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War Brides Audiobook

War Brides

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Publisher's Summary

As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.

With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration 50 years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

©2011 Heley Bryan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Debi salisbury, MD, United States 10-08-12
    Debi salisbury, MD, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good attempt at a historical saga"
    Where does War Brides rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very highly...because the audio was difficult to understand. The narrator was attempting to imitate the cockney Brit accents or deep Irish brogues and ended up making it almost impossible to clearly 'get' what she was saying at times.


    What aspect of Tavia Gilbert’s performance would you have changed?

    See comments above. Less accent, more enunciation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No....took me a few months. Not something that gripped you


    Any additional comments?

    Would have been only 3 stars, but it picked up the pace at the end. At least it gave the story a close with it's prologue.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Luther A. Young Coastel Town SW Washington State 04-20-17
    Luther A. Young Coastel Town SW Washington State 04-20-17 Member Since 2015

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    "GREAT BOOK ..."

    Fantastic book very well written and very riveting !! The book flows very well and keeps you excited. Knowledge of The US in the war years is Great . Highly recommend !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicely 03-18-17
    Nicely 03-18-17
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    "the narration made the book so much better"

    I really struggled with this book, I started listening to it and stopped many times before I finally completed it. If I was reading it I never would have finished it. I really believe the narration is what helped me to get through it. I found this book to be all over the place and just pointless. It tried telling the story of these women during the war but it was just boring. At one point one of the characters said it feels like the war is going on forever and I actually said out loud, "so does this book."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharla A Ulrich Gillette, WY, US 12-30-16
    Sharla A Ulrich Gillette, WY, US 12-30-16
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    "Excellent story"

    The story provides the reader or listener with a compelling background of WWII as mystery, intrigue, and romance are woven throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it so much, I found myself staying upon later and later to continue the novel.

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    Carol K. 12-08-16
    Carol K. 12-08-16
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    "Wee worth the read!"

    Fantastic book! The narration is exceptional, like hearing a production on stage. The history lesson interwoven with the characters produces a very moving account of the times. Bravo! Don't miss this one!

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    Carol P. 10-23-16
    Carol P. 10-23-16
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    "Very enjoyable audio book"

    Although the story was not unique, the descriptions and format were interesting. The nicest surprise was the reader who did a wonderful job with various voices for the characters. It helped to keep all the people straight in my mind. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Griffin 10-18-16
    S. Griffin 10-18-16

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    "Amazing storyline"

    So enjoyed the story. At times the narrator accents bothered me but I guess by the end I was used to them.

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    bookinhand 10-05-16
    bookinhand 10-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wow!"

    For anyone who has an interest in WWII stories this is a must read. the war from the perspective of the women left behind, this story is exciting and fun while containing love and heartbreak as well. Great read from beginning to end.

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    Jim 09-19-16
    Jim 09-19-16
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    "Never Forget"

    This kind of book is not a love it type of book. This kind of book is an enlightening book to remind you of how some of the population will respond one way about war and the others will turn on there fellow man to gain a buck. It described the situations of people and there hardships during World War 2 as a result of power struggles with out spending a lot of time on Hitler but on what he created.

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    Sue 09-05-16
    Sue 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Liked it"
    If you could sum up War Brides in three words, what would they be?

    Very good listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how all of their lives intertwined


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

    I was wrapped up enough in the story that I cried at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it and think it is very well worth the listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Julie Smith
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    9/9/16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writer built the characters so well and believable. Loved the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WP
    8/30/16
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    "Amusing accent"

    I've just started listening to this book (my first audio book) in my car, and it's making the daily commute a lot more pleasant. I have to echo many of the other comments about the narration though, it is pretty bad to the point of being funny. They definitely don't talk with a Bristol twang in Sussex, in fact it even sounded a bit Irish at one point today, much to my amusement. The German speaking Tanni occasionally sounds Japanese, and I wish that Americans would steer clear of cockney accents. That said, it hasn't put me off, far from it as I am enjoying the story, and now looking for more audio books to help make my journey less onerous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy1
    UK
    7/21/16
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    "Poor Narration Good Story"
    What did you like most about War Brides?

    The story was good and that is the only reason I kept going, the narration was comic - simple English words like "fete" pronounced as fet amongst a host of other words poorly pronounced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were interesting and varied


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    I think an American trying to impersonate a cockney accent was probably too much for this narrator


    Any additional comments?

    It would be nice if the narrators actually researched how to pronounce basic English words, overall the narration was laughable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    7/21/16
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    "loved it!"

    Totally loved listening to this - once I got past the Americanism English accents! The story was convoluted and engaging, whilst also being a people story with plenty of characters to get to know. :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • thea1710@aol.com
    Tredegar, South Wales
    7/17/16
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    "Fascinating wartime story, with excellent narration."

    A book which I really enjoyed, listening to the exploits of five young women during the war years. The historical detail was superb, and the writer must have carried out a great deal of research.
    The whole audio book was evocative of the war years and the story was gripping enough to keep me interested throughout.
    Tafia Gilbert was an excellent narrator, who brought to life the characters with an array of accents, imitation of male as well as female voice plus the ability to 'age' characters speech. She really brought the story to life. Excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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