As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.
With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration 50 years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.
©2011 Heley Bryan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Listening is reading
This book was something that I was eager to listen to. The story may be a good one but I'll never know with the recorded version because it was so awful. I kept listening hoping it would improve but it only got worse. The accents were just appallingly terrible. Avoid!
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The story was jumbled - I gave up half way through and the narration was awful. The American accents were reasonable (I think she must be American) but the others - English upper class, German jewish and Cockney were absurd.
Even Shrek could have done a better job. The cockney was the worst rendition of an easily researched dialect that I've ever heard and the others were impossible to believe.
Anger - that I had paid for this
Sadness - that the narration was so lazy
Disappointment - Nothing like I expected
Proofing, the print, a different narrator, or a narrator with some acting skills
Proof her editors and find a better narrator
Audio books cost too much to be this disappointing.
I'm not sure about Helen Bryan but I know I will never buy anything that Tavia Gilbert narrates.
Terrible accents. I couldn't get through the book because of them. I spent so much time trying to figure out what she was trying to accomplish with the Creole accent that I couldn't follow the story. I gave up at that point.
The first third of the book needs work to engage the listener and make them care about the characters.
Make the characters more likable and/or more believable.
Yes. I believe she did a good job with the task she was given
Yes the last 25% and end of the book were good. It just took too long to get "hooked" into the story.
The setting in pre-war and WW II England. A group of women who may never have known each other otherwise end up in the English countryside to escape the Blitz. Good historical fiction.
YES - I ENJOYED THE DIFFERENT ACCENTS AND EMOTION THE NARRATOR BROUGHT TO THE READING
HER ABILITY TO BRING THE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS TO LIFE
HI LIGHTS THE SAYING ' WAR IS HELL ON THE HOMEFRONT TOO"
The excellent reading by Tavia Gilbert. She did a fantastic job of all the different accents.
Tavia's cockney accents.
No, not really.
I was disappointed by the ending - there was not enough explanation of Frances's disappearance. I also thought that the literary device of bookending the novel with the present day was very clunky. It was good to listen to but it is not great literature.
Living and learning one story at a time :)
Probably not. It was quite a slow start but started to get a bit better midway through. I felt it was lacking a bit, didn't flow as well as I would have liked.
I liked that it was a 'look back' story. The characters didn't unfold well. Felt I was missing something.
No I haven't heard her work before. I thought it was a pretty good performance.
Not really. I've listened to much more exciting works about the same era.
Has good potential but I think each storyline should be fleshed out more. I felt the story cut off and went back to present day before I got enough from the past.
Yes, because it has enough information that I could listen again to get more details on the story.
The ending when the four brides are reunited and the mystery of where the what happened to the fifth one is revealed.
The scene when the women were trying to rescue twin sisters of one of the brides.
No extreme reaction. Just learned more of what it was like during WW11.
I was attracted to this book because my mother was a Navy Nurse in WW11. I wanted more history of what it was like. The book gave me that and also a mystery to boot.
"Really enjoyable story"
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and glad I stuck with it. However, I hate to say anything derogatory about narrators because I think they do a fantastic job, but this one - oh dear, she is obbviously American and her own accent was fine. Her english accents were dreadful, so much so, that if the story had not been enjoyable I would have given up. It was a shame really if she had just read it in her own accent all the way through it would probably have been better.
"A story that turns into a spy story."
Excellent book, had to re listen several times and kept thinking that bit wasn't there last time I listened!!! Not so sure about the reader, she pronounces some words most oddly. A plait of hair is not pronounced like plate but like flat. Very unusual spy story I had never thought of water as a guide to aircraft but now it is so obvious. I really recommend this book.
I loved this book.
It was really hard to put down.
I would think anyone who enjoys stories in wartime would love this.
Definitely. I am sure it will have bits I missed as the story is fairly complex and moves along.
That it is told from the women's perspective.
No. I thought it was excellent.
When Alice realised she had been dumped in favour of Evangeline.
Brilliant listen and engrossing book. Loved it!
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