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The Winter Children Audiobook

The Winter Children

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Publisher's Summary

The Winter Children is a haunting mystery from Lulu Taylor, author of The Snow Angel.

Behind a selfless act of kindness lies dark intentions....

Olivia and Dan Felbeck are blissfully happy when their longed-for twins arrive after years of IVF. At the same time, they make the move to Renniston Hall, a huge Elizabethan house that belongs to absent friends.

Living rent-free in a small part of the unmodernised house, once a boarding school, they can begin to enjoy the family life they've always wanted. But there is a secret at the heart of their family, one that Olivia does not yet know. And the house, too, holds its darkness deep within it....

©2016 Lulu Taylor (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    Emma Jones Brighton 15/04/2017
    Emma Jones Brighton 15/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "I just don't understand the positive reviews"
    What disappointed you about The Winter Children?

    Well... I have been thinking about this. On the positive side it was well written in terms of the prose flowing, no irritating illogical words thrown in to distract (such as one book where everyone 'went' instead of 'said') and I did listen to the end which I can't say for many of the books I have disliked.<br/><br/>The issues:<br/><br/>- it is very, very, slow. The author seems to use 100 words when 5 would have done. I love atmospheric, descriptive books but this is just more like a long series of actions and unnecessary additions: 'then Olivia walked around the room and picked up the baby then put his little shoes on him and then his little bonnet that she got from that shop in London when they were newly married....' of course this is a made up example but it drove me mad. There was a mildly interesting opening paragraph which is a pretty unlikely seeming situation but makes you want to see where it goes, then it literally stops. There is endless information about the lives of the characters without really going anywhere or sparking any interest. You do learn about their history but it is not very surprising and I found it difficult to really even care what happened to any of these people. <br/><br/>- So much of the book is about motherhood. It is about the feelings of the various women for their children and lots of descriptions of the various children and their relationships. I wondered if perhaps this is why I seemed to find the book so dull compared to most of the reviewers. Not being a parent myself perhaps it is difficult for me to relate to any of this. Some of it was borderline cringe-inducing (she is a fierce goddess defending her children, as one example - I don't recall the exact quote but along these lines.) <br/><br/>- There was a scene towards the end when I wondered if I was going to change my mind (the last scene with Dan and Cheska) when I suddenly started to feel so much more sympathy for the characters, but even that was ruined by Cheska suddenly becoming improbable and unlikeable again.<br/><br/>- There really wasn't any mystery. It wasn't difficult to see where it was going and though I perhaps didn't know how all the relationships were going to end up I also didn't much care.<br/><br/>- For God's sake Argentina isn't always that warm! It felt like the 'Switzerland' and the 'Argentina' scenes were just chose for their pretty names and connotations and no real believable background was given to life in either of these places.


    What will your next listen be?

    I am considering the new Clare North book as I loved the first fifteen lives of Harry August


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The first part of the last scene between Cheska and Dan, I felt a lot of sympathy for her and it briefly became a bit more believable.


    What character would you cut from The Winter Children?

    Well Olivia - obviously she couldn't be cut but I would have made her much more sympathetic and likeable.


    Any additional comments?

    I realise my view is very different to most reviewers and therefore perhaps donMt let it put you off!<br/><br/>I love the narrator, she is so believable as the different characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sheila 17/01/2017
    sheila 17/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it."

    Well read by Clare Corbett. I will look for others by her. I have had Snow Rose and this by Lulu Taylor and though they were brilliant and now going to order another one

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    barbara 24/02/2017
    barbara 24/02/2017
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    "wonderful!!"

    I absolutely loved this story, brilliantly read by Clare Corbett and the ending, well what can I say, was such a surprise! What about a sequel- please Lulu Taylor write one for Clare Corbett to read it to us!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicky Birmingham 23/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A tale of very real emotions"

    An unusual tale,well written and performed. This story had me thoroughly engrosed and listening to it at every possible opportunity.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 26/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Winter children"

    Great story - hooked from the start . Looked forward to listening to it each day .
    Look forward to reading others by this author .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE Hayling Island, UK 29/05/2017
    Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE Hayling Island, UK 29/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable but not entirely plausible"
    If you could sum up The Winter Children in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, sad, implausible


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favourite character - they were all rather flawed


    Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt very sad for the deceit that ran through everyone's lives


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette 03/05/2017
    Jeanette 03/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Not really a book I enjoyed"

    I found it quite hard to actually like most of the characters as they felt s little unreal. The narrator was very good but not a book I would probably recommend

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    Jacqueline 30/11/2016
    Jacqueline 30/11/2016 Member Since 2008
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    "engaging story"

    I loved this book and the storyline. Claire Corbett is an excellent narrator, Fab!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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