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Sheltering Rain

Narrated by: Judith Boyd
Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Romance
4.3 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On Coronation night the ex-pat community in Hong Kong gathers for a celebration party, and 21-year-old Joy falls in love at first sight. She is engaged within 24 hours, but will not see her fiancé again for a year. Fifteen years later, when Sabine, her mother and grandmother are brought together, not only a deeply buried family secret is discovered, but also some fundamental truths: about the conflict between love and duty, about women's choices, and about mothers and daughters.
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Critic Reviews

"There are plenty of fireworks among the three and the strong supporting cast as old secrets come to the surface in this absorbing family drama." ( Publishers Weekly)
"The Irish setting and warmly described family relationships will appeal to fans of Maeve Binchy." ( Library Journal)

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A good listen

I love listening to Jono Moyes. Her skill in blending eras and the characters therein is clever and sensitive. Just right for a cold rainy afternoon by the fire. Thank you Jojo.

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Wasn’t sure but...

It took a while for me to warm to the narrator, at first it was like she was singing the story but she really grew on me and was excellent with accents. A really heart warming story. Jojo Moyes captures family dynamics so well.

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Surprisingly not great

Slow and unsatisfying. Just too much going on and much of it uninteresting. The reveal isn't worth the wait and the ending is overwrought.

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Family rupture and repair

A good story true to Jojo Moyes' style of interweaving stories across generations and painting a glimpse of life juxtaposing the old with new. She captures the complexity and misunderstandings that rip families apart.

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  • History fan
  • 07-01-2009

good

the story is good - characters are largely well drawn (although kate is a bit of a cartoon character) but the book really comes alive in the parts dealing with hong kong in the 50s. In my opinion Moyes is at her best in dealign with the war/post war era (this book is probably not as good as ship of brides but still worth a listen).

Where the book is weaker is in the reading - the actress in question can come across as a bit one dimensional . That said it is still a good listen.

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  • Kaggy
  • 06-10-2015

So So JoJo

This is JoJo Moyes' earliest novel and does suffer in comparison with her later works. The story is a fairly standard family drama based around upper middle class colonial types living a life of decaying gentility in rural Ireland and nursing a few bitter secrets. I must admit I didn't really warm to the fox hunting horsey theme and was slightly aghast that a North London vegetarian teenager could change her principles quite so easily. Her mother is irritatingly daffy and the grandmother is very hard to love, but despite this the story is reasonably interesting and I stuck with it to the end. The narrator was good but I did get a bit weary of the plummy accents. If you haven't read a JoJo Moyes book before, I recommend you don't start with this one.

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  • Mrs
  • 03-06-2014

Average book not Jojo at her best

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No there would be many others further up the list. The characters were a tad flat

If you’ve listened to books by Jojo Moyes before, how does this one compare?

Not her at her best out of the 4 I have read this would de at the bottom

What aspect of Judith Boyd’s performance might you have changed?

None

Did Sheltering Rain inspire you to do anything?

No

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  • Ann D
  • 07-05-2015

Another Jojo Moyes' masterpiece!

Where does Sheltering Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is right up their with the best of Jojo's books.

What about Judith Boyd’s performance did you like?

The narration was excellent!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I didn't want to put it down.

Any additional comments?

Enjoy!

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  • Gillian
  • 16-07-2014

Another brilliant storyline from Jojo Moyes

Would you listen to Sheltering Rain again? Why?

I would definitely listen to it again as it was such an entertaining story and I could really identify with all of the characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sheltering Rain?

Too many to choose from!

What does Judith Boyd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings warmth and fun to the telling of the story. She interprets the characters of the story superbly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both....I balled my eyes out when the old horse died!!!

Any additional comments?

I have loved all of Jojo Moyes books that I have listened to. She is a superb storyteller and keeps you hooked the whole way through her books. I have listened to every one of her books on Audible now and am looking forward to some new ones coming through.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-02-2017

enchanting

this lady never disappoints and took me to another world as always
love to be entertained by Jo Jo moyes

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  • Mrs. S. K. Minhas
  • 21-12-2019

As good as you expect from Jojo Moyes

Considering this is one of her earlier books, I thought it was brilliant. It is definitely on a par with Jojo Moyes’s more recent works. The narration was captivating too.

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  • Linden
  • 27-04-2015

Not very enjoyable

Having just loved Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, I couldn't wait to hear this story. But I'm afraid I was disappointed. I found the characterisation somewhat shallow and the story a little trite. I also found the narration rather patronising and glib. Maybe this was what spoilt it for me to some extent.

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  • I know who I am
  • 19-10-2020

disappointing

having read/listened to several books by this author, I found this way below the standard I have come to expect. The characters were just exhausting in their childish me me me attitudes and whinging!

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  • Heather Kennedy
  • 17-10-2020

Nauseating characters

Loved Me Before You, so was very disappointed with this; infantile and predictable characters, and uninspiring plot development.