially baby talk.
Nothing too bad. The narration doesn't give you a chance to get into it.
Yes, absolutely! This is exactly what it looks like - a paint by numbers romance with a decent plot. It won't win Hugo's but it's lovely. It flows with an effortless beauty which is difficult to achieve in this genre.
Nora Roberts books come to mind. This isn't a fantasy romance but it has that same relatable feel to it. The performance and the voice of both written and spoken narration is beautiful and charming and reels you in.
The slight changes in tone and rhythm when reading spoken dialogue or an actual scene, compared to that of reading text within the text is masterful. It honours the integrity of the written work. It's an amazing performance.
Will dreams get in the way of their second chance?
That tag line is so corny but it is what the book is, which is fluff. It's enjoyable and kind of brainless fluff but in the best possible way. Sometimes all you want is a book like this you can glide through.
The story is constantly engaging and paced brilliantly.
Doutchy - the dashing and handsome happy go lucky and slightly irritating but loveable romantic hero.
The time spent at the women's boarding house.
The sleepy, despicable father of the second family. He's so well written he leaves you gagging. It's necessary for this story's success that these characters have this impact on you.
I bought this thinking "oh yeah, why not?". I bolted through it in 2 days because it had me riveted. It also has the marvellous quality of a plot which always swerves just left of predictability and I adored that. It's fulfilling but not boring.
Yes. It's enjoyable and a very easy, pleasant listen.
Mia. The girl we all knew and love to hate. Her dialogue is hilarious.
Yes but I wouldn't search for one.
Yes. It doesn't drag.
Much more enjoyable then twilight but don't expect anything revolutionary. This isn't a huge criticism, I enjoyed it very much but it hasn't changed my life.
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