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The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters, Book 1
Narrated by: Emily Lucienne
Series: The Seven Sisters, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
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Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters were all adopted as babies. When their father dies each of them are given a clue to their true heritage - a clue which takes Maia across the world…

Rio de Janeiro, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio convinces her father to allow her to accompany him to Europe. There, in the heady, vibrant cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again…

©2014 Lucinda Riley (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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"What an absolutely fantastic storyteller - I was immediately immersed in the story, and absolutely compelled" (Katherine Webb)

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Simply charming and exciting

Would you listen to The Seven Sisters again? Why?

Yes. I find there will probably be more clues to pick up as the story will obviously progress. I can't wait for the sequels. Surely there are more to come. The story ended with a clue to the beginning of the next saga. There is still so much to see were the author is going with this. 5 more sisters, Pa-salts past and connection with the girls, SPOILER ALERT- 7th sister.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think I had a favorite, they were all intriguing in their own way.

What about Emily Lucienne’s performance did you like?

Very well done. Love the way she is able to speak in the accents and languages that make the stories come alive.

If you could take any character from The Seven Sisters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Pa-salt. What was he up to?

Any additional comments?

Please don't disappoint. Must know when the sequels can be expected. More, more, more.

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Who Are You?

It had a slow start, but once it got going, I couldn't put it down. I'm hoping to find the stories about the remainder of the sisters, as this book only delved into the complete story of the eldest. Though fictional, it makes you question who you are and who do you want to be.

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  • Jeannine
  • Mobile, AL, United States
  • 02-15-15

The seven sisters

This is wonderful a great book. I love Lucinda Riley books so I'm buying another one right away. Great read.

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Wonderful story.

The first book in the series was fascinating. It was hard to put it down every night. I can't wait for the second book to be released.

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Great story!

If you could sum up The Seven Sisters in three words, what would they be?

Couldn't put down

What did you like best about this story?

The writers brought the characters to Life.

Which scene was your favorite?

Grandmother speaking to Maya.

If you could take any character from The Seven Sisters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Isabella. Her story was faded after her husband discovered the truth.

Any additional comments?

I am now a fan of Lucinda Riley and can't wait to read the next book in this series. In the meantime I will be listening to another on of Lucinda's books.

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  • Janet
  • PLANO, TX, United States
  • 07-27-15

creative and captivating

I did enjoy the story very much. There was interesting historical fiction and good character development. I look forward to the rest in the series… with the exception of the narrator. While she did well with the accents, many times she seemed to ne thinking of something other than what she was reading and her low monotone was distracting. That said, overall I enjoyed this book.

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wonderful story

This was a wonderful story, well written and I hope from the ending that it is only the beginning and there will be the other six sisters stories. Loved the narrator, her voice, and accents were great.

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  • Hudson
  • LAPEER, MI, United States
  • 03-04-15

There MUST be more to follow....

I enjoyed this book, but it left so many loose ends. I didn't understand why so many characters were introduced in detail, and then never mentioned again. I will look for more!

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Great first book of the series

I enjoyed this book so much I listened through the night to finish! I can't wait for the next one!

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Loved it!

Mystery, family, history and travel around the globe all wrapped up into a fascinating great read. Can't wait to read the next book.

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  • wilsmarm
  • 07-13-19

Love Mills & Boon? You will love this.

I really don't ever like being negative, but this is by far the worst audio book I've ever listened to. I mistakenly thought I had to finish it before leaving a review, but as I've discovered otherwise, I've stopped listening immediately, with only 5 of the incredibly long 18.5 hours left to go.
Firstly, the narrator, who makes such a difference to an audiobook, lacks any variety. All the characters sound the same, whether male or female, angry or happy, and apart from one French character, all accents from various parts of the world sounded like they belonged in an English finishing school for girls.... totally emotionless whining throughout. What makes this doubly frustrating is the fact that she makes a beautiful job of pronouncing foreign words and place names... She seems to have the skill, but hasn't applied it to more than 1% of her reading.
Secondly, the writing. Appalling. The use of the same standard phrases and adverbs throughout has driven me to distraction. Has this woman never discovered a thesaurus? The speech construction is so utterly contrived it bears no resemblance to anything vaguely realistic, even taking into account the jumps between centuries, and as in a chain reaction, this gives the narrator very little to work with.
Lastly, the story. Quite an interesting concept, but very predictable. I have absolutely no desire to read the rest of the series.
I seem to be in a minority with my opinion, so well done to the author with her tremendous success, and good luck with future writing. (But if you are reading this, please invest in a thesaurus...)

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  • Frances
  • 12-08-14

Unanswered questions and misleading title.

What made the experience of listening to The Seven Sisters the most enjoyable?

The book was characteristic of Lucinda Riley in that the story was wide ranging geographically and totally captivating in its delineation of character. Her ability to seize local atmosphere and convey local colour is excellent. However, I was disappointed in one respect: the title, The Seven Sisters, lead me to expect that the origins of all the sisters would be revealed in the course of the story, but this was not so. Are there to be sequels? I was left feeling that there was a great deal more to be said. I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment by elaborating on this but it would be interesting to read what other listeners thought. An engaging read, nevertheless.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

As mentioned above, I would have liked to know more about the other sisters.

What about Emily Lucienne’s performance did you like?

It was an absolute joy to have a narrator who could pronounce the French and Portuguese names and references perfectly. So often audiobooks are spoiled by poor pronunciation of foreign terms, which destroys credibility.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Probably when the heroine's grandmother finally acknowledged her grand daughter.

Any additional comments?

Please, Lucinda Riley, let us have a sequel - or several!

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  • Emily Abbott
  • 01-12-19

Narration so awful I can't finish book

I've tried really hard with this one, having heard it advertised on the Sentimental Garbage podcast (which I highly recommend). But the narration is too too awful and I just cannot finish it. Such a shame. Wish I'd bought a hard copy. Each book in the series is narrated by a different person. Fingers crossed they're better than this.

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  • The Smiths
  • 02-26-15

Cant wait for the next one! Please!

Where does The Seven Sisters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 15

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seven Sisters?

The last moment! I felt shocked and sad that it was over! I wanted more!
Also when Maia discovers that her roots are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and she travels there, the way the Author describes the streets and ambiance of such an amazing City now and in generations past, with a gorgeous account of how the Christo was built and how her Great Grandmothers story is entwined with the Christo and her life!

What does Emily Lucienne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I loved listening to this book, just the right narrator and the accents were perfect, if I had just read it I would have missed the different voices and moods.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Seven Sisters is moving and absorbing, and I was absolutely transfixed by it.

Any additional comments?

I have read all of Lucinda Rileys books so far and my favorite to date has been The light behind the window, and this book delivers more. I have always loved been taken back and forth through generations and time in a good read and this book does it beautifully with hopefully 5 more sisters to go.... or six?

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  • Mrs. H. N. Robinson
  • 05-02-15

One Sister's story

What did you like most about The Seven Sisters?

I liked the premise for the story - a man adopting 6 children then when he died he gave each the means to find out where they had come from. [The title is rather misleading, actually - although you think you may discover one more in the text - there were only 6 adopted - according to this text] We only got Meia's story - I was looking for the next book for Ali's story! I want to listen to the next book in this series - only there is not a series!!
I loved the unexpected twist at the end! I had to listen twice to really get it though.

Have you listened to any of Emily Lucienne’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As the book went on I began to appreciate the pronunciation of all the Brazillian names - excellent.

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

Yes I really wanted to know what happened next

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  • Gillian
  • 01-29-15

Good story but leaves you frustrated

Would you consider the audio edition of The Seven Sisters to be better than the print version?

I always prefer to have audio versions of books these days. I don't have time to read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think all the characters were good but, I was always left wanting more out of each of them and none of their stories seemed to have answers to all of the questions that I had in my head.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I found the narration a bit flat. When I first started listening the narrator seemed to be gabbling through the book so I slowed it down on my Kindle...it was a little better then.

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

I found it very hard to have any emotion because the story lines are dangled in front of you....you get lots of questions in your head and then they just finish unsatisfactorily with the questions still dangling.....my only reaction really was one of annoyance.

Any additional comments?

Hated the ending, it meant nothing to me. In fact I was very surprised when it ended as I thought there were hours worth of loose ends to tie up and lots of characters that had been mentioned but never explored. I assume, like most of the other reviewers, that there are going to be other stories about the other sisters....an explanation as to who and what the housekeeper was to the adoptee Father....who the adoptee Father actually was...where he came from....why he adopted young girls...why he never married....why he disappeared for long periods of time....what he did when he disappeared....why the Tycoon who committed suicide was on a yacht along side the Father's when he was buried at sea.....why Zed wanted to connect up again.....Too many unanswered questions.......A good book, but could have been so much better.

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  • Eryl Latham
  • 08-06-19

Interesting story

Spoilt by the monotone narrator who also spoke very slowly so I will not listen to the other books in the series

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  • Rebekah Barton
  • 08-03-19

Narrator was wrong choice

Good story almost ruined by appalling narration.She sounded like a school teacher reading an Enid Blyton book. Main character was meant to be Swiss not pronounced English

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-19

Predicrable

good start, now drawn out and predictable. Disappointing. think I'll struggle to finish and unlikely to buy more.




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  • Sara
  • 07-06-19

Shame about the narration

This book was recommended to me by someone who knows me well, so I was eager to listen to it. However I felt the narration was so dull, and just badly read, like the narrator had no connection with the meaning- that I gave up and have got the book from the library. It’s such a pity, I really believe great narration can lift a mediocre story, but the opposite is also true, mediocre narration can ruin a great story. Really disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-18

Seven Sisters

This was my very first book read on Audible and my very first audio book.
They say when you read a good book you just can’t put it down. Well I just couldn’t put my phone down. It was on at home, in the car and every chance I got.
I will certainly be purchasing many audible books to come.
The Seven Sisters is a must read.
I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to listen to the rest of the books in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-17

Beautifully written story

What I loved most of all was the way the book was written. The eloquence in which the tale was written and spoken was easy to absorb. However, being adopted myself and having searched and found, there were many things I could relate to but many of the characters emotions, I could not.
I wondered much of the way through if the author had truly grasped the true nature and early desires of an adopted child.

I struggled to understand the ending and was left searching for a final chapter to no avail.

Still, the story was for the most part lovely, informative and I certainly enjoyed the beautiful descriptions relating to PARIS, Geneva and especially Brazil. 👏

Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-19

Too complicated

The story was very complicated to follow and it was too drawn out. Too many characters with French names going from past to present. I stuck with it and finished it but wont be downloading the other books in the trilogy.

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  • Rebecca
  • 10-09-16

Love it!

I loved it so much that I've listened to it three times! An interesting story and well read.

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  • Valerie Hancock
  • 03-17-16

frustrated

there are too many unanswered mysteries in this book and there is another 6 books to go before I find out the answers which havent even been written yet. left frustrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-19

Loved every second.

The seven sisters allowed me to feel like I was travelling the world, from Paris to Rio. A beautiful easy listening story. Highly recommended.

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  • BJI
  • 04-29-19

What a compelling story full of stories!

Loved listening to this mystery. I now want to visit Brazil!!
And get straight into the next book. A great listen over my holiday.

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  • Candy McGrath
  • 02-17-19

A+

What a wonderful story. The perfect way to pass time while feeling unwell. Highly recommended.

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  • Irit
  • 01-03-19

loved this book!

Loved this book and am very excited to continue with other books in the series. The narration though, is horrible, and at times I wished that I have been reading this book, instead listening to... The accents were horrible, the need for a "British" accent in all the characters, even those that were ment to be Brazilian by birth like Floriano's little daughter were completely out of context. The different voices the narrator was trying to create are very poor, and don't add to the overall experience. Sadly, the narration really disappointing, and I'm considering whether to try and read the others.. The story and the characters are wonderful!