©2007 Julie Klassen; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
I hoped that since the previous review was clear back in April of 2010 this missing part would be fixed but alas it was not. It is a disappointment. It is such a good story and good narration. I hope audible will make amends for this.
I liked the book and the narrator very much. However, the recording I got was missing part of chapter 28 through Chapter 30. I don't know if this has been fixed yet. The original recording is supposed to be 12 hr. and 25 minutes. This one was 11 hr. and 48 minutes.
Great narrator, excellent characterization and an interesting storyline. Easy listen. I believe this was Ms. Klassen's debut book. I enjoyed this very much. I can see where some readers might be put off by some of the topics covered in this book, perhaps those who have never born and nursed a child. Issues of adoption and loss were very touching and very well handled as was the topic of mania (in a minor character). Fresh voice and unafraid to tackle touch topics and embed them in a great historical fiction.
I have read all of Julie Klassen's books. This one was the worst. It was so depressing. But because I was determined to finish it out I kept going. The information the author collected was good. You could tell she put a lot of effort into gathering historical facts etc. It talks a lot about and describes breast feeding in great detail. My husband walked in while I was listening to a particular section on nursing and asked, "What the heck are you listening too?"
My next audiobook will be by Sarah M. Eden called Longing For Home.
I thought the narrator was fine. He had a nice strong voice. However, when he did the voices of female characters (which was a lot) it was almost comical. Definitely would have been better read by a woman.
That's a dumb question. I wouldn't "cut" out characters. It wasn't the characters that were the issue.
I believe this was the first or one of the first books Julie Klassen wrote. Her writing style and stories have gotten better with time. She definitely does her research when she writes a historical romance, which I can appreciate, and am sure takes a lot of time and effort. I hate books that are depressing and this one topped the list.
I was enjoying this story very much until I came to the second half of the download and it was the first half all over again. How do we get the correct second half of the story? I hate being left dangling like this!
I loved the characters.
The main character's hard decisions. It was interesting to think through them and wonder how I would've chosen.
Using different types of British accents from all classes brings to life how very different the characters were in their life stations if you will.
Sad, I can't imagine being faced with such a decision!
Why was the narrator a man? The entire story is based on the life of Charlotte and should have been a female narrator. Not only that, but this narrator does differentiate between the voices well, so pay attention to the names.
Depressing story full of sadness and grief dictated solely by the restraints of "high society" and legalism.
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