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Australia, 1946: 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men.

On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, it soon becomes clear that the journey is more important than the destination....

©2005 Jojo Moyes (P)2005 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Elizabeth B
  • 06-12-18

Good, but found it slow.

I love most of Jojo Moyes books , and as I am in my eighties, expected to be riveted, but found it difficult to get really into it. The story, historically is fascinating, and simply amazing but the characters didn't grip me. I don't know why.

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  • mary
  • 02-19-18

A faultlessly told, touching story.

For days, Ive been putting off finishing this book because I just didnt want it to end. I didn't want to lose touch with an excellent array of characters. The story and the way it was developed and plotted, was compelling and the reader gave a distinct and fitting sense to every voice.

I felt the emotion underpinning each character. That's something that thus author achieves: subsiduary characters have the same depth and sense of a 'backstory ' as the principles, and you really care about the fate that befalls them all.

I'd heartily recommend this book in every respect. I dont think I've ever given a book 5 stars across the board, but this was a truly excellent l7sten.

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  • Kathst
  • 02-23-18

based on true story it's superb

every charter you feel as if you know and care about in this. based on a story I knew nothing about. I found this fascinating and it was usually witty . as always jo jo moyles as brought these characters and situation to life . I would say this is one of her best works and I've listened to nearly all of them . i would highly recommend to anyone. this is very enjoyable and moving

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  • Diane H. Smith
  • 01-15-18

A gem of an audio book

I can unreservedly recommend The Ship Of Brides. As good as it gets in my opinion. A really interesting and absorbing story ( as always with JoJo Moyes) and the narrator was amazing. I didn’t want it to end, though I was desperate to hear what happened! Fabulous!

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  • Liz
  • 01-26-18

Superb Read

Lovely, lovely story - gentle, but quite un-put-downable.

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The narration was SUPERB!!!! Regional accents, dialects, male, female all completely and instantly recognisable.

This is what made a great listen a superb one!

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  • CLAIRE
  • 01-22-18

Not one of her best ☹️

I love Jojo Moyes’s books, and this one was ok. Took a bit to get into it. Good story if a bit waffley. If your looking for a easy read that doesn’t take much concentration this book will do. If you’re new to Jojo’s books I would start with another one. “Last letter from your lover” was brilliant! This was ok.

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  • Kirstine
  • 07-10-18

History made personal

It's a slowly evolving story that kept me listening. I agree with others that the story it is slow, but this gives one time to get to know the fictitious characters. The story is a mix of actual events in the immediate post WW2 period when young Australian brides of British servicemen were transported by sea to the UK in an epic 6 week journey on an aircraft carrier. The story is full of the kind of emotions that these young women must have experienced: would they still love the man they'd married in haste; how would they cope with a new country and would they miss their family back home?

I enjoyed this long book and thought the narrator excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-18

Stick with it!

I found this book quite hard to get into and didn’t like the narrator at all at first which was off putting. However, once the book got going, so did the narration with great and varied voices. Had me riveted by the end and sad to have just finished it!

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  • Miss C m Harker
  • 01-02-18

Wonderful book, brilliantly narrated

As per all of her books, Jojo Moyes has nailed it, again, with ship of brides. Such a good story which had me addicted!
The narrator absolutely amazed me also though, bringing the story to life, with each and every person having their own identity. You can tell exactly who is talking, before their names are even mentioned.
This is a must listen!!

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  • JULIEANN GODFREY
  • 02-04-18

Left wanting a little more

story line was somewhat predictable Characters where interesting if only there was more depth in the last few days aboard the ship. it's those chapters I struggled to stay interested

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-18

loved it

Could sometimes be confusing to follow but the story wss very interesting and the narrator awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-18

Enjoyed the story immensely

I loved the story line and the narrator was great. I went to bed each night with my earphones in so that I could keep on listening throughout the night.

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  • Kate Le Petit
  • 06-10-18

incredible narration of a fantastic plot.

the best book I have ever listened too. usually I listen to books when I am on a road trip. I made extra time specially to listen to this book.

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  • Erica
  • 02-08-18

Not my favourite from this author

I’ve read lots of Jojo Moyes and love her work. This one was good but not her best. I think there were a few too many characters so it took me a bit to get them all straight in my head. But it was an interesting story and was resolved well in the end.

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  • Denise
  • 01-22-18

A fantastic journey

Nicolette McKenzie brings the characters of this amazing story to life, her narration of each character so realistic the reader feels the sadnes, joys and fears of each one. I was even starting to dread what I thought might be the outcome of this story, so cleverly does Jojo Moynes weave her tale. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-18

Stunning Story Telling!

I loved this book and couldn’t stop listening! I loved the intricacies of many of the characters and the ending was also wonderful!

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  • Colette McNeill
  • 01-05-18

Beautiful and engaging

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. the characters were wonderfully real and engaging

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  • Cil
  • 01-04-18

Great story, excellent narrator.

Where does The Ship of Brides rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favourites. Listened to it driving up an down the east coast of australia while on holidays and couldn't wait to get back in the car to keep listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ship of Brides?

Hearing the stories of each character. Almost relaable in that I could imagine myself in any one of these girls shoes all those years ago.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I couldn't really pick one, but anything between Nichol and Frances always had me listening just a little bit closer.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Excellent narrator who moved between characters and accents with ease. Perfectly told.

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  • Wendy
  • 10-08-18

Great Read

Enjoyed the book - really want to hear more about what happened once they left the ship.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-18

Eye Opening.

An eye opening story of events after the second World War, of difficult times that must have tested all involved.