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Good story hindered by confusing narration

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

Reviewed: 10-01-2021

This interesting story depicts the godmother- godchild relationship well. McInerney writes relationships well - which is the hallmark of being a good writer. Her depiction of mental illness in Jeannie is nuanced and well informed- but it seems somewhat unlikely that Jeannie still maintained such strong friendships over decades of alcoholism and aggressive behaviour. The narrators were confusing and inconsistent Having 3 narrators to represent the two godmothers and Eliza seems fine in theory - but they each had different and confusing pronunciations and at times made it difficult to follow the story. Olivia’s accent was odd to say the least and inconsistent For an audiobook it would have been better to have one good narrator.

The last in the trilogy is the worst

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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: 05-01-2021

The Larkford series fell down in quality of the story and particularly in the narration of this third book While it was great to meet the old characters again, the change in narrator diminished the story considerably. This narrator, Helen Keeley, did not differentiate well between characters, hence making it difficult to follow who was speaking.In particularly, she chose not to do a Welsh accent - which was a key part of one of the characters The story has some interesting plot lines but overall it was not as content - rich as the other two All ends happily- which is important for this genre Listeners will download this one to complete the series- but it is a long way behind the others

Poor Story

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2020

Cathy Bramley usually writes more convincingly than in this book. The story is a jerky moving one that drops major events into the lives of the characters with unconvincing responses and then jumps to another event. The main character is poorly written and her ‘misunderstandings’ of comments and situations are totally unbelievable The characters are unidimensional and unreal. It was hard to finish this book. The narrator was excellent

Sweet and Uplifting

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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: 05-12-2020

This is a lovely feel good story that is beautifully narrated. Cathy Bramley writes female characters well and although there are many implausible aspects to the story- it doesn’t matter! This is an audiobook to lose yourself in and get away from real world cares Enjoy!!

Beautiful Christmas Story

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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: 15-11-2020

Another winner from Milly Johnson. Her detailed Christmas story of the intersection of the lives of six people is a heart warming, sensitive, sad, funny and uplifting story. She writes with real emotion- the mark of a great writer. Colleen Prendergast narrated the story really well Highly recommend this audiobook

Sweet Sensitive Story

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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: 11-11-2020

Milly Johnson writes about human emotions in a beautiful, understanding way. Her characters come to life because of this skill. This story is sad, sweet and has an uplifting quality It is performed magnificently by Colleen Prendergast Highly recommend this audiobook

Fabulous Fun

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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: 30-10-2020

An entertaining lighthearted meander through various aspects of life by a great comedy duo Cheerful and laughter filled!

Extremely Boring Unless An Avid Gardener

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-2020

There is very little story and enormous detail about minutiae of gardening, that I endured in the hope that something would happen in this soporific book. A ludicrous ending made me feel even more sad that I wasted my time listening to this awful drivel The narrator is excellent. Ashley has written other novels which at least have some story content - but not this one Watching grass grow is more entertaining- to use a gardening comparison!

Feel good interesting story

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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: 01-09-2020

A lovely easy to listen to audiobook. The characters are brought to life well by Lucy Dillon and it is nice to have cameo appearances from characters in her other books. Dillon is an expert in writing emotionality well, particularly in adult relationships. Her love of dogs is a key feature in this and all her books Brilliant narration brings it all to life very well. Highly recommend this audiobook

Sweet story with backbone

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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: 03-08-2020

This is a well read romance but with earthy, gritty real aspects that lift it above a standard chick- lit story The characters are very well written and the talented reader really brings the book to life Very pleasant and satisfying audiobook