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This book was quite nicely read by Emilia Fox, but gets its low rating from me on account of the poor abridgement. It has been so savagely and insensitively cut that at times the story barely makes sense. Far too much has been taken out, and it jumps all over the place, making for a rather unsatisfactory experience if you have not read the original novel.
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What disappointed you about A Song for Summer?
Despite my unending love for all of Eva Ibbotson's work, the audio abridgment of this one ripped the soul out of it. The reduction of gilded descriptions of a world verging on fairytale fantasy removes the very essence of Ibbotson's writing, making it almost cringey to listen to at places.
What was most disappointing about Eva Ibbotson’s story?
Nothing is disappointing about the story, her writing is beautiful, it is simply the abridgment of it I abhor. If you listened to this with no prior knowledge of Ibbotson's writing, please do yourself the favour of reading her books, they are far, far more wonderful than this portrayed them.
How could the performance have been better?
Make it unabridged!
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