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Hidden Talents | [Erica James]

Hidden Talents

Dulcie Ballantyne knows that creative writers’ groups attract an unlikely bunch of people, so when she starts up Hidden Talents, she is well prepared for the assortment of people she is bringing together. But what they all have in common is a need to escape, as well as a desire to keep their lives as private as possible - even Dulcie, who at the age of 63 has been having an affair with a married man for three years. As they grow more confident in their writing skills, friendships develop and gradually they come to realise that a little openness isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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Publisher's Summary

Dulcie Ballantyne knows that creative writers’ groups attract an unlikely bunch of people, so when she starts up Hidden Talents, she is well prepared for the assortment of people she is bringing together. But what they all have in common is a need to escape, as well as a desire to keep their lives as private as possible - even Dulcie, who at the age of 63 has been having an affair with a married man for three years. As they grow more confident in their writing skills, friendships develop and gradually they come to realise that a little openness isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

©2002 Erica James (P)2003 W F Howes Ltd

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    Doug Wilkie 08-17-14
    Doug Wilkie 08-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A feel good story that leaves you with hope"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone. It suggest that there is still hope in human nature.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jazz


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    Marj Prince Albert, SK, Canada 06-05-14
    Marj Prince Albert, SK, Canada 06-05-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Hidden Talents again? Why?

    Yes, although I don't usually read a book twice I found this story entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the characters to be very different from one another and this book had a variety of personalities.


    What does Anne Dover bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, the accents!! I love English, Irish and Scottish accents and that's why I listen to books rather than read them.


    Who was the most memorable character of Hidden Talents and why?

    I don't know that I had a favorite, I liked them all for different reasons.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy this author and would listen to more of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jasmine Azouz 04-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Lovely, Down to Earth Romantic Fiction"
    If you could sum up Hidden Talents in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, heartfelt, fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jaz Rafferty - just loved her spunkiness!


    Have you listened to any of Anne Dover’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Anne Dover is an unparalleled reader. Her voices stay so consistent and really add incredible entertainment to this performance. She is one of my favorites!


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

    YES! And that is rare.


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    Newport, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "Collection of Writers"
    Where does Hidden Talents rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly. it provides an entralling insight into diverse characters with a common interest. The book relates how their different lives intertwine providing instances of humour, sadness, trauma, bereavement and romance and how they come together to provide a cohesive support network.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of people's characters and how they all veiwed each other and came to know and support each other.


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

    I had not listened to any of her other performances but her voice is clear and easy to listen to I would chose a book narrated by anne Dover


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lets get together and stick together


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a tale highlighting how people can benefit from others around them during good times and bad

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, United Kingdom
    7/17/13
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    "Another fantastic read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am only just getting into Erica James and can't put my iPod down - it has never needed charging so muchThese stories are so good and I love all the threads and how they converge.I have another in my iPod and then I will be waiting for my next creditsGive Erica James a try - they are excellently written and narrated beautifully


    What other book might you compare Hidden Talents to, and why?

    I seem to think that they remind me of Maeve Binchy's which is perhaps why I like them so much as she was a favourite if mine. A loss to the literary world .


    Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

    Dulce and Jasmine


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

    Yes and that is exactly what I am doing now. I work from home and cannot put my iPod down


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to read her whole catalogue

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MISS
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    7/13/13
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    "Enjoyable chicklit"

    This is an easy listen that holds your attention but not a 'wonderful' book. Narration is consistently good and the characters a good mix, but I didn't feel involved in the book. I felt the sad event in it was predictable and you therefore remain distanced from it. Ideal for the beach!

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  • Suzanne
    BURNLEY, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Easy reading"

    I enjoyed this story although I thought it was a bit unbelieveable at times. The book was well written and I enjoyed the descriptive writing. It was a nice comfortable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Verita
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    6/24/13
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    "Great storyteller loved this book"
    What did you like most about Hidden Talents?

    It was real, well written with highs and lows, and a bit of fun thrown in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden Talents?

    Jaz and her colourful family,


    Which character – as performed by Anne Dover – was your favourite?

    Beth not had the easiest of lives but was resolute and steadfast.


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

    In Venice when Richard came


    Any additional comments?

    I like Erica James books and this one has proved no exception to her brilliant writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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