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Great storyline and characters.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-2021

Great characters and storyline. Narration marred by a few mispronounced words eg "Gallypoly" for "Gallipoli" and several other examples which I assumed would have been edited out. Some character accents irritating. Would prefer normal reading.

Would rather read than listen!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-2020

I have read all the books in the series in order on Kindle I should have stayed with that. After reading the series I had images of the characters in my mind's eye. The reading was irritating. I nearly gave up and bought the Kindle version. It would have lowered my blood pressure! Apart from the corny faux Quebecois and French accents, there were a few obvious mis-read words. I made me wonder if there is any proper editing post-narration. The story was interesting with the introduction of new characters and location. if you have read any of the series, I highly recommend you stay away from the Audible version.

What a shame

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-2020

I am a great fan of Miriam Margoyles. However, being a Kiwi, I think it is a crying shame the producer allowed her to use an Australian accent for the "lower classes". There is a pool of Kiwi actors in the UK who can actually speak "the Queen's English" as well as a genuine Kiwi accent. I love Mansfield but could not bring myself to listen to the end of the first story.

Absorbing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-2018

I was drawn into these women's lives and wished the story would never end. I wanted to fly to Tuscany and live the life they have. The narration was great and I loved the Southern accents. I highly recommend this book to any woman who dreams of an alternative existence. Thank you Frances Mayes for taking me to Tuscany.

Mixed reaction

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-2018

I am a big fan of Celia Imrie but I was shocked by the violence and foul language. I think the reading should be prefaced with a warning. The excerable Australian accent was like something from a 1950s movie (I live in Oz so I know). The story was gripping but I had trouble keeping up with who was who in the cast of characters. In future I will read her books instead of listening to them.

Sensational writing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-2017

Enthralling! Great characters, mystery, stunning writing. Would have preferred a simple reading rather than a multitude of different voicings.

Good story but woeful voices

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-2017

As with all the author's books I enjoyed the story but I would rather it was a straight reading rather than the woeful character voices. I particularly disliked the voices of Joe and The Prof.

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Very enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-2017

A good storyline, believable characters, well written and read (with a lovely Irish accent). I didn't want it to finish.

Had to stop listening and buy Kindle edition.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2017

The narrator's terrible pronunciation was too much to bear so I bought the Kindle edition.

Mixed feelings

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-2017

I enjoyed the story, the unusual setting and the message.

I was disappointed with the narration and didn't like the change in voices which sounded stilted and dated, surprising for such an experienced actor. I woul d have preferred a straight reading.

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