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  • Soldier Girls

  • The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
  • By: Helen Thorpe
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Healing and Insightful

  • By Constance on 11-23-14

A female Face to the Military

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

Reviewed: 10-12-14

What did you love best about Soldier Girls?

I loved this book, how well-rounded it was, detailing the optinions and thoughts and experiences of three female soldiers from vastly different backgrounds - those who fell apart, those who kept it together. While it is a unique look at female soldiers, this quite conceivably could have, for the most part, detailed the morale of any group of soldiers fighting in these wars.

Any additional comments?

The narrator and the author seemed to team up and deliver a compulsively readable package! I loved Thorpe's "Just Like Us" and was thrilled that she wrote another book.
Well worth your time and credit.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Return

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Jane Wymark
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet café, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain's devastating civil war. Seventy years earlier, the café is home to the close-knit Ramírez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country's fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two stories woven into one...

  • By Daryl on 10-07-14

Two stories woven into one...

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

Would you listen to The Return again? Why?

Probably. I enjoyed the writing and the descriptions of the Spanish Civil War. The contemporary story is less strong, and honestly somewhat unnecessary, but it's still a well-written book, so I will probably listen again

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

I haven't yet, but I will dig some of them up!

Who was the most memorable character of The Return and why?

I would have to say mercedes, growing up and coming of age in such a difficult time in history.

Any additional comments?

Well-done! With the inclusion of some coincidences, I can't give this book 5 stars, but it is still a good read. I will read more from this author and narrator.

  • Under a Sapphire Sky

  • By: Susannah Bates
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A beautifully written modern-day love story set in Sri Lanka and London. Perfect love or perfect lie? College friends Marianne and Gabby go into business together, selling Marianne's unique jewellery designs. But as their company takes off, Gabby's contribution becomes more questionable, and while she remains single, troubled and fragile, Marianne is blossoming at work and in her private life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic light read!

  • By Daryl on 09-26-14

Fantastic light read!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-14

Would you listen to Under a Sapphire Sky again? Why?

Definitely! I am not generally a huge fan of beach reads, but this one stands above many of them. Most (if not all) of the characters are three-dimmentional and complex, and Susannah Bates has a way of intertwining relationships in such a way as to show the interconnectedness of people.
Many authors tackle subjects of religions heavy-handedly, either treating Christians as angelic saints or little demons. Bates breathes life and complexity into characters like Sophie and Paul, even detailing a crisis of faith with grace and class.

Julie Teal is a fantastic narrator. I was introduced to her work in "the English German girl" by Jake Wallis Simons. Teal does fantastic emotions; her dialogue is very good. She doesn't try too hard to depict male characters, and I enjoy this immensely... it's better to acknowledge one's weakness than try too hard and do a bad male voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

marianne, George, Sophie, Paul. For different reasons, I wanted to take all of them out for drinks.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book moves along, and the characters drew me in. Not huge on plot points, but as a light read... some portions made me cry, as well as intrigued me with their relational complexity.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the time and credit!