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I bought this audiobook from Audible on the rec. of Karen of Cornflower Books, whose taste I generally appreciate. In the long run, however, I found it uneven: in the beginning, it's too sad, with two parallel stories of women who are dealing with the inevitable losses of old age; then it becomes too predictable, with WWi and WWII stories that we've all heard before and miraculously "I knew he was The One" relationships; it winds up with a big helping of "spooky-wooky" "I could feel her spirit near me" intimations and that revelation of the hidden secret that we had no idea had existed from the very beginning of the tale. So. I guess I'd say that there are some interesting/lovely aspects of the story, and the narration is beautifully done. However, my "okay" rating remains. Overall, it became an annoying book.
*Reader was great, though Saul's "American accent" grated a bit.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Though the narration was excellent and the author demonstrates a fine command of the language, the story rambled with no point. The main character Elizabeth could have been anyone with a story that simply did not matter. Elizabeth's "tragedy" did not lead to any moment of self-awareness. The plot dragged to a conclusion with no point.
The parallel contemporary story was equally pointless with characters that were neither compelling nor unique.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This was an enjoyable listen with just enough intrigue with comforting predictability. A beautiful story of love and loss spread over the generations. The characters evoked empathy and developed throughout the story. Beautiful narration by Siobhan Redmond. Great first novel, will look for the next by Kirsty Wark.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I absolutely loved this book. It kept me intrigued from the very beginning to the very end. Beautifully written, with truely excellent narration. The plot tells the 'historical' story of Elizabeth Pringle, and concurrently the story of those who inherit her legacy. If you are interested in family history, and the extraordinary hidden histories of everyday people then this may be the book for you. For me this is probably the best audio book I have listened to in the last 12 months, and i listen to a lot. I can't recommend it enough. Download without delay, but make sure you have the whole day to listen because you won't want to turn it off once you start!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful