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Lovely, Gentle Book
This was an enjoyable listen. Didn't demand much from the listener, but provided an enjoyable listen. Excellent narration.
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I Loved This Book
A great listen, with history of two Scottish Towns and several interconnected families across time. The sewing machine, was central to the story throughout and that provided interesting history. The characters were well rounded and the narration good. I would like to read more of this author.
A Very Enjoyable Read
This was a long shot for me as I was not sure it would be enjoyable. However, I was wrong. The characters were engaging from the beginning and the story of the Chemin and Camino were interesting and informing. Good narration and an all round good listen. Worth a shot.
This book enthralled from the beginning. The narrator drew me into her world of decline into dementia; not in a depressing way though. As her battle with the disease progressed she showed immense courage and determination; continually trying to outwit dementia. Sometimes, she was successful in this for a long time.
The book is Inspirational, Moving and uplifting. I wish this had been around when a relative of mine had dementia.
A good family saga
Jilly Bond's narration was stunningly good. She brought all the characters to life and the voices were distinct from one another. A complex family drama with a few twists and turns.
An enjoyable read.
Not as enjoyable as others she has written.
I kept waiting to enjoy this book but never quite got there . I also found certain aspects of the story quite fanciful and frustrating. Having loved 'Iris and Ruby' and ' Midnight Sun' I was left disappointed. Rula Lenska is a spectacular narrator but the editing of paragraphs was annoying; Sometimes barely a second passed before jumping into the next para. Editor... Please note!
Not her best
The story was fast paced initially but lost some of this toward the end. This made the final part disappointing.
Personally, I found the some of the narrator's character voices very bland and irritating. She played Vera well but some of the other characters less so.
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Loved this book
This was my first William Boyd book and I was sad when it finished.
The story was well constructed and also interesting. The characters were both complex and well developed. I did not expect the final denouement. That was a surprise.
Well worth reading.
Not as good as The Olive Farm but worth the read
I didn't enjoy some parts of the book because I felt as though the author was on a bit of a rant. Although I heartily agree with her sentiment, it was not a relaxing read, as was expecting. However, the latter part of the book was good.
When C D is at her best, her writing is poetic. The latter part of the book lived up to this.
Very Enjoyable Listen
I enjoyed the story and the narrator. Thought it may be a bit corny at the end, but it wasn't and the characters were well constructed.