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  • Affinity

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

Named Author of the Year at the 2003 British BookAwards, Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book. Once inside the concrete walls of Millbank Prison, Margaret Prior, hired to speak with the female inmates, becomes all too aware that what she perceives to be reality may not be so. Bringing new ideas to her mind is the beautiful, but dangerous criminal Selina Dawes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and Rich in Detail

  • By Ilana on 02-20-15

Excellent book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Affinity to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book in print, but I was able to absorb even the slower passages in this version. It takes a moment or two to get used to which diary is being read from, but once you do it makes very good sense.

What other book might you compare Affinity to and why?

I've read Sarah Waters' The Paying Guests and there are definitely similarities. I was a little but put off by some of the 'ghostly' aspects at first, but they made more sense as the book went on. I liked the use of a slightly untrustworthy narrator.

Have you listened to any of Juanita McMahon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to her before, but enjoyed most of her performance. The only real weakness was the american accents which were simply laughable-- it would have been better to simply go with an upperclass english accent rather than whatever scottish/southern hybrid seemed to be coming out of her mouth at those moments.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The denouement was very gripping.

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