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A Gathering Storm | [Rachel Hore]

A Gathering Storm

Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he'd been researching an uncle she never knew he'd had. Intrigued, she visits her father's childhood home, the once beautiful Carlyon Manor. She meets an old woman named Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell. As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known... As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known....
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Publisher's Summary

Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he'd been researching an uncle she never knew he'd had. Intrigued, she visits her father's childhood home, the once beautiful Carlyon Manor. She meets an old woman named Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell. As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known... As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known....

©2011 Rachel Hore (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Sarah
    UK
    1/21/12
    Overall
    "Didn't want it to end!"

    I have listened to or read all Rachel Hore's other books and this one didn't disappoint. Thoroughly enjoyable, believable characters, exciting storyline - totally absorbing! Loved it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    Penrith, United Kingdom
    7/5/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved EVERY Minute"

    I just adored this book. It is lengthy and a real saga but I was totally hooked from the start. It is superbly narrated and the pace is excellent. The characters were convincing and well defined and the story, though complex, was thought provoking and convincing without seeming contrived or leaving loose ends. I was in another world whilst listening to this. Totally absorbing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • sue
    fordingbridge, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
    Overall
    "fantastic storytelling"

    loved this book it had been recommended by a friend but now off to listen to more Rachel Hore

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom
    6/19/12
    Overall
    "Rachel Does it Again"

    Loved it. Rachels books always bring you in from page one and take you on a journey Emotional,Geograpical,Historical etc Just when you think you kow the ending it twists again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Finklaire
    Hampshire,uk
    12/2/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Where to start? I didn't finish the book as it didn't capture my interest enough.


    What was most disappointing about Rachel Hore’s story?

    It takes too long to get to the point


    What three words best describe Gerri Halligan’s performance?

    Uninspired. Dull. Forgetable


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Gathering Storm?

    i would trash the lot and start again. sorry


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    2/18/15
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    Performance
    Story
    "fantastic captivating so moving count put it down"
    What made the experience of listening to A Gathering Storm the most enjoyable?

    The story of this well to do damaged well to do family sticking together no matter if it hurt the lovely girl that so admired them all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Gathering Storm?

    The dull childhood and her father attitude to children, her her escape to this beautiful house her bravery working being sent to france in the war the description of the Nazi touchure


    Have you listened to any of Gerri Halligan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Gerri Hilligan her reading voice accents are perfect in fact I will now read her other books she has read


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was a very long read I ask my husband get most of our meals, think he got a bit fed up with me!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one to take away with you from all distractions on an Island with NO TV or radio.The description of her real Grandmother life story the true meaning of unconditional love of both her and her new found granddaughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    2/11/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Engrossing"

    Great story of the life of a young girl to old age including narrative on 2nd world war. A good saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    Sale, United Kingdom
    1/24/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gripping story"
    Would you listen to A Gathering Storm again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. Even though I know the outcome, the story was so well crafted and told that I would enjoy listening again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beatrice was my favourite; her character was slowly revealed throughout the story and was not what I was expecting. I found that I admired her and cared about her so the final reveal was all the more emotional.


    Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favourite?

    Angie.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was difficult to turn off and I looked forward to listening to another instalment when possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to give the story away, but it wasn't a boy meets girl, boy goes to war story that I thought it would be - it was so much more. it turns into a rollercoaster ride through the second world war for the main characters with a secret slowly revealed. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    12/1/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "Predictable...enjoyable..."
    Where does A Gathering Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just outside my top ten


    What other book might you compare A Gathering Storm to, and why?

    The Last Summer ...predictable story


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not much


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Beatrice talked about her son Tommy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo Davis
    UK
    11/23/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    The story was pretty good and kept me listening. I like this kind of story, a telling in the present of life with secrets in the past. And this wasn't a bad version of this genre.
    The narrator was brilliant, I'm usually dubious when a narrator decides to do voices and few manage to keep it up. In this case every voice was different and maintained, she even managed to make the men sound like men! Certainly will look for more books read by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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