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The Canterbury Sisters

Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Che Milan's life is falling apart. Not only has her longtime lover abruptly dumped her, but her eccentric, demanding mother has recently died. When an urn of ashes arrives along with a note reminding Che of a half-forgotten promise to take her mother to Canterbury, Che finds herself reluctantly undertaking a pilgrimage. Within days she joins a group of women who are walking the 60 miles from London to the shrine of Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

In the best Chaucer tradition, the women swap stories as they walk, each vying to see who can best describe true love. Che, who is a perfectionist and workaholic, loses her cell phone at the first stop and is forced to slow down and really notice the world around her, perhaps for the first time in years.

©2015 Kim Wright (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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The Canterbury Sisters

Seeing as this is my third time reading/listening to the Canterbury Sisters, my review won't exactly be my first impressions. Nevertheless, I still found that I loved this book every bit as much as I did on my first go-around. Here are my thoughts.

First off, I adored the modern take of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; it made the perfect theme for this novel about healing, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking the journey along with Che.

As for the setting, the descriptions of the tiny villages along the trail sounded perfect; they made me wish I was on the trail despite being a non-hiker.

In terms of the characters, the one thing that I didn't like is that I felt that we didn't know enough about Che; as a reader, I sensed that we only scratched the surface on what she is like and what makes her tick, which is unusual considering that she is the main character. However, aside from that, I loved the cast of characters that Kim Wright has created, they all had their quirks which made them perfect.

Finally, in terms of narration, Bernadette Dunne did an alright job; it wasn't the worst I have heard, but it did feel a bit monotone at some points in the story.

Overall, despite having read/listened to The Canterbury Sisters three times, it remains one of my favourite books. I am sure that in a few years I will pull out this book and listen to it yet again.

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The Canterbury Sisters

Seeing as this is my third time reading/listening to the Canterbury Sisters, my review won't exactly be my first impressions. Nevertheless, I still found that I loved this book every bit as much as I did on my first go-around. Here are my thoughts.

First off, I adored the modern take of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; it made the perfect theme for this novel about healing, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking the journey along with Che.

As for the setting, the descriptions of the tiny villages along the trail sounded perfect; they made me wish I was on the trail despite being a non-hiker.

In terms of the characters, the one thing that I didn't like is that I felt that we didn't know enough about Che; as a reader, I sensed that we only scratched the surface on what she is like and what makes her tick, which is unusual considering that she is the main character. However, aside from that, I loved the cast of characters that Kim Wright has created, they all had their quirks which made them perfect.

Finally, in terms of narration, Bernadette Dunne did an alright job; it wasn't the worst I have heard, but it did feel a bit monotone at some points in the story.

Overall, despite having read/listened to The Canterbury Sisters three times, it remains one of my favourite books. I am sure that in a few years I will pull out this book and listen to it yet again.

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A wonderful story

This book opens up the possibilities of understanding everyone’s story. I will Use it to remember that each of us does have a story and we must weave those stories into a Tapestry to shore use up against the world attacking us and our beliefs.

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a great read.

The women are so real that by the end of the book you feel as if you have seen parts of yourself and of many of your close friends. Makes you think just a little bit.

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ugh.

Kept waiting for it to be better...
really insipid story. If you want a fluff filled story told by many women with the same "voice" this is it. the narrator is okay, but all the stories sound alike.