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In a very class-conscious society, a girl with a family who must be employed, no dowry, and some VERY obnoxious relatives would not expect to meet with an earl's brother/naval hero in the ballrooms of the ton. But the hero is blinded at Trafalgar, becomes embittered and alone but for one friend. They happen to meet in the wallflowers corner, and what she says to him makes him start on a course of self-evaluation. Then, they meet inadvertently in the park as she is escaping the relatives/exercising her uncle's disappointing large hound. It is a romance, a veteran's tale, a tribute to friendship, and a testimony to therapy dogs. All in all, a much better tale than the ordinary efforts. I found it well worth the read!
Pippa Rathborne gave an excellent performance without artifice.
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8 of 8 people found this review helpful
From the moment the story started I fell in love with Amelia. I enjoyed her quick wit and easy banter with Captain Worthington. I love these kinds of stories so much. I enjoyed every minute. Perfect beach read, even though I wasn't actually at the beach while reading it!
The narrator was flawless.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Captain's Wallflower the most enjoyable?
Good story, involving a blind sea captain, who, through his disability, saw how his (pre-blind) arrogance & conceit had clouded his judgement of the world, and the ladies in society. He realised what a shallow existence he had led & his blindness and the wallflower, Amelia, 'opened his eyes'
Who was your favorite character and why?
I think the Captain as he had the biggest journey to travel. Equal billing has to go to Samson the dog, who became his eyes. I also liked the character of the captain's brother who was a humble man, even though an Earl.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Pippa Rathborne?
Anyone but her. Dreadful doesn't even begin to describe her. Her voice was much, much too old for the characters within the story and her irritating way of running sentences together was annoying. She did a dis-service to Ms Harrison's lovely book.
My favourite narrators are without doubt, Nicholas Boulton & Alex Wyndham - both outstanding. Of a female voice, Phyllida Nash is always a pleasure to listen to. I have a keen ear & I adore audiobooks, they have helped enrich my life, so to listen to a good book, well read, is one of life's joys. A badly-read book is worse than a poorly-written book, well read.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
In parts, it made me smile, particularly when the dog, Samson was involved. It was a gentle book which I think I will read in the future (as opposed to listen)
Any additional comments?
Sadly the narrator made the young 23 year old Amelia sound about 60 years of age, and her incessant need to run sentences into each other, even though different characters were speaking was unfortunate. As a result, I wouldn't recommend listening to this book, but I have downloaded it instead & intend reading it at some point.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
While the plot is not necessarily unique, the story is feel good, sweet and hopeful. The protagonists meet all the expectations of regency characters, as do the descriptions of settings, etc. The narration matches the story as well.
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