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What did you like best about Scapegallows? What did you like least?
I was looking for a historical fiction set in Australia, which I thought this book would be. It starts out in Australia, gets exciting, and then abruptly, becomes a very lengthy, detailed life story of the main character. I made it to chapter 77 out of 87 chapters, and she's still not in Australia. I can't take it any more. I'm returning it. The only thing that kept me listening this long is the performer. It's a lovely story, but in excruciating detail. It's nearly a day by day account of her entire life...and other than one chapter so far, all of the 77 chapters I've listened to are set in England. And she's still there.
Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but she's absolutely fabulous. Her performance is the only thing that kept me hanging in for so long.
Any additional comments?
The main character makes stupid decision after stupid decision because of a love for a man who never asks her to marry him and she never expects him to. That's enormously frustrating to listen to, too.