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This book was difficult to listen to and I finally just gave up after many grueling hours of hoping it would improve. It is a graphically violent story about war, betrayal, hatred and extreme loss. Disturbing on so many levels. I don't understand how this book could be considered a "wonderful holiday listen" to quote several reviewers on amazon.
I usually enjoy Caroline Lee's narration, but listening to her Australian voice reading in the Russian accents was painful at times.
The "mystery" was so predictable that it was just plain boring to boot. I am sorry that I wasted as much time on this book as I did. It was hopeless. Can't recommend it in any way at all.
38 of 47 people found this review helpful
Kept me intrigued from the very first chapter. I loved this story... Heart wrenching in parts and leaves you feeling that you can really survive anything. Highly recommend ! Another great reading from Caroline Lee too!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Why oh why has the author repeated whole chunks of narrative? It makes it too hard to follow the (very good) storyline. the first time I thought that I had inadvertently wound it back, but then it happened again and again. it got to the point that it was so annoying that I couldn't finish the book. I have read every other book by Belinda Alexander and she does not use this stupid trick anywhere else.
If you could sum up Sapphire Skies in three words, what would they be?
Really Enjoyable read
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sapphire Skies?
Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Loved narrator not heard her before
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Don't know but I did listen to book fairly quickly
Any additional comments?
Really enjoyable book
I love Belinda Alexandra's stories. While they are all historically and culturally different they all have an element of danger, an attractive and capable young woman as the main character, romance and a connection to Australia. I enjoy the background settings of these characters which are set in various countries in Europe or China. As a result of the turmoil of the major wars of our last century caused migration to counties like Australia.
Sapphire Skies was fascinating dealing with aspects of Stalin's powerful and cruel regime in Russia. While I loved this book, it seemed a little shorter to me and in some places lacked the depth of some of her previous novels. However, I eagerly await Belinda Alexandra's next novel. I am a great fan!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I did enjoy the details about history especially about the German concentration camps. I lost interest at periods throughout this book to be honest. I chose it based on reviews of The Bronze Horseman which said they were similar but this was definitely not as engrossing as The Bronze Horseman. Still, I enjoyed it enough to try more of Belinda Alexandra's books.
I do enjoy listening to Caroline Lee when she's using an Australian accent and she did do the Russian accent well too but she dropped in and out of character.