Bay Area, CA United States | Member Since 2012
Exciting, adventurous escape.
Alfred Molina brought this story to life as only he could. Each character was so distinctly and perfectly rendered, I felt like I was actually there witnessing the events as they unfolded.
I wouldn't. Alfred Molina's rendering was so perfect, I wouldn't even consider watching a movie of this book. It wouldn't be as good. :)
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. I normally do not go in for adventure/pirate/seafaring tales. But on the strength of her recommendation and Alfred Molina as the narrator, I did, and I loved every second of it. I do think the story is slightly predictable and otherwise would not interest me that much. But Alfred Molina's telling of it made it breathlessly compelling. Bravo!
The events described seemed so immediate and real. The action and emotion were evident in the writing. I felt like the author was telling me the story in my living room.
Anything by Frederick Forsyth because if the similar themes of espionage, statecraft, geopolitical issues and the like.
Hearing the story read made it so much more immediate and real.
History, family, society
Porchie's affairs, the scandal with Almina' second husband/his ex-wife.
Catherine's second marriage.
While I did enjoy this book, I found it just a tiny bit less compelling than Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey.
history family service
There are many, but one that struck me was how generous Lady Almina was to her secretary when she married, setting them up in a house, and lending them the Lake House at Highclere for their honeymoon.
Again -- they were all so perfectly portrayed, but one of my favorites was Aubrey, the Earl's younger brother.
The sweep of history through the lens of one of Britain's great families. Or something like that. :)
I absolutely loved this book and wanted to listen in one sitting! Obviously, the war years are just shatteringly sad, but Lady Almina and her family's, friends' and colleagues' sacrifices are ultimately so hopeful. I also loved Wanda McCaddon's narration and have already added two more of hers to my library, one of which was written by the Countess of Carnarvon.
Samantha Bond read the book beautifully. Her voicing of the characters was spot on. I loved the story and honestly wasn't totally expecting to after reading reviews elsewhere (disappointment at certain elements of the plot). However, I found the story to be very honest and emotionally authentic. Bridget is as funny and scattered as ever. As ever, she manages to pull everything off with aplomb. At the same time, she had endured one of the worst things a person can endure in life, and her reflections on that are equally honest and all the more powerful. She seemed to feel what I think I would feel in the same circumstances, which left me tearful at certain plot points. I would definitely listen to it again.
Bridget of course! She is always very candid about the way daily life can drive you mad, and in this third book of the series, equally candid about the things in her life that make it worth muddling through the worst bits.
I haven't; not applicable.
Not sure; I don't think the title was totally applicable though.
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