©2004 Penny Vincenzi (P)2009 Phoenix
Loved the book. It gives the reader a glimpse inside the lives of a family ripped apart by WW1 and then patched back together in the post war aftermath. Celia became a close friend by the end--despite her flaws, you can't help but love and respect her and the way in which she deals with the trials of keeping a family and business running. What I liked most is the message this book sends. It's a message that seems so outdated by today's society. The message that marriages and families are more important than the pursuit of happiness for oneself. Celia's Mother was always so wise in her assessments. I liked her advice immensely. Even if passion and love is switched to another, that isn't enough reason to dissolve a marriage. The children need to be considered first. Celia makes the right choice in the end and discovers, if not happiness, at least peace.
Hoosier transplanted in Virginia Beach who is a fan of good books and travel.
No Angel is to the publishing industry what Peyton Place was to small town life. It is a soap opera, complete with myriad characters, adulteries, and undeveloped story lines. It did hold my interest for hours and hours, however.
Yes, because Carrington MacDuffie was so wonderful a performer.
Loved the characters, all unique and interesting.
No. I thought she was absolutely perfect. Never enjoyed a reader as much.
There were themes that particularly moved me, about love and adultery.
Loved Celia's mother. Very much a comic relief to an otherwise serious novel.
A narrator with an an English accent.
An author who could write.
Most disappointing was that I bought it (on a friend's recommendation)
and wasted a precious credit.
The HORRENDOUS accents!!!!!!!
I have no idea where she acquired the voices and accents, but she should get her money back as I wish I could.
Since I listened to only three chapters - I would have cut them all.
I am sorry I bought the book.
I will not waste another minute in hoping that the narrator, or the book will improve!!
It is a very good book - I love Penny Vincenzi - but an American narrator on an English novel is a no no - spoilt the experience over and over - having said that I finished the book and found it moving at the end - I stuck with it because I liked the characters.
"Great story bloody annoying narration"
Why on earth would you have a story set in 1900s England narrated by an American who seems to have learned her cockney accent from a very bad Dick van Dyke
English story.. American narrator... WHY??
Write this review!!!
"Slow and over the top"
I've listened to other Penny Vincenzi and really enjoyed them in the past. This one however seemed to have very little plot and the acting was well...interesting. The accents were over the top and generally poor. Not something I'd recommend if you're looking for something gripping or exciting.
"Good listening but for the poor narration"
A none American narrator
Although story predictable it had interesting twists
American pronunciation of English town names and appalling county man accent
Easy story for background listening
there must be "English" narrators available
"terrible English accent,sounds Australian!"
enjoyable book to listen to, just not sure why you chose an American artist with an awful English accent, the cockney accent was especially bad
Why oh why get an American to voice an English story?!?! Appalling pronunciation and horrendous accents . Story was ok, but ruined by the reader. A real shame,
"Please tell me the story shifts to America..."
I don't want to read the Amazon reviews, because of potential spoilers but.... I've always thought Penny Vincenzi - overlong and hung up on flashbacks as she is - writes absorbing and satisfying stories, but I'm 3 hours into No Angel and the teeth-grating, Dick Van Dyke-alike narrator is driving me insane. I'm so taken up with the distortions she struggles with, I'm losing the will to live. ...and I'm not just talking about bizarrre pronunciations of place names. Do you have producers/editors at Audible? Determined to plug on for the moment, but not sure if I'll make it through.
"An excellent read"
This book takes us on a journey through the lives and loves of the Litten Family. Lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.
"Never got going"
The story just never had any substance to it, it was like reading someone's diary but never knowing the people they were writing about..sorry
nothing by this author
I don't think changing the Narrator would have helped
Yes it was superb from start to end
The way it gave you a taste of the problems that the rich and privileged had through out the years leading up too and after the First World War , it is a gripping tale and well worth the time . Excellent novel .
She is magnificent bringing both the females and males to life, an exceptional narrator.
Money, power and deceit.
The most wonderful book I have listened too this year 5 stars all the way and thank you to Carrington McDuffie for a outstanding narrative .
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