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War Brides | [Helen Bryan]

War Brides

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 fifty 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Sandra Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-13-13
    Sandra Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2014

    I have listened to so many books, living on a boat in the Florida Keys then and also reading books then and now on my Kindle.

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    "My first Whispersinc experience"

    I had bought the Kindle edition of War Brides a few months ago and when I started to read it recently I thought it would be fun, if decadent, to also purchase the Audible version. The two together cost under $4, and so worth the "extravagance". I did switch back and forth from listening and reading, not always a smooth transition between my Kindle Paperwhite and iPhone's Audible app. But it was a positive experience. Tavia Gilbert did the various characters' accents wonderfully, which enhanced the reading as I could sort out the many characters more easily. It was a good book, interesting and informative. We all need to learn from history and this novel is based on those who lived in England and Europe during World War II.
    I would hesitate to buy both the Kindle and Audible versions of most books, but War Brides was a perfect choice for Whispersinc for Voice. I would also recommend it highly as an Audible read.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Debi salisbury, MD, United States 10-08-12
    Debi salisbury, MD, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good attempt at a historical saga"
    Where does War Brides rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very highly...because the audio was difficult to understand. The narrator was attempting to imitate the cockney Brit accents or deep Irish brogues and ended up making it almost impossible to clearly 'get' what she was saying at times.


    What aspect of Tavia Gilbert’s performance would you have changed?

    See comments above. Less accent, more enunciation.


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

    No....took me a few months. Not something that gripped you


    Any additional comments?

    Would have been only 3 stars, but it picked up the pace at the end. At least it gave the story a close with it's prologue.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Houston 07-13-14
    Amazon Customer Houston 07-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "ok book"

    I enjoyed listening and wanted to know what the characters would do next but it didn't suck me in. I had no problem waiting till tomorrow to hear more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Sandusky McDonough, GA USA 03-12-13
    Joyce Sandusky McDonough, GA USA 03-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Hated to hear it end."
    Where does War Brides rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks. I was reading on my kindle. Saw the audio for 1.99 so I started at the beginning listening. It brought it all to life. It's a long book and I had forgotten some of what I had read. Hearing it brought it all back to me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the Jewish girl but I don't remember her name.


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

    Who is Tavia Gilbert?


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

    It was so good that I looked forward to my next listening session.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the audio version. I'm hooked.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KATIE United States 09-10-12
    KATIE United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A good soap"
    Would you listen to War Brides again? Why?

    Yes. It was entertaining


    Would you be willing to try another book from Helen Bryan? Why or why not?

    Yes but not until i have finished other books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the end, despite what other readers said. It was a surprise and tied much together.


    If you could rename War Brides, what would you call it?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Slippery Rock, PA, United States 12-07-13
    Wayne Slippery Rock, PA, United States 12-07-13
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    "Great story about friendship, love, and survival"
    What did you love best about War Brides?

    The characters in this book were so interesting. The author did a great job of describing how these woman, who were thrown together by chance and were coping with extraordinary circumstances, had a bond that lasted a lifetime.
    The ending was a little weak, but did help to tie some things together.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 04-27-14
    Amazon Customer USA 04-27-14

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    "Waste of Money"
    What would have made War Brides better?

    I was unable to follow the story line. Nothing distinguished one person from another.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Bryan again?

    I was so put off by the horrible narration that I am not sure if could provide a review of the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    NO


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tennreader 03-08-14
    tennreader 03-08-14
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    "ok read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would recommend to a friend who would be interested in WWII history of this nature


    What did you like best about this story?

    The perspective of WWII from the female POV


    What three words best describe Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    Accents, voice changes are quite good


    Was War Brides worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Sync between voice and text was choppy and not always together; narrator's voice dropped the end of sentences at times that seemed more the fault of the recording, not the narrator's. The narrator's accent was so good and thick at times that I needed to read along for clarity. Story starts and builds slowly so that about a third of the way through I started reading from the last chapter and then back chapter by chapter. I do this with a lot of books that are slow reads. Story is interesting and worth the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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