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The Splendour Falls | [Susanna Kearsley]

The Splendour Falls

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you. As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm.
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Publisher's Summary

An ancient castle, a tragic love, and a web of secrets begins to unravel....

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you.

As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm. Legend has it that during a 13th-century siege of the castle that looms over the city, Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, hid a "treasure of great price". And in the last days of the German occupation during World War II, there was another Isabelle living in Chinon, a girl whose love for an enemy soldier went tragically awry.

As the dangers of the past become disastrously real, Emily is drawn ever more deeply into a labyrinth of mystery as twisted as the streets and tunnels of the ancient town itself.

©1995, 2013 Susanna Kearsley (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    NancyJQ 01-18-14
    NancyJQ 01-18-14

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    "Another triumph for my favorite author!"
    What did you love best about The Splendour Falls?

    She is the mistress of historical novels. I have Susanna Kearsley to thank for opening the world's great stories to me. Her storylines, character development and detailed historical events are unparalleled.
    Now, this hurts me...I have to say the narrator of this story sounded like many of my long term cigarette smokers. I gave up on the spoken story and stayed with reading on my Kindle. I am looking forward to receiving my hardcover for my S.Kearsley collection...you have your own shelf.


    What other book might you compare The Splendour Falls to and why?

    I don't compare. S.Kearsley is the most impressive author I have ever read.


    What didn’t you like about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance?

    Her voice was that of a long time smoker. I am a retired Respiratory Therapist and don't care for the quality of her voice.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    G-Ma minnesota, USA 01-22-14
    G-Ma minnesota, USA 01-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Krazy for Kindle

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    I liked the story by Susanna Kearsley but Barbara Rosenblat the narrator was much too old sounding for Emily the young women. Emily was supposed to be 28 yrs old. The narrator sounded like she was about 50 yrs old. She did fairly well on the male voices although I would have preferred an actual male narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Splendour Falls to and why?

    I like a good mystery not sure what I would compare this book to.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Rosenblat?

    She probably is good at what she does but not for this part.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was somewhat disappointed at the killer. Sorry he was the one who did the killing.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MV 01-18-14
    MV 01-18-14
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    "Odd story with a worse narration"

    Unlike Susanna Kearsley's other stories (The Winter Sea is one of my favorite listens), I believe this story is almost entirely set in the present with only vague references to past actions. I say "I believe" because the narration was so poor that it was hard to follow. The volume was inconsistent, phrases were mumbled or repeated randomly, and there was only 1 character with a truly distinguishable voice so it is difficult to keep everyone apart. Also, Barbara Rosenblat sounds like a 2 pack a day smoker, which is frankly unpleasant to listen to.

    As for the story itself, I didn't find the characters to be particularly interesting, nor was I that interested in the "mystery"

    I pre-ordered this story based on my love of The Winter Sea, but I think this book is definitely a pass.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 07-15-14
    Pamela 07-15-14

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    "Wrong narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a really interesting book although the end unraveled a bit too quickly like "ooops, need to wrap now!" I really like Suzanne Kearsley books but they become too formulaic if you read them all at once so it was really nice not to have the time travel aspect for once. Although I do love the time travel in the other books, it just gets too repetitive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Splendour Falls?

    I really liked how you were placed in the city of Chinon


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice was all wrong, much too old


    Did The Splendour Falls inspire you to do anything?

    Return to Chinon


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Brentwood, CA, United States 07-14-14
    Molly Brentwood, CA, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I absolutely did not like the narrator. Her voice sounded so much older than the character of the book that it was just too off and I felt she couldn't pull the story off. I only listened to about 30 minutes and just could not listen to it any further.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna A Massachusetts 05-13-14
    Donna A Massachusetts 05-13-14 Member Since 2007

    DJA

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    "adventure, mystery an a touch of the supernatural"

    If you have picked up The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley expecting it to be one of her charming time travel romances novels you are in for a surprise. The story revolves around 28 year old Emily Braden who is convinced by her errant cousin Harry to go on holiday to the French town of Chinon, France where a young and beautiful Queen Isabella once rumored to have hidden a great treasure. Ahh but there is another story of a lost treasure and another beautiful Isabella – hidden in a medieval chateau or in the maze of ancient tunnels underneath the streets of Chinon – and Harry has gone missing Emily begins to fear that Harry might be more than just delayed. As Emily tries to find her cousin, she becomes more aware of some strange tension, old hostilities, new friend and loves among her fellow guest.

    I found it took a bit to get into the story but once the web of secrets started to disentangle I found the story compelling and unpredictable. The Splendour Falls I felt one of Ms. Kearsley’s best – The Winter Sea being my favorite.

    This was an audio book that was narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. While I felt she did a decent job narrating the book I felt her voice was too old for the main character – it was too gruffy. She did more justice to male voices, with spot on French accents and word pronunciation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara C. Strout 01-31-14

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    "good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Splendour Falls to be better than the print version?

    The story was good, somewhat suspenseful. The narration was painfully slow. I had to turn up the speed on my iPod. The French accents were well done.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa PLAISTOW, NH, United States 09-27-14
    Teresa PLAISTOW, NH, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2008
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    "I love Barbara Rosenblatt, but....."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it kind of took me back to my early teens when I read gothic romance/mystery novels by Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney.


    What three words best describe Barbara Rosenblat’s voice?

    Here is the problem. I love Barbara Rosenblatt, I often have chosen books because she was the narrator, and she did a decent job reading the book which is why I gave 3 stars and not 2. The 2 stars, or one, would go to the producer or whoever thought she was the voice of Emily. She was not. Unfortunately she was just a terrible choice. She didn't sound like a 28 year old girl at all.


    Was The Splendour Falls worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I was glad that I had this book along with the kindle/whispersync book so that I could read much of it. I did listen to some while driving or exercising, but would have preferred another narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-15-14
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    "I enjoyed this audio book very much"
    If you could sum up The Splendour Falls in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Suspenseful, Feel Good


    What did you like best about this story?

    Barbara Rosenblat's performance!


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

    I have not listened to her other performances but I would like to now that I know her work.


    If you could rename The Splendour Falls, what would you call it?

    Isabella


    Any additional comments?

    At times this book gets lost in the details; very detailed explanations for everyday life but Barbara Rosenblat made the story come to life. She is so talented, each character had life, each one seemed real an not one emotion was missed I believe. I was so excited for my daily walk so I could listen to her narrate this book. One reader noted that her voice did not match up with the age of the main character but I'd disagree; her performance was so good that it didn't matter. I'm sad I finished this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula 08-21-14
    Paula 08-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! I like clean romances and fantasy. The happily ever after is for me

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    "Good, but she has done better books"
    Would you listen to The Splendour Falls again? Why?

    yes, it takes awhile to start the story, but then the story is intriging


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

    Yes, the narration was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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