©2001 Tracy Chevalier; (P)2001 Chivers Audio Books
"Sex and death meet again in Tracy Chevalier's marvellous evocation of Edwardian England." (The Mail)
This was my idea of a perfect audio book.
The well-drawn characters each take turns to speak in the first person which keeps the gripping plot moving at a good pace. The historical period itself is exciting and I particularly like the way Chevalier portrays the immense sense of change in society at the beginning of the 20th century.
Falling Angels is my second Chevalier audio book, after Remarkable Creatures, and I am delighted to see several more also available on Audible.
I didn't like the format in which this book is written. all the characters say their own piece in each chapter which makes it a bit disjointed but I stuck with it and it became really good when it got to the suffragette part of the story.
eve Matheson did a good job of performing the book bringing the characters to life.
This was a poignant story about childhood, motherhood, suffrage, and life at the start of the 20 th century. The narrator was fantastic, managing to create separate identities for each of the characters - important for a story where each chapter is a first person narrative by a different character. What let it down was the recording quality, echoey, tinny and badly spliced in places. A real shame really.
It was a little difficult to get into this story to start with due to the multiple characters speaking in the first person. The narrator did a great job of differentiating them but it was a confusing beginning. As time passed and the characterisation was clearer the story became more involving as it moved from the death of Queen Victoria to the death of Edward VII with lives and characters changing in large ways and small. By the end I was sorry to leave the story and wanted to know what happened next to some of the people I'd spent time with.
Although written in the voices of the cast of characters, Eve Matheson conveys in her reading the way I read the story when not also listening to the audible version. Sympathetically but not overly dramatic when dealing with death.
The story describes a brief historical period but a time when there was the beginning of change especially for women.
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