What do you do when you lose everything? Secrets and lies abound in this delicious novel from Sunday Times bestseller Penny Vincenzi.
It's the glittering 80s and Lucinda Cowper, Elizabeth Beaumont, and Flora Fielding feel happy and secure in the power and pleasure of wealth. Nothing could have prepared them for a devastating financial scandal, which turns the boom to bust. The crash takes away their hope, their self-respect, and for some, it destroys even more....
Facing bleak futures, affairs begin, lies are spun, relationships are pushed to breaking point, and within the year someone will be dead. But who? And why?
©2007 Penny Vincenzi (P)2012 Headline Digital
I love anything Penny Vincenzi writes but this was so worth reading. Good story great narrater. Well worth it.
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
For some reason I was expecting a standard Chick-Lit book and didn't realise this was such a long and at times quite serious story but regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
There are a lot of characters who have their own individual stories but they do interlink and after a bit, and with the great narration, I was able to remember each character and who was who.
The story is pretty much about rich people who, as members of Lloyds of London, now face the prospect of losing everything they own. I didn't feel overly sorry for them but the story kept me riveted and wanting to know how it all pans out for each person/couple.
I always know it’s a good book when I listen to it not just at the gym but when I go shopping, clean the house, go for a drive etc. I just had to know what happened to everyone.
I do recommend this book.
As usual her book has an excellent story line, just a pity the ending was 'unfinished' and left me a trifle let down. Did they succeed with the court case or what?
Jilly Bond was excellent.
"An easy listen which compelling and unputdownable!"
The characters were very real and lovable. The narration was superb and brought both characters and story to life. The historical content added believability and actually informed me of issues in an era I lived through, but did not give much consideration to.
I loved the way it wove together, blending and binding the characters lives. It was like a mini drama series and I kept longing to get back to it to find out what happened next. The fact that it was based on historical fact gave it a certain kudos for me. I especially loved Lucinda and Florence.
Jilly Bond was fantastic. She had all the characters quirks down to a t and made them real and believable. Her accents were pretty perfect and she truly brought the story to life. I will be looking out for more of her work, and indeed have already bought another book read by her.
Posh folk ain't that bad!
I will be reading more of this author. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you audible.
"Fluffly, light, listenableness!!!!!"
Penny Vincenzi has hit the spot with this light and sensitive work - I enjoyed listening to her book over 10 years ago - Almost a Crime and I totally enjoyed that book - it was light - easy to follow - and a damn good story - well - this one is too, and what a fabulous choice of reader - Jilly Bond is so good at those posh 80's voices - you are positively thrown back to the time! - when you have had enough of the heavy going books and just want something that is not too demanding on the ear - go for this one - she writes really well, lovely English, beautiful story and I would highly recommend as an in between book for those who like to read the hard, heavy, have to think a lot about books - its just whats needed in the middle. Good work Penny Vincenzi, looking forward to some more.
"Awful awful snobby characters."
Everything. The narrator's overdone clipped posh accent was sickening after a while and I found myself imitating her (got quite good at it). I carried on listening in the hope they would all die - no such luck. My hopes were raised when it looked like the dreadful, overbearing Flora was going to drown, but somehow she survived. The Lloyds crash caused the poor dears to sell their second or third estates, get rid of the horses and posh cars, and limit their intake of champagne and caviar. Although they had raked money in for years without a second thought. Maybe I was a bit harsh wishing them all dead, perhaps sticking the whole lot of them in a multi-storey council block with broken lifts and the odd drug dealer next door would be more appropriate. Oh, how absolutely
f r i g h t f u l !
No - I challenge you to get through it without throwing up.
Cut glass - ahhh!
It's far far too long.
"Fantastic, gripping story. Didn't want it to end"
Probably, The narrator cleverly changes voices for the characters which makes the story more interesting
The way the author confuses the readers emotions. You both like and dislike all the characters as, like all of us, each character has positive and negative characteristics which create confusing emotions for the reader. She introduces both sides of the story for every character and leaves the reader to build their own opinion. Really brilliantly written
Would highly recommend this read/listen. So much so that I have already purchased for a couple of friends
"A Riveting listen"
It's one of those books that you really don't want to stop listenng to. You click it on while you do the washing up and while you're making the bed. Makes chores quite a pleasure. The story is full of well described and mainly very likeable characters all drawn together by the central plot. You want to get to the end to know what happened, but you don't want the book to be over.
Wonderful story, provoking so many emotions , you really got to know the characters. I'm going to miss it now I've finished.
I really enjoyed the story and thought Jilly Bond's narrative was first class. A first class story and very informative.
I rarely write reviews of the audiobooks I listen to but I enjoyed this one so much, I felt I just had to! It was a bit of an epic, but 30 odd hours of a brilliant story, I felt so involved in the characters lives by the end of it, I found myself holding my breath, waiting for the next thing to happen. It was as good as Jilly Cooper for story telling, with a dash of Austin thrown in. The narrator was excellent, I can't rate this highly enough!
"Well performed but weak plot"
Not what I really expected - a few interesting plot lines but quite disappointed with the conclusions. Overly long as well.
Although the longest book (by far) that I have listened to it is a superb story. The characters are wonderfully interwoven and relate to one another in a melodic and tangible fashion. There aren't too many characters to keep up with and the story runs wonderfully through the ups and downs of the Lloyds turmoil back in the late 80s. A great story, beautifully written, with a well thought out ending. I must confess to thinking Penny Vincenzi was a little lowbrow for my tastes… I was wrong!
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