Summary

It has been 24 years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, Pandora, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family.
At the difficult age of 13, her son, Alex, is torn between protecting his mother and learning the truth about his real father. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same once Pandora's secrets have been revealed....
©2016 Lucinda Riley (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By G T Scurr on 29-07-16

Mystery!

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

In print, Yes. But as a sound recording definitely NOT

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the way in which the characters were interwoven.

What didn’t you like about Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker ’s performance?

Verbal presentation skills were woefully lacking.

Did The Olive Tree inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspired me to not listen to anything else that Ms Riley reads.

Any additional comments?

I have just finished listening to The Olive Tree, by Lucinda Riley.

This is a excellent, stirring story, well written, but spoiled by the author. It is read by the author in such a pedestrian and toe curlingly awful manner as to make it bordering on the boring. That is a great shame. Whoever, at Audible, thought it would be a good idea to have Ms Riley read her own book made a grave mistake. She has skills as a writer but her ability to present her work vocally is non-existent. The book is read appallingly. It is a mystery how she could put so little emotion and intelligence into recording her own work.

Frequently, stress is laid upon the wrong word in a sentence causing it to lack any depth or emotion. Sometimes, stress is placed on the wrong syllable in a word, making it sound ridiculous; an example being 'BEEquest'. No, it's not a hunt for bees, it's the money left to a woman in her mother's will. She reads in such a disinterested manner, without appropriate inflection, that it strips all emotion from the narrative.

Effort at characterisation is minimal. The exception is when she has a go at a foreign accent, but all she achieves is to make the character sound bored or ridiculous. It takes more than adding a vowel to the end of a English word to make somebody sound Italian. Necessary pauses are missing and surrounding text blended into speech in a confusing way.

All-in-all this was a very disappointing purchase. I only persisted in listening as I liked the story and and wanted to hear the end, but even so, it was difficult to dispel my constant irritation with Ms Riley.

The male reader, the author's son, was a little better, but not much.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By White Rabbit on 23-03-17

Not her best and I normally love Lucinda's books

Would you try another book written by Lucinda Riley or narrated by Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker ?

Ideally not. I found Lucinda's narration very irritating. And lots of words mispronounced which was unexpected for someone speaking in RP English.

What was most disappointing about Lucinda Riley’s story?

It was predictable and slow and I felt that when the secret was revealed the characters reacted in an unbelievable way.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

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5 out of 5 stars
By Karissa on 23-07-16

Best Lucinda Riley Book - Perfect Summer Read

This is now my favorite book by Lucinda Riley. Prior to reading The Olive Tree, my favorite Lucinda Riley book was The Seven Sisters. But Riley's new contemporary novel quickly stole the place of favorite.

Lucinda Riley creates intriguing character dynamics in The Olive Tree and focuses on character development rather than a sweeping story spanning the decades.

This book is a perfect summer read. Set it Cyprus with a tropical locale this book is perfect to read poolside. The drama will keep you captivated throughout with plenty of twists and turns.

I'm an avid reader of Lucinda Riley's book and the first few chapters I thought I had this one all figured out. But I turned out to be wrong and was pleasantly surprised with the twists in store.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Elice Lehmann on 02-11-16

Nice, easy listen, cute story

Nice storyline. Sweet characters. Narrator was good except for the one American voice he tried to do. Thank goodness that person only had a few lines. It was ghastly!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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