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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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    Norma Jane Rager Glen Burnie, MD United States 11-12-12
    Norma Jane Rager Glen Burnie, MD United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Keep listening--it gets better towards the end"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first third of the book needs work to engage the listener and make them care about the characters.


    What could Helen Bryan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the characters more likable and/or more believable.


    Did Tavia Gilbert do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. I believe she did a good job with the task she was given


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes the last 25% and end of the book were good. It just took too long to get "hooked" into the story.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    P. Burdge Kansas City 09-22-12
    P. Burdge Kansas City 09-22-12 Member Since 2011

    wordrioter

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    "A Story of the Women and Children on the Homefront"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 05-31-13
    Judy Bowna via Albury, Australia 05-31-13 Member Since 2011

    Photographer's Moll, Chicken breeder, school administrator and owned by four dogs. Busy life, Happy life!

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    "Rubbish"
    What disappointed you about War Brides?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    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.


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

    Anger - that I had paid for this
    Sadness - that the narration was so lazy
    Disappointment - Nothing like I expected


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-13-13
    Sandra Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2002
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Susan BOONE, NC, United States 01-07-14
    Susan BOONE, NC, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "horrible narration, and editing /book content OK"
    What would have made War Brides better?

    Proofing, the print, a different narrator, or a narrator with some acting skills


    What could Helen Bryan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Proof her editors and find a better narrator


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    Not sure


    What character would you cut from War Brides?

    No one


    Any additional comments?

    Audio books cost too much to be this disappointing.

    2 of 2 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 6 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 1 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 3 people found this review helpful
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    tennreader Knoxville 03-08-14
    tennreader Knoxville 03-08-14 Member Since 2013
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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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Q LA, CA USA 02-19-14
    Melissa Q LA, CA USA 02-19-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Were Any of the Accents Accurate?"
    Would you try another book from Helen Bryan and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    I'm not sure about Helen Bryan but I know I will never buy anything that Tavia Gilbert narrates.


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • WM
    Reading, United Kingdom
    11/19/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Merelina
    Halinghen, France
    5/16/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • helle
    VANCOUVER CANADA, BC, Canada
    3/4/13
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    "excellent read"

    I loved this book.

    It was really hard to put down.

    I would think anyone who enjoys stories in wartime would love this.

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