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I listened to this story over 14 hours, which is the length of the unabridged version on Audible, I agree that’s a remarkable length of time but, it must be said, I was never bored, and in fact, I eagerly looked forward to my listening periods, when in the company of narrator, Helen Johns, I entered Julia’s world. The narrator really gives this story an added dimension, her story telling skills are very good, and her ability to give each character their unique voice ensured that they all came truly alive. However, it was her interpretation of Julia which will stay with me for a very long time. She captured the horror and the degradation and the downright eccentricity of Julia’s world to perfection. I appreciate that the power of this remarkable story is largely down to the words that the author has so competently written, but for me, this narrator really gave the book its heart and soul.
Orphans of the Carnival is a remarkable novel and is definitely a story that will stay with me for a very long time.
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The main story line was fascinating, especially as I know now that it was based on historical events, but the secondary (modern) plot line was irrelevant and annoying, with an awkward tie-up at the end. The narrator was great, with so many different accents that it was easy to follow who was talking