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The Darling Girls

Narrated by: Laura Kirman
Length: 13 hrs
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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When the world-famous conductor Leo Bruck dies suddenly, the three women who loved him meet for the first time at his graveside. Victoria, his partner of 20 years and mother of two of his children; Maddy, mother of Leo's daughter Phoebe; and 24-year-old Cat. Can these three very different women, whose lives become inextricably bound, break free from the masterful control Leo exerts - even from the grave?

©2013 Emma Burstall (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"Smart, funny and poignant" (Daily Mirror)
"I couldn't put it down. I loved this honest, absorbing story. A terrific read." (Lorraine Kelly)

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  • Isabelle
  • 07-05-14

Good Chick Lit

Good chick lit, but still very much chick lit. Too many descriptions of clothes and make-up. I think it would have been better if it about 20% of the detail had been left out. The story was good and the characters engaging and in it's entirety it was uplifting. But I found myself getting annoyed by some of the irrelevant detail and endless descriptions of looks, hair and clothes.

The narrator has a lovely voice and does accents pretty well, apart from the poor Turkish kebab shop owner who sounded like a caricature of a chinese take-away owner. The problem I had with the narration was one I find all too common in some of the younger readers. She reads the book without first understanding where the sentence is going, therefore pauses in all the wrong places. Though I found it quite frustrating after a while, it wasn't enough to spoil the book for me.

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  • Jess
  • 09-06-16

The darling girls

A bit long winded and not a good ending - Shame as it started so well !

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  • C M Kelly
  • 05-30-19

A Page Turner

This is the second time I have listened to this book. Harry Potter is the only other ones for me to do this. Story kept you engaged and wanting to know what would be the fall out as situations occurred and new information came to light.

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