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A Parcel for Anna Browne Audiobook

A Parcel for Anna Browne

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Publisher's Summary

An inspiring and enchanting novel from Sunday Times best seller Miranda Dickinson.

The gift of a lifetime?

Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn't exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more....

When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift - one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be.

As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her - and her life starts to change. But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why?

A Parcel for Anna Browne is an utterly captivating novel by Sunday Times best-selling author Miranda Dickinson.

Please note that following customer feedback, sections of this product have been rerecorded. New audio has been made available as of 4 November 2015.

©2015 Miranda Dickinson (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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    D 05/11/2015
    D 05/11/2015
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    "Very careless editing, really annoying!"

    I have listened to a huge number of audio books now and I have never come across a book where I have heard the same part of text repeated. It would have been forgivable once but there must have been four occasions when the narrator repeated text. If the company producing cannot be bothered to check there offering then it's a pretty poor show!

    The story did try to keep you guessing and I listed until the end but I feel the plot line was a little bit thin and was stretched just too much. What was a good plot idea just needed more strands. I got a bit fed up with Anna Brown in the end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    lynn clough 29/01/2016
    lynn clough 29/01/2016 Member Since 2014

    Its Mrs David Clough Lyn to friends

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    "A case for Nanny Ogg"
    Would you listen to A Parcel for Anna Browne again? Why?

    Defiantly. A brilliant story on many levels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shenice Wilson she made me laugh. Probably due to Clare Corbets fantastic narration. She glides from character to character seamlessly. Eventually I warmed to Anna. Watching her grow was heart warming.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I don't want to spoil the story so I will just say one with her mother, one with her boss and and one at the end.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I will next time i am feeling ill it will improve how I feel


    Any additional comments?

    Its a story, a puzzle and its full of life lessons. Well worth a read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Justine Arnhem, Netherlands 20/11/2015
    Justine Arnhem, Netherlands 20/11/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Who edited this?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is great!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna is delightful. Soft, real and increasingly strong.


    What does Clare Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrator is wonderful. I love the different accents she uses.


    Do you think A Parcel for Anna Browne needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Why not?


    Any additional comments?

    The editing in this narration is terrible. It is full of repetitions like a scratched record, and it is distracting and annoying. This is the worst-edited audiobook I have had since using Audible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jacqui Great Britain 06/02/2016
    jacqui Great Britain 06/02/2016 Member Since 2013

    Jacqui

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    "lovely, uplifting, story"

    I really enjoyed the book. it was uplifting and entertaining. NOT a single repetition, worth the money!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Juliette BIDEFORD, United Kingdom 13/01/2016
    Juliette BIDEFORD, United Kingdom 13/01/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Worst editing i have heard yet"
    What would have made A Parcel for Anna Browne better?

    The book left no lasting impression simply because i spent the whole time waiting for the next appalling editing mistake. How can it be allowed to be deemed a "finished product" when it has been edited so badly? A very frustrating listen.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    michaela 08/03/2016
    michaela 08/03/2016
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    "heart warning lovely story"

    This is a really lovely book with a really nice story. It's probably not for the sort of person who likes a lot of drama but it's a nice change.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kate surrey United Kingdom 13/02/2016
    kate surrey United Kingdom 13/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Verrrrrry slow"

    I'm sorry to say that I found this very slow. So little happens and it all seems quite predictable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lidija 05/02/2016
    lidija 05/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "coulng really get into it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    voices maybe.....faster storyline.....i dont know ...


    Has A Parcel for Anna Browne put you off other books in this genre?

    not really just this one


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clare Corbett’s performances?

    i would try.......


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    no additional comments

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • hannah
    11/04/16
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    "Cute idea but a bit of an eye-roll"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The main thing I would like to have seen was a lot more "showing" and less "telling". The reader was told about all sorts of character development through 3rd-person narration without actually getting to see a lot of character development happening. I would also have changed the love-interest altogether - it simply wasn't believable at all. There was nothing about Anna Browne's love-interest that seemed terribly appealing other than that he was allegedly handsome. His character wasn't developed at all; I actually found myself saying "why??" out loud whenever Anna talked longingly about this fellow - not because I thought he was awful but because as the reader I'd not been shown anything about him or their relationship that demonstrated the growing attraction that I was supposed to now believe in.


    What was most disappointing about Miranda Dickinson’s story?

    Like other reviewers, I warmed to Anna after a while, but I just didn't understand the interest in Ben, the man she supposedly falls in love with. It was so unbelievable, and disappointing in the end that this is the guy she fawns over.


    Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favorite?

    Anna's mum is performed really believably and in a cringe-worthy way. It was raw and uncomfortable - just as it was supposed to be. Bravo!


    Was A Parcel for Anna Browne worth the listening time?

    By about halfway through, I found myself rolling my eyes quite a bit at the way the backstory and character development seems to be thrown together rather haphazardly through the narrator simply adding facts along the way, rather than the picture having been painted in a believable way. I'm not sure that I'd recommend spending 13 hours on this.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jennie
    West Orange, NJ, United States
    28/07/16
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    "Inspiring"

    This book shows how simple acts of kindness and daily interactions can impact people in more ways than you might realize. I truly enjoyed this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    02/06/16
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    "Surprisingly entertaining"

    Quite a bit of redundancy, but I found it much more entertaining than I expected it to be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rae
    Washington State, USA
    13/01/16
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    "It's just THAT GOOD!"
    What did you love best about A Parcel for Anna Browne?

    Wonderful mystery about an unassuming, average woman that draws you in from the start. Beautifully written, great dialogue, setting details without being too sugary. The narrator was incredible with the voices, especially Shaniece? (sp?) I loved this so much I also ordered it in paperback so I can pass it around, and hope Miranda Dickinson finds a North American audience. I've been promoting it all over Facebook and at work and might suggest our local library add it to their collection.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all because Miranda Dickinson presented really well drawn characters. Anna was such a lovely character to root for, and her co-workers were hilarious. Of course I loved the romantic lead and the slow-burn romantic tension throughout.


    Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favorite?

    Sheniece? (sp). Bloody brilliant. I've been bookmarking some of her great lines and letting my co-workers listen to the incredible range Clare Corbett has for accents. She's become my favourite narrator. Truly amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I've jumped on an Audible recommendation and I'm so glad I did. I ended up ordering 3 of this author's books on Kindle afterwards as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Madelyn
    07/12/15
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    "not bad. not great"

    lots of editing errors in the audio, will make you think the author is repeating themselves several times. plot was ok, not great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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