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I am a huge Trollope fan, both Anthony and Joanna.
She writes with love and grit about family life in Modern England. We care about her people and wish them all the very best. The reader was outstanding and not the sadly to frequent overly dramatic Audible reader. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a grand tale well told. Read it and then anything else Trollopean.
Would you consider the audio edition of City of Friends to be better than the print version?
Absolutely, Adjoa Andoh has an extraordinary capacity to depict moods and tone of voice and that amplifies the author's wit and wisdom. Andoh also has a stunning command of multiple accents and manners of speaking so that you get a real sense of the age, ethnicity, gender and other aspects of the diversity of the characters in the story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Friends?
The speech Melissa gave regarding men hitting on women in the workplace and her relaxed, firm refusal to let Will buy her a drink afterward as the glory of that speech was not his to revel in. Well done!
Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favorite?
Andoh did them all so well. Something about the terseness of Beth was dead on as was the depiction of teenage angst and emerging sagacity in Tom.
If you could rename City of Friends, what would you call it?
The title is fine. This might be a bit on the nose but might I suggest "World of Friends" for the sequel as they travel to see Beth in Switzerland?
Any additional comments?
I am interested in this author now and my first pick of her other books is "daughters in law" but so far the narration is comparably quite bland.
I had eagerly awaited the release of Joanna Trollope's latest audiobook, but sadly and unusually, it was a bit of a let down.
Whilst this story was well-narrated and the main four characters easily identifiable, it didn't really go anywhere.
Joanna Trollope books usually fall into the 'unputdownable' category for me, but I just didn't feel I'd lived the story with the characters or that there was a start, middle or (satisfactory) end.
Emotions seemed muted, scenarios felt predictable and conclusions never happened.
Sorry. I hate to give bad reviews but I hope this gives guidance for potential purchasers of the audiobook.
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Would you try another book written by Joanna Trollope or narrated by Adjoa Andoh?
I have read and listened to other Joanna Trollop books and some have been very good, The Best of Friend, The Men and the Girls to name two. I will probably try again in the future. I am not sure if the narrator was to blame, or if this book was just not suited to audible content, there are four friends with four accents and the narrator simply did not get the voices right, Beth was particularly appalling, there is also boring descriptions, people getting ready for bed, painting toe nails etc, all OK it you are reading it yourself, you can speed up, but with a narrator it is simply painfully slow.<br/><br/>This is the first time that I have given up without finishing an audible book, there was no terrible secret, nothing worthwhile to either break or bond the women, just dreary everyday stuff.
What will your next listen be?
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What didn’t you like about Adjoa Andoh’s performance?
I really didn't like her Scottish, Welsh and American accents, really poor. Other than that her reading was fine, I think it was just a boring book.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Nothing but frustration at such an empty plot.
Any additional comments?
I would say just don't bother with it, not when there are millions of brilliant books out there.
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