I rarely re-listen to books, but this one deserves it. Great narration by John Pruden ! He captured the characters with his voice and intonation perfectly.
The narrator, Eli, is of course the best.
I haven't listened to him previously, but based on this, I am looking for more books narrated by him.
This is reminiscent of a Joe R. Lansdale story, similar flawed but sympathetic characters and a dry humor that I found appealing. Loved it !
A lovely, uplifting story of handing a tragic event with grace and hope. The story has wonderful, sympathetic characters, and makes quiet observations about so many things that are ordinarily taken for granted. There is not a lot of "plot", but I was pulled into this small, simple story. Very life-affirming
The plot will keep you listening, but the writing, narration, and characterization are definitely second rate. The equivalent of watching a "B" movie, entertaining but without much substance.
Beautifully written, Victorian gothic/ghost story. I was a little let down with the ending, but it was unsettling, and maybe that's the desired result ? No question, though, that John Boyne is a fabulous writer !
Emilia Fox is an excellent narrator, and she does a great job voicing the multiple characters in this charming British mystery.
Probably not a repeat listen, but it was a charming little story, humanizing Queen Elizabeth. Being Queen is not an easy job !
The character of Vivien truly brought emotion to the story. The story has great heart, the characters are mostly sympathetic, and it was a heartwarming, entertaining story.
It was quite effective to have (4) narrators relating the story from varying perspectives. Several timely topics were incorporated into the story (spousal abuse, faith/loss of faith ). Well written. But the ending was out of sync with the prior narrative. I felt cheated.
Not the most enjoyable book, although it was well written. I disliked the character of Naomi. I liked Caitlin Davies narration but thought Andrus Nichols was too cold.
There were some very cinematic moments in the story, and it would lend itself well to film. It would be a pretty serious movie, though.
This is strictly for those who think a Harlequen romance is good reading. I couldn't get past the overly cocky, "I'm too cool-for-school" persona of Vivien. It was SO distasteful that the entire book was ruined for me.
I loved her previous book "A Hundred Summers", so this was a major dissappointment.
Re-write the character of Vivien !
There was no story. The characters were well developed but just sort of drifted through the narrative. Was the author trying to make the point that life is as aimless as this story ?
The lack of a plot to drive the narrative.
There were (5) narrators. The best was Henry.
This would be a good choice for someone who longs for the sense of community in a small town.
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