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Hell's Belles

Narrated by: Joanna Tope
Series: Brenda & Effie, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
3 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Discover the secret world of Whitby: mystery, mayhem and delicious black comedy. Brenda never meant to tell anyone the truth. She s got used to keeping secrets over the years. But in Whitby, people have a habit of working it out. Especially best friends like Effie, who sniff out the unusual, and expect the unexpected. And Brenda needs friends. She can't keep us safe all by herself. Not any more...

©2009 Paul Magrs (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • CMH
  • 25-05-2016

Irritating OTT accents

I so wanted to like this but ended up having to force myself to complete this audiobook.
It's set in Whitby, I'm from the north and was pleased to get northern based tale.
The problem for me was the exaggerated accents, laborious and often excruciating. I love our northern accents but this was painful. When the narrator wasn't doing an attempt at the accent it was fine.
It distracted from the story which wasn't actually bad.
The book was a disappointment. I won't be reading any others in the series.

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  • Mrs W.
  • 16-06-2016

Good, but not great..........

The story was ok, but the portrayal of Frank was awful, the voice was irritating and the constant third person references were tedious. Didn't enjoy this one as much as the others, think there are too many characters and parallel stories going on. Joanna Tope is usually good at these, but several voices in this were just full on ham and eventually distractingly annoying. Overall disappointed.

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  • Kay
  • 25-05-2016

oh dear!!

Not my cup of tea at all but felt I had to endure until the end. Wish I hadn't. The story and the voices.........aaargh.......frightful!

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  • barbara
  • 19-09-2019

Not Good

O dear not my usual type of book at all. I really found it hard to finish listening to this story . It may be alright if you like this kind of story but not me.

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  • Andrea Kennedy
  • 12-10-2017

A Marvellous book!

Again, I have spent lovely hours getting embroiled in this book. So unusual a concept and yet it's perfectly believable after a while. Some comments have mentioned how they felt the voices were 'over the top' but I thought they were perfect. To me, the narrator was so good, it felt as if I was listening to a full cast production! Besides how else are Frankenstein, two elderly protectors, Dracula and various other crazy characters going to sound? just superb!

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  • Jane Wallman-Girdlestone
  • 09-08-2017

Wonderful Romp

I loved this story. The characters became familiar friends as the outrageous, funny and at times endearing story unfolded. Beautifully written.

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  • Claire
  • 09-07-2016

AWFUL!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it had been an entertaining story.

What was most disappointing about Paul Magrs’s story?

Everything, annoying, frustrating and awful.

What didn’t you like about Joanna Tope’s performance?

The accents and the voices are very unbelievable and annoying.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hell's Belles?

All but maybe the first few chapters.

Any additional comments?

I have been a member since 2011 and rarely give reviews but I felt I had to as this one was easily the worst I have listened to.