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Publisher's Summary

When Kendra first visits her ailing grandmother, Ella has only one request: that Kendra write her story down, before she forgets…

In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella’s life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful Île de Ré and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island’s sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free.

But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the Île de Ré. Can she ever find her way back? And does she want to?

From the windswept Île de Ré to the rugged hills of Scotland, Sea of Memories is a spellbinding journey about the power of memory, love and second chances.

©2018 Fiona Valpy (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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good book...bad narrator

I loved the book but struggled to listen to the narrator. Every sentence was like a question.

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Audible review only!!

Note:. this is simply for the audio version.

I listen to audio books all the time during my commute, but I could not continue past the first chapter of this one. If it were all just character voices only, it would be ok. Those were fine. But the narrative had such a sing-song-y thing going on that I couldn't follow what was happening. It was just so odd to me. So disappointed. I'm looking forward to finding time to read the book myself.

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Couldn't listen to it

The narrator was horrid. As the main character she sounded like she was bored, wvery single sentence delivered with no inflection, no emotion, no interest. Her other characters were very nice so I don't get it, but I'll read the book, because this is torture.

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  • Alexis
  • S.F. Bay Area, United States
  • 06-15-18

Frustrating narration of a compelling story...

I don’t know who was in charge of quality control on this audiobook project, but the droning tone and repetitive cadence of this narration spoiled this otherwise compelling and interesting novel for me and I couldn’t finish it.

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  • S. Wolf
  • Leesburg, AL United States
  • 09-17-18

Could not make it through the first chapter.....

I have no idea if this was a good read, or not. I could not make it through the first chapter. The narrator has a beautiful voice, but her intonation was not beautiful. I could not determine where one sentence ended and another began. Was she making a statement or asking a question? I have no idea. To give the author the benefit of doubt, I will attempt to read the hard copy. I just cannot recommend the Audible version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Inequitable narration

I would of liked this book better except for the narrator who's inflection annoyed me. At every comma her inflection went up and too long of a pause.

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Could not listen

I couldn’t listen the story tellers English accent was more like reciting a bad manual. The Irish accent was nice though and would have been welcome

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couldn't stand the narrator

struggled to get used to narrator 👎very halting and annoying. couldn't get through more than 4 chapters before turning off.

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Narrator

Not my cup of tea. To much up down exaggerated voice that is annoying. Ruins the book. I mean who speaks like that. No one. Annoying!! Ruins the whole experience. I be sure to avoid this narrator even if I really would like the book

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  • Serena
  • Fullerton, CA, United States
  • 10-15-18

Good story. Terrible editing.

If you can get past the narration and editing, the story is worth it. I think mostly the fault lies with the editing. There are no pauses between chapters. One sentence leads right into another and can take a few moments to realize that you are onto a new section. This said, I did really enjoy the story. It pulls you in and moves you through at a steady pace. It leaves you feeling hopeful.

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  • Debbie
  • 06-09-18

Lovely story.

I’m afraid that I found the narrators voice and style uncomfortable. The story was well written and was was carried along in it.

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  • andrea
  • 09-16-18

Perfect summer read.

Loved this book. Captured the spirit of Ile de Re, a marvelous destination that you won't want to leave! Gorgeous story of 2 brave women who both faced challenges.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-18

Sea of memories

I really enjoyed this story & the narrators voices for the different characters was sensitive and well done. However I felt the narrator did not alter her expression enough when reading the script. In particular when the story shifted time or location. This was sometimes confusing & it almost read like continuous script in places & lacked emotion when required. As this is an emotional story this detracted from the enjoyment. Overall I did enjoy the story very much.

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  • jken
  • 09-13-18

Disappointing

I haven't been able to give a proper review on the story itself, which in fact was probably one that I would like, because I couldn't cope with the reader. Her intonation was strange and very difficult to listen to. I have the book on my Kindle though so I shall read it instead.

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  • louisa m copping
  • 07-19-18

Enchanting story but let down by the narrator

This story is fantastic. It takes you away on a journey to distant times and places which feel so real you could be there. Whilst I cannot fault the story and the author's style of writing, I do feel that the narrator was not right for this book. I have never had an issue with any audible narrator before but I feel she is too stiff and her Scottish accent does not do the characters justice which is a real shame.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-18

not sure.

I didn't Finnish the book as I didn't like the narrator.i think maybe a different voice would have been better.

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  • Sailaway
  • 07-06-18

Very disappointed

Thought I was in for a real treat but the Scots narration was pathetic. It was an intense story of a Scots lady Involved in the war effort but failed to engage me

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  • Cheryl Burton
  • 07-02-18

Loved it!

Such a lovely uplifting story told in such a beautiful way that makes me feel like I have been to the places described. The characters are credible and the story believable. I will certainly be listening to more from Fiona Valpy in fact I have just downloaded the The Beekeepers Promise and can’t wait to start it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-23-18

A thoroughy enjoyabke read

Totally engrossed in this story, thoroughly enjoyable, will definitely look for this author in the future

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  • Paula
  • 06-06-18

Fantastic Read

I absolutely adored this book. I had it on Audible for when I walk and also on Kindle for down time. The story was wonderful, beautifully portrayed and the descriptions made it easy to imagine what it was like for Ellen and Christoph. A real page turner. The ending was not at all what I expected and I like that most especially.
The narrator would not have been my choice. She didn't make the book come alive as it should. Her voice was very flat and toneless throughout and one had to imagine what the characters might sound like.
Overall, it was a fantastic read and I felt the usual sadness that I often do when finishing a really good book

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  • linda goodall
  • 10-09-18

loved this beautiful story.

a beautifully written story of the many changing facets of love during a lifetime. Thank you for writing it.