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It's a very sweet touching book. It's a shame is abridged. I am
a hopeless romantic and really enjoyed it! Eva Ibbotson's writing is really magical!
I love all the Eva Ibbotson books and can read them on a loop. Unfortunately I had to go for the abridged versions on Audible because the Kate Lock unabridged ones are impossible to listen to. (I returned mine - which means you can't review them...but other reviewers have said exactly what I think anyway.) This one is better; at least the voice is quite pleasant and the reading sympathetic. However, all the foreign phrases are so mispronounced as to be unintelligible (and she does absolutely the worst Geordie accent I've ever heard). A cringe. Don't the actors think to research this first? And isn't there an editor at Audible who can help when they mess up? Does nobody check? I don't think that is asking too much.