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Jessica King

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Love this story over and over again!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-07-2020

I loved this rendition so much! I, like many other readers, approach any Jane Austen book knowing the story in full. But there's something so timeless and touching about her stories that allows you to thoroughly enjoy reading/listening to them over and over again! The narration by Juliet Stevenson was absolutely spot on. She voices each character so distinctly, making it easy to follow their dialogue. Her Mrs Bates and Mr Knightly were my particular favourites! This may sound like an odd comment, but even her male character voices were convincing and authentic. With many female narrators, I find it hard to listen to the way they read male dialogue, but Juliet somehow manages to nail it. I'm convinced Juliet's narration is the only way to listen to a Jane Austen. 10/10!

Loved this book! Would read again!

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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: 15-06-2020

Wonderful read/listen. The story kept me enthralled, with the characters being so rich and grounded. I was curious about the narration at first, being that it was performed by a man and there were several female characters to read. But the voices and accents are done so well I often forgot I was listening to a man! I finished the book in only a few sittings and found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn't listening. I, like others was expecting slightly more romance, but I was pleasantly surprised and found the love stories to be beautifully written and not disappointing. In the end, I was touched by the character's journeys through grief and loss, and how they all found friendship and love, in their own way. Joined by a common goal and their love of Jane Austen, they were able to discover the healing they needed, right there with each other. Highly recommended the book and this author. I would read again for sure!

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