When a strapping young Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle's affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle's overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch. After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden's old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person's wish is another person's worst nightmare. As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what's really going on with Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help.
©2014 Nancy Atherton (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC
It was tiresome to keep hearing Lori's thoughts on everyone. She has lost the humility and kindness she had in the earlier books. Her character acts as if only she and Bill are the few intelligent and sensible people in Finch and all of the other characters are silly and immature.
1. Use a different narrator. 2. Make Lori less whiny and smug.
The narrator read the words so slowly, that one would think we were kindergarten students. I heard the story at 1.5 speed and it was still difficult to enjoy. Her accents were all wrong and many sounded cartoonish. I will read the next book on my own if the same narrator does the next one.
Yes, it was poignant when we learned about the wishing well's evolution.
No. Not a mystery, and not funny, actually boring. It was a silly story, with characters that ended up being annoying rather than anything else.
I did not find anything at all interesting. It didn't have anything to hold my interest, so I didn't even finish listening to this audiobook.
Her voices were, to me just awful, especially the art dealers. When Laurie started to cry and whine I actually stopped listening.
Extreme disappointment. Since the reviews weren't at all bad. Everyone to their own opinion I guess.
Nothing to add, other than I will give this series a miss.
the accents were not done well and really took away from the story.
... You'll enjoy the story. Set your Audible playback speed at 1.25 or 1.5 and you'll find it helps immensely. Otherwise, Terri is so exacting and slow, you may pull all your hair out!
Fun story had me going till the end. I had a different solution, but really like the one in the book. Leave it to Nancy Atherton to keep things clean and mostly clean in motives.
This series is usually classified as a mystery. That may be misleading. However, I'm not sure how else I would classify it, except as general fiction. The "mystery" here does not involve crime or violence. It is about an unusual series of events and how they came to happen.
I've read a number of the "Aunt Dimity" books. They are perfect for bedtime reading, or listening, I find them relaxing and not at all likely to lead to nightmares.
When I read a book I don't imagine characters speaking with heavy accents as I read. I don't mind if a narrator uses accents as long as those accents don't distract from the story. Ms. Linden does use accents and they were distracting to me in this book. I believe I would have enjoyed her work more if she hadn't tried quite so hard on the accents.
I enjoy this series, but am not sure I would listen to an Audible edition with the same narrator.
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