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After her mother's suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child - and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy.

Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.

As Abbie struggles to reconcile with her family, and to support herself and her child, she realizes that those long-ago events created aftershocks that threaten to upset the fragile peace she longs to create.

Set against the backdrops of the English Lake District in the 1960s and the upheavals of revolutionary Russia, The Amber Keeper is a sweeping tale of jealousy and revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness.

©2014 Freda Lightfoot (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Lulew
  • California, United States
  • 04-28-15

Terrible narrator

Story was okay and might have been a little more enjoyable if it was not for the narrator. Not worth a credit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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annoying...annoying...annoying

What did you like best about The Amber Keeper? What did you like least?

The story could have held my interest, but the narration's appalling. I kept wondering if your narrator is actually a robot. Although I enjoy audio books....I will be very careful to check as to who the narrator is before I order future books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amber Keeper?

I can answer this better after I READ it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

anyone....absolutely anyone

Did The Amber Keeper inspire you to do anything?

yes..........to shut the sound off

Any additional comments?

I could have enjoyed this story. It had a very interesting start, and I'm sure that reading it will be a pleasure. I will read the written word to finish.............

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 03-28-15

Mystery and Love During the Russian Revolution

Historical story moving back in forth from the 1911 (and the years following) to the 1960s, as Millie recounts her tale of moving from England to Russia to become the governess for two young children. Abbie, Millie's granddaughter has returned home to England, from France with her own young daughter, following the death of her mother, after being estranged for many years. Trying to make sense of her mother's adoption and her mother's past, Abbie asks her grandmother, Millie for answers. Who was her mother? How had Millie come to adopt her? The fall of the Russian Czar, the turbulent aftermath and the eventual escape from Russia back to England are retold to her granddaughter, Abbie, in heartbreaking detail. Excellent listen . . . mysteries revealed . . . satisfying ending.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Narrator!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Teenagers..

Would you be willing to try another book from Freda Lightfoot? Why or why not?

Possibly. The sing-song narration made me dislike this book intensely. I might have enjoyed it if I'd been reading, rather than listening to it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

Never! She reads it so that it sounds like a nursery rhyme. It's irritating and nerve-wracking.

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

Irritation.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This is a good story. Worth a listen and time well spent.

I would rate this a five if the MC hadn't been so willing to trust, or so easy to be had. Patsies usually get what they deserve, where the innocent are truly taken advantage of....

A little backbone would go a long way. Only my opinion, and we know what those are worth. Still, I would choose this author again.

That said, great premise and story telling. Excellent writing. Well done. A book to be proud of, as an author myself I know the work and diligence required to produce at this level.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I found the narrator very annoying .

The storyline was very good, but the narrator was extremely annoying it sounded like she was trying to sound I don't know I didn't like it at all. I would not get another book if the narrator was the same

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Narrator destroys listen!!!!

OMG....the story is wonderful & wonderfully written but the narrator absolutely ruined it for me!!!! I don't even know how to put this nicely but I will try. First of all....WHO TALKS LIKE THAT???? REALLY???? Her breathless, husky, fake-sounding, sing/song tone was enough to drive me mad! So annoying! She didn't even attempt to "toughen" up the tone when she spoke for the male parts...awful! I hung in until Ch. 16 hoping, praying it would get better because I was loving the story...but nope, it never did! I'm now going to buy the book and read it in order to finish it! No offense but this narrator sounds like she belongs on the other end of a 1-900 phone call....seriously!!! I blame myself for not listening before buying...lesson learned! Also wrote this narrator's name down so I don't EVER make the same mistake twice! I suggest you take a listen first...if you're not annoyed then go for it because it's a fantastic story!!!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great story

Well written and engaging. Two stories told intertwined past and present all come together in a sweet ending. I couldn't stop listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Brilliant Jewel of a book

I loved this story within a story. Woven between England and Russia, from 1912 to 1965, a family struggles for understanding and learns to trust its deep love for one another. Also a story of true love with lots of excitement.

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  • MK
  • Kansas
  • 03-30-15

couldn't stand the narrator's voice

good story but narrarator's vice was irritating and detracted from the story. some kind of rise in get voice at the end of wits grated on my nerves.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss D Srao
  • 06-18-15

Ok story, shame about the narration!!!

Story was lovely but it was ruined by the intonation of the narrator. I nearly gave up listening but I had paid for it so wanted my money's worth.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Claudia
  • 10-19-15

Not recommended

The idea for the story is promising. With proper research and the creation of engaging, convincing characters this book could have become an interesting and informative story about "Upstairs, Downstairs" in Russia at the onset of the October Revolution. Pity the execution is so poor, this book is not even entertaining.

Worse still, Susan Duerden's reading is terrible. Every sentence has the same intonation and contributes to a merciless singsong which ruins even those parts of the story that arouse a little interest. Miss Duerden's attempts at creating different voices are confined to her lowering her voice and sounding breathy. It is all so bad, in the end I just laughed and turned off. I would recommend that Miss Duerden listen to a performance by Rupert Degas who should give masterclasses teaching how to read a story and create a stunning variety of voices.

I shall return this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 07-07-15

Droning voice

Story was OK but nearly gave up listening due to the terrible narration. It sounded as though she was reciting a shopping list most of the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JAK
  • 10-12-17

A light weight story not even worthy in a magazine

I concur that the basic language, poor scene setting and triviality of this book got very annoying after the first two hours of listening. I just didn't feel any depth of character and any sense of setting. Very stereotyped and lightweight.

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  • Sailaway
  • 08-03-17

Good listen

Enjoyed the story listening to the audio. Brought alive the struggle of three generations of women with complex pasts. Each character was clearly defined but the only down side was the narrators aspirating the end of each sentence when no accent was involved.

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  • Garry Smith
  • 06-20-17

Not my taste

Narration difficult to listen to. The breathless over emphasis makes it sound like a parody.

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  • Azure62
  • 05-28-17

Good story, appaling narrator

If you could sum up The Amber Keeper in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, passionate, informative

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Irritating voice, poor use of inflexion, in fact very irritating and detracted from enjoying the book. I could not finish the book.

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  • Vron.S
  • 03-24-17

A story covering three generations.

The story of Millie and her family, taking the listener from the lake district in the UK, to Russia and the aristocracy at the time of the Russian revolution. A compelling story of a young girl and her experiences as a governess. Delightfully narrated and of what one imagines could be the best and worst of aristocracy life. Relating the tale of love, companionship, deception, hardship duplicity and corruption.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-19-17

Awful narration

Sadly I didn't listen to a sample first before buying, the narration is simply awful and I couldn't listen beyond a few minutes.

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  • S. Watson
  • 11-03-16

Awfully written and narrated.

Interesting tale but terribly written and narrated. (I don't have 20 words to say to fill out the review).

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  • Julie
  • 12-18-16

Book ok, narrator appalling

While the book was an amusing enough listen, and the historical perspective interesting, the narrator's voice was grating...all breathy and sing song. Such a shame

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • lola
  • 08-04-16

Interesting storyline

The storyline was very interesting and kept closely to historical fact. The narrator was awful. The accents were painful to listen to and ruined the story. This would have been much better read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful