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A Gorgeous Rendition

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-2020

Now THIS is how you bring a beloved classic to life!

The dramatic adaption is like an old-fashioned radio play, but like a cut above.

Who better to lead a vibrant cast of voice actors than Emma Thompson. She makes for easy listening and has just the right 'nod of the head' towards Jane Austen's satire.

For those who are yet to read this book, may I recommend this Audible version. It's short enough to keep you captivated and long enough to ensure you're not left wanting.

Waiting for More

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-2020

I had high expectations for this book but, sadly, I felt something was missing.

There have been attempts to draw parallels to 'Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine', however, this book is the poorer cousin of the latter. I was left feeling like we'd been read a laundry list of escapades by this character, as opposed to a story that went somewhere.

Unfortunately, I felt the narrator was almost worse than the story itself. Bereft of cadence, I found the reading stilted and dull.



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A Tapestry of Time and Characters

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-2020

Joanna Froggatt is a talent to behold; she adds depth and warmth to the tale, not to mention the ability to carry the enormous task of capturing a myriad of voices, accents and personalities. She does it with aplomb. I think this is the reason I liked the book so much.

On its own, the story is rich, albeit complex. I was whisked away to England and coaxed into an intoxicating mystery that centres around art — always a favourite theme of mine. Morton weaves so many characters into this book, creating a ghostly, mysterious and colourful tapestry of detail.

This can feel at times tedious to grapple with, yet it’s not a major sore point. I’m left feeling the story becomes that much richer and more imaginative for it.

The writing is exquisite — utterly charming and worthy of memorising and quoting. Morton has an ability to pen thoughts and feelings into works of art that rival any entrancing painting.

There are Gothic themes, romance, a reverence for art, along with a mysterious manor as one of the book’s central characters. It is indeed an otherworldly tale that will make you feel worlds away from your current life.

Rolled on the Floor Laughing!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-2019

What a rip-snorting, guffaw-inducing, boredom-quelling audiobook!

This original publication is a fantastic way to while away the hours with something light and delightful. A fun performance with an all-star cast (I think I practically squealed when I got to the chapter about the Sirens).

Sure, it's a pretty basic storyline, but it was peppered with wit and naughty one-liners that made up for any lack of storyline finesse. But, who am I kidding here? Those one-liners are the leading star of this audiobook (alongside the fabulous Kate and Emily).

Come for the cast, stay for the hilarious banter.