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Fiona O'Connell

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great narration

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-09-2020

This book was wonderfully narrated by the author - capturing the dialect and accent that transported me to Trinidad. Loved the characters and the story.

A good historical account

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-2020

I struggled to stay focused with this book. It became too much like a list of historical facts with not enough storyline. I didn't know much about the Spanish Civil War and Chile's political history so I did learn a lot.

Outstanding narration

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Reviewed: 11-09-2018

I loved The Snow Child and love Alaska so had to read this book. I had the hard copy as well as the audio but the narrators were so good I kept opting for the audio. Once again Eowyn Ivey writes a lovely novel - although it did not feel like fiction. Beautiful prose and I loved all the different narratives.

A joy to read

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Reviewed: 26-07-2017

A lovely story, well narrated. Ann Swinfen brings 14th Century Oxford to life with very real characters and interesting history of story writing, parchment making and book binding.

A powerful memoir - better in written format

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-05-2017

I had a written copy of this book as well as the audio version and would recommend the written format - definitely 4 star. The book moves between cities and decades, often within a chapter, which works well in the written format but was confusing in the audiobook. I also feel the beautiful prose is better pondered in the written form. Maybe it was just my download but a large section of chapter 14 was repeated.

This book is a wonderful testament to Hisham's father, family and country. A story of love and loss and Libya's history. Highly recommend.

Loved it

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Reviewed: 11-02-2017

I loved this book! A wonderful account of 15 very different Bletchley women, but also a great social history of that time.

Mixed feelings

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-2017

Beautifully written - I love her character details, observations on human nature, family, cultural identity. However the book frequently swings back and forth in time and place which I find difficult with an audiobook. I found the early 'Tracy' period very engaging but the later Aimee/Africa period was ho-hum. The narrator was outstanding.

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One of the best!

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Reviewed: 31-12-2016

A wonderful story very well written. Both humorous and heartbreaking with outstanding narration by Luke Thompson.

A challenging listen

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Reviewed: 02-12-2016

A difficult book to listen to as it switches narrators and time frames without notice. The story feeds out in disjointed pieces - challenging but a good story. Loved the author's use of language and her poetic turn of phrase.
The narration was very slow and breathless which I initially felt created good atmosphere, but later found annoying so I slightly sped up the narration speed with good effect.

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Whimsical, enchanting

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 28-10-2016

Loved the quirky character of Marvellous Ways, in fact I loved all the characters. Beautifully written although some of magical concepts lost me. Excellent narration.