August 1939. Five cousins gather for the annual summer ritual of a holiday in Cornwall; for most of them it is the last summer of their youth. The heady exhilarations of the freedoms brought by loss of innocence, and fear, are around the corner. War will change everything.More
"It is hard to overpraise Mary Wesley's novel...so tingling and spry with life that put a mirror to the book and I'll almost swear it will mist over with the breath of the five young cousins." (The Times)
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I am so jolly well confused, dash it all!
Mary Wesley yes, Anna Massey NO going by this experience
Polly, she got to shag the blonde twins and seems to navigate life better than the rest of them.
Anna's voice as narrator was perfectly appropriate - between the spoken exchanges. When it came to speaking the parts of the characters there were simply too many voices to be able to keep them clearly defined from each other. The mens 'voices' were particularly hammy and rendered the book quite excruciating to listen to. The women's 'voices' were hard to distinguish - Austrian accented one aside, but not as awful as the males. I had read the book years ago and remembered it fondly. This experience has ruined the story for me. It would have read better had a man or two been employed to do the male voices.
Painful, I will think long and hard about the narrator used in future. Currently listening to Lolita for which Jeremy Irons voice and tone is perfect despite the over wordiness.