A somewhat predictable gothic/fantasy book. Gemma receives her wish to leave India for England when her mother is mysteriously killed on Gemma's 16th birthday. Gemma is shipped off to boarding school in England. There she must gain the acceptance of her schoolmates, solve the mystery of mother's death, and learn to deal with her "powers". An interesting look into social mores of the Victorian era.
Certainly not the best written book I have listened to, but the narrator was what made this such an enjoyable listen. She did a delightful job of capturing the personality of the characters, and managed to make each sound distinctly different. She kept my attention more than the story line did!
I admit it. I chose this book solely to be entertained, and didn't expect much substance. I also didn't expect the storyline to have any relationship to reality. And this book delivers on both counts.
The "mystery" of the missing painting is easily solved, and with that out of the way, I looked forward to some hot romance. Unfortunately, every time I heard Colin's voice, the picture of an older, gay gentlemen came into my mind. Never ONCE could I picture him as someone most of the town's women had a crush on at one time or another, let alone the love interest of someone like Sugar Beth.
Sorry, I expect men to sound like men, and my favorite narrator failed on this one. It was totally distracting every time Colin spoke. Maybe it was a cover; Colin was really in love with Sugar Beth's sister's husband? Do you think?
Story is amusing enough and worth a listen. But be prepared to laugh at the ridiculous voice given to Colin.
Having read the reviews when this novel was released, I was looking forward to a light-hearted and entertaining listen. Unfortunately, what I received was a heavy-handed lecture on health care policy from an apparently brainless woman. I was incredulous from the beginning, over the lead character's ridiculous behavior. Does anyone really tie up one's arm, pretending it was broken, and then manage to hobble along with two different types of shoes all day? Instead of being amused at her "charming" imagination, I was just plain irritated with her apparent stupidity and lack of focus.
If she was my employee, I would have fired her, and that's what I did with this book. A waste of a credit, and the first audible book I just couldn't finish.
This was one of the most boring books I've listened to since joining Audible over six months ago. The only reason I forced myself to finish it is because I paid for it. It must have taken several weeks off and on for me to listen to the entire thing. One of the major problems, besides the tedious storyline, was the truly horrible narration.
The accents slipped in and out, making it difficult to keep track of the characters. That also illustrates the point that the characters were so uninteresting and so non-distinctive, that one simply doesn't care about any of them. Merrick, who was supposed to be Dutch, sounds like a bad imitation of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The story is a snooze.
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