©1994 Helen Dunmore; (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd
"A seductive narrative illuminated with instants of visionary clarity." (Guardian)
"Helen Dunmore beautifully fulfils the highest function of a storyteller: to make you wonder what will happen next." (Sunday Times)
"Burning Bright is a beautifully constructed and thought-provoking novel, with a freshness that makes it outstanding." (Sunday Telegraph)
I'm a big fan of Helen Dunmore - she's one of those authors where you have to keep back a book you haven't read of hers, to look forward to. And this book is probably, for me, amongst her best. On top of this, it is brilliantly narrated - a marriage made in heaven. Read by one of those rare narrators who manages to distinguish so clearly between the voices of all her characters. Really excellent. I'd probably put it in my top 10 audiobooks.
The most positive observation I can make is that I did listen to this book all the way through but it really is the most implausible story line. From time to time it is padded out with long, boring episodes which are totally superfluous to the plot. The quality of the writing is inconsistent, but when Helen Dunmore begins referring to minor characters by that jarring recognition technique of naming them by the most obvious thing about them e.g. Grey Suit I really lose patience.
No I wouldn't
On the whole the narrator gives a good performance, although I was surprised when it was revealed that one of her impersonations , whom I had been imagining as Paul McCartney, had actually been born and bred in Manchester.
The narrator could do with taking a trip "up north" and listen to some regional accents.
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