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I thoroughly enjoyed the story - the plot follows Mathilde, a young french woman as she tries to discover what happened to her missing fiancee in the closing months of World War I.
The narrator was great, although the number of French names and places (pronounced with a flawless and therefore hard-to-follow French accent) that are introduced at the beginning of the book were a bit hard for me to keep up with. I got it figured out eventually, but I had a hard time distinguishing characters at first. The one weakness this audiobook has is one that all suspense audiobooks have - as the mystery evolved, I found myself wanting to go back and re-read certain crucial scenes that happen at the beginning of the book (which is pretty-near impossible with audiobooks).
Regardless, I highly recommend this audiobook!
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Would you try another book from Sebastien Japrisot and/or Isabel Keating?
Interesting premise, likeable & fairly fleshed-out main caracters, but loses the reader along the journey. The author has skill to create some interesting scenarios, but is unable to craft the longing the reader should have felt through Mathilde. Perhaps a fantastic short story.
Has A Very Long Engagement turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, this was a valiant attempt and some parts held my interest.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Isabel Keating?
I enjoyed the narrator. Her voice embodied what I felt Mathilde should sound like. Determined, strong...
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Yes, I enjoyed the original love story between the two main characters and liked the interaction between Mathilde and the detective.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful