I read this book years ago and didn't remember much about it. It gets off to a rather slow start, but you find yourself caught up in the Ayrton family's doings...you want to hug the children and slap some other folks, but you are definitely engaged.
If you love Christian fiction, if you love historical fiction, if you love Christian historical fiction, if you love an audio book read by the author - this is for you!! The incomparable Liz Curtis Higgs has done it again with this 2-part series. It is even better than her others. I had read the hard copy books and that in no way spoiled the audio books. I was able to pick up on things in the audio book that I had missed when reading the hard copy. The book is extremely good, and having the author read it lets you know exactly the nuance for every word. Give yourself a treat and purchase both of the books in this series!!!
Stephanie Barron has created a delightful series of mysteries with a most excellent (and plausible) explanation of how she acquired the long-lost manuscripts of Jane Austen. Her skills with style and language are marvelous. Kate Reading provides great pleasure for the listener. I heartily recommend this!
Good ol' Hamish Macbeth is back...yet somehow this didn't quite meet my expectations, even though I love Hamish and I have loved Davinia Porter reading other things...the variances with vocal pitch made this quite difficult to listen to and the dialectical differences probably contributed to this problem, even thought Ms. Porter is quite skilled. I kept having to adjust the volume to catch everything and yet not be blasted at other times. Perhaps the recording mechanisms themselves are to blame for the problems listening to this book.
Still...a good Hamish story and still a good reader.
The ending of Her Mother's Hope left me with an urgent need to keep going with these characters. The segue was flawless. A few times I was uncomfortable remembering how I must have disappointed my own mother or failed my own daughter, but that simply tells you how powerful the writing is and how true to life. Try not to worry too much, because . . . well, I don't want to give anything away. Just believe me when I say you will not be disappointed. I can't say enough good things about the narrator, Stina Nielsen. She is consummately talented.
I just cannot recommend this audio book and its predecessor highly enough!
Francine Rivers has outdone herself with this story. It is rivetting from the very beginning and the reader's command of pronunciations is tremendous. The listener feels and sees exactly what Marta feels and sees....my first thought was that Her Mother's Hope had to with Marta's mother's hope for her....later I realized it was not only the hope of Marta's mother for her but also Marta's hope for her own daughter whom she sees as another frail soul like her sister Elise....yet Marta's daughter is tremendously strong.....and when the voice of the story changes, it is okay.
One of the very good things about this story is the fact that reading the Bible and trying to follow its teachings are very important items. This is not one of those "Christian" fiction stories which apparently acquire their name/description by the fact that "the Lord" is mentioned periodically within but without any attempt for anyone to live up to God's standards and/or to be like Jesus Christ.
I have long loved the writings of Dorothy Emily Peploe Stevenson, but this was a new one to me. I'll admit I wasn't expecting much from the description, but it went in directions I wasn't expecting and wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. It was thoroughly delightful, and I recommend it for anyone who wants a very pleasant listening experience. Anne Dover did an excellent job at narration, also.
D. E. Stevenson wrote a number of absolutely delightful books, mostly set in the lowlands of Scotland. You come to know the characters well and are very interested in what happens to them. Several books have characters in common and there are even some with sequels, but each is good on its own and can stand alone without the reader having any knowledge of any of the others. This book is one who shares some characters with other stories, but knowing those other stories is in no way essential.
Lesley Mackie does a wonderful job reading these books and plays a big role in making the whole experience enjoyable.
I have loved this book for years and have read it several times. Listeners are treated to an interview with the author's son which includes interesting facts about the real-life folks upon whose story the book is based before the book's narration even begins.
I grew up in East Tennessee myself and regret that the narrator's dialect coach was unfamiliar with the the pronunciation and inflections of the natives' speech. However, no one except an East Tennessee person would notice those things, and this book is definitely recommended to give you hours of listening pleasure.
This is an enjoyable listening experience even if you are not at all familiar with Edinburgh and even more enjoyable if you are - because you've been on Prince's Street and to the Castle and Waverly Station and up and down the steep streets and can more easily envision what is happening. John Lee does a very good job with the various accents. There are different strands of the story with different sets of characters very well done - and they ARE tied back together, with the Festival as the unifying element. The listening hours go too quickly.
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