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Saffelia Forrest and the Snowfall Grove

The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 2
Narrated by: Amy Du Quesne
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
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"The snow dropped on the Orb like a huge blanket of love, and we rolled around in it like it was a lake of white chocolate and then cuddled up for warmth. That was when it happened, when she did it. It tasted nice, like softness. Softer than snow, warmer than heaven."

When four school friends go camping in the Snowfall Grove, they unwittingly uncover the hidden secrets of their new teachers. But as their final year at Plunket’s comes to a close, will they reveal the biggest secret of all - the one hiding in their midst?

Saffelia Forrest and the Snowfall Grove is the second novel in Dominic Jericho's coming-of-age series. It explores issues of friendship and misplaced authority amid the bliss of Romantic poetry.

©2018 Dominic Jericho (P)2018 Dominic Jericho

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Curious Story: Written for an Adolescent Audience

Saffelia Forrest and the Snowfall Grove
The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 2
By: Dominic Jericho
Narrated by: Amy Du Quesne

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This book is written almost as beautiful poetry and that artistry is missed when listening to it in audiobook format. I really wanted to like this curious story but found it very hard to listen too. The book was really all over the place which made it somewhat confusing, could be it needs further editing.

This story is written for a younger audience perhaps the young adult category. It takes place on a teenage camping trip in the mysterious Snowfall Grove. The youngsters or teenagers (they certainly act like both) uncover mysteries and secrets of the teachers of Plunket School. This is a coming of age story with mystery and a little bit of suspense.

As an audiobook listener I just couldn't get into the story, or fully understand what exactly was occurring at times. I rewound this audiobook so many times! The dialogue in the book implied a much younger person than what the actual age these children were supposed to be. I was left confused most of the time as to what exactly was going on. Don't get me wrong this may be another persons cup of tea if you enjoy young adult narrative poetry.

The narrator was hard to understand at times, the wispy voice did not match the story being told. The narrators voice kept lulling me to sleep instead of keeping me interested in the story. I had to speed up the narration speed, and that still did not help. I believe this is a make or break circumstance with the narrator.

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  • Finola H. J Clark
  • 03-15-19

Rambling Tale of Youth

I was given a free copy for an honest review.

The narrator does an excellent job when performing the speech parts of this book, however for the narrative, it's difficult to listen to as it's slow and punctuation either missed, or missing from the actual text. I sped up the play to 125% and it helped a bit.

I found the rambling nature of this book did not captivate my attention. I love creative use of words to evoke the mood of scenes, feelings and so on, but I felt the author overused descriptive to the point that it often distracted from the story. I get that the main character likes writing, but sometimes, simpler is just better.

Story-wise, in there, there's the potential for a great story but I felt the book would have benefitted from being edited down to half its length and the links between the exciting parts focused on and built upon.

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  • Simon Gibson
  • 02-18-19

Interesting But Requires Further Editing

I wanted to fully immerse myself in this coming of age novel but wasn't sure what it wanted to be. The dialog in places reflected much younger characters and was not natural. There doesn't seem to be a clear focus to the story instead it stumbles along with no direction making it difficult to maintain interest. I had no attachment to the characters. I had to speed up the narration 10% which made it listenable. There is a novel in here but it needs a good editor to bring it to the fore.