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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The main thing I would like to have seen was a lot more "showing" and less "telling". The reader was told about all sorts of character development through 3rd-person narration without actually getting to see a lot of character development happening. I would also have changed the love-interest altogether - it simply wasn't believable at all. There was nothing about Anna Browne's love-interest that seemed terribly appealing other than that he was allegedly handsome. His character wasn't developed at all; I actually found myself saying "why??" out loud whenever Anna talked longingly about this fellow - not because I thought he was awful but because as the reader I'd not been shown anything about him or their relationship that demonstrated the growing attraction that I was supposed to now believe in.
What was most disappointing about Miranda Dickinson’s story?
Like other reviewers, I warmed to Anna after a while, but I just didn't understand the interest in Ben, the man she supposedly falls in love with. It was so unbelievable, and disappointing in the end that this is the guy she fawns over.
Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favorite?
Anna's mum is performed really believably and in a cringe-worthy way. It was raw and uncomfortable - just as it was supposed to be. Bravo!
Was A Parcel for Anna Browne worth the listening time?
By about halfway through, I found myself rolling my eyes quite a bit at the way the backstory and character development seems to be thrown together rather haphazardly through the narrator simply adding facts along the way, rather than the picture having been painted in a believable way. I'm not sure that I'd recommend spending 13 hours on this.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book shows how simple acts of kindness and daily interactions can impact people in more ways than you might realize. I truly enjoyed this book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have listened to a huge number of audio books now and I have never come across a book where I have heard the same part of text repeated. It would have been forgivable once but there must have been four occasions when the narrator repeated text. If the company producing cannot be bothered to check there offering then it's a pretty poor show!
The story did try to keep you guessing and I listed until the end but I feel the plot line was a little bit thin and was stretched just too much. What was a good plot idea just needed more strands. I got a bit fed up with Anna Brown in the end.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to A Parcel for Anna Browne again? Why?
Defiantly. A brilliant story on many levels.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Shenice Wilson she made me laugh. Probably due to Clare Corbets fantastic narration. She glides from character to character seamlessly. Eventually I warmed to Anna. Watching her grow was heart warming.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I don't want to spoil the story so I will just say one with her mother, one with her boss and and one at the end.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I will next time i am feeling ill it will improve how I feel
Any additional comments?
Its a story, a puzzle and its full of life lessons. Well worth a read.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful