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By Claire on 07-04-13
Great narration of a great story
A Carnegie medal short listed book. This was a story that kept me intrigued from start to finish with characters that I immediately warmed to. The two narrators added to the story.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Mo on 01-09-13
I adored it!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Oh yes, I have done and will. I will also recommend they try and get the audio version, as I think the narrators performance elevated the book to a higher level, and I did wonder if I would think it was as exceptional if I had just read it the traditional way. Why would I recommend it? Well because it's better than most books. It doesn't fall into the good while you are reading it, but forgettable category or an entertaining enough diversion, it is simply a great book. And great books are few and far between.
What did you like best about this story?
The two girls; their differences, their bravery and their love for each other. They were splendid.
Which character – as performed by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell – was your favourite?
I suppose I liked Julie best, but didn't get to know her very well under the circumstances. Maddie was lovely though, and heartbreaking and warm and brave.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
oh God, yes. Both. And terribly sad...
Any additional comments?
I envy people who haven't read this as they get the chance to experience it for the first time.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Suzn F on 21-07-13
Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book
Other reviewers have outlined the plot, the story and what the reader/listener can expect to happen in this book. So I'll take a moment to say that I found this book to be one of those special novels that gets under your skin and stays with you. The two main characters, these best friends have such a special bond in a time in our history in a part of the world where atrocities were taking place daily. In spite of (or perhaps because of ?) these women were especially kind and brave and full of honor and grace. Imagine if we all could aspire to be such caring special human beings in the face of such horror. Bravo Ms. Wein. And equally special, the narrators brought these amazing characters to life just perfectly. This is a wonderful special book. A must listen.
152 of 161 people found this review helpful
By HDJ on 15-12-12
Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!
Believe me when I say, you do not want to read about this book before you actually listen to it. There is absolutely no way to write a review without giving away spoilers..no way at all! All I will say is that it is a poignant story of friendship and survival by turns funny, sad and scary. It is wonderfully written and narrated and it will stay with you long after you have finished listening. In fact, I can almost guarantee it is a book you will listen to a second time.
158 of 169 people found this review helpful