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Review by Simon's wife : This was the first book by Charlotte Bingham I had read/listened to. It was fascinating the way the girls' lives were so very different and how the author managed to weave them together. There isn't a lot of period detail- although the action is all WWII- but what makes it interesting is the way the characters are fleshed out and you feel sympathy for them all along, even the ones who aren't particularly nice! There are twists and turns along the way that surprise you ( I won't give the game away) and I hugely enjoyed listening. The story kept me going as I did all the boring preparations in the kitchen for Christmas and I am going to look out for more by this author.
"An amazing book everyone should read."
An amazing book everyone should read. You will not be able to stop listening. It takes you into the personal lives of young women during WWII and how some of them became vital to the secret agencies that helped win the war. I only wish it would have contiued into their lives after the war.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and will no doubt listen again at some point in the future. The plot is very interesting and gives some helpful insights into some historical aspects of WWII in England. The story does not move exceptionally fast, yet it draws the reader in and keeps you wanting to hear more. I wanted it to keep going after I got to the end... I thought it was well-read and would definitely recommend it.
"what there was was great"
I am having trouble rating this book. I gave it a two because it appears to be incomplete. The premise holds your interest but several times during the story the author hints at additional information but then fails to deliver. Several of the things she noted by calling attention to them were unresolved at the conclusion of the book. It almost seems to be a very badly abridged book. If the author ever decides to try reconciling the questions we are left with I would love to "read" the book once again.
What it leaves you with at the conclusion is more or less a tooth ache of the mind. I am interested in the opinion of other readers and see if it is only me that is dissatisfied.
"Is there a sequel?"
What a great idea for a book. I wish the book was actually realized. What just happened and what will happen next? This could have been developed into a real classic, I think I got the kid's version. The reader was a little shrill at times, but mostly good.
This book fizzled for me, too....I never finished it. The story lines just didn't pan out for me and I lost interest....
"good potential, little followthrough"
The idea for this book is great - WWII, female protagonists, several storylines that eventually come together. I really enjoyed the first half of the book, which set up the women's early lives and how they came to be involved in secret work for the British government. The second half left me a little unsatisfied. I would have liked to know so much more, but the author is trying to tell three different stories, plus small chapters about other characters. So the narrative came to be spread quite thin.
Overall, the writing and plot are very good. The reader was fantastic; she managed to have a different voice for each character (of which there were many, as I said).
This book had promise, but in all the story lines fizzled out. I could imagine a different author taking the outline and really adding the impact it lacked. The narrator was very talented with multiple voices.
"Not impressed at all."
Pick one heroine and build the story on that ONE.
no. this would not make a good show.
I had hoped for more.
Very slow starter I was bored and couldn't focus on the story.
Kim was fine. It was the story
Those reviewers for whom this "fizzled" should probably stick to Dr. Seuss. This was very well written, and I was held by each individual's story and captivated by the weaving of the lives. I will look for other books by Ms. Bingham, as this was my first to enjoy.
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