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Falling Angels Audiobook

Falling Angels

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Publisher's Summary

January 1901, the day after Queen Victoria's death, two families visit neighouring graves in a London cemetery. The Waterhouses revere the late Queen and cling to Victorian traditions; the Colemans look forward to a more modern society. To their mutual distaste, however, the families are inextricably linked when their daughters become friends behind the tombstones. And worse....

©2001 Tracy Chevalier; (P)2001 Chivers Audio Books

What the Critics Say

"Sex and death meet again in Tracy Chevalier's marvellous evocation of Edwardian England." (The Mail)

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    Sally Danbury, United Kingdom 09/02/2013
    Sally Danbury, United Kingdom 09/02/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Falling Angels"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Jane a caravan somewhere in Europe 29/11/2011
    Stephanie Jane a caravan somewhere in Europe 29/11/2011 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great audio"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. K. I. Richards 20/01/2015 Member Since 2009

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    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.

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    Katharine United Kingdom 17/07/2016
    Katharine United Kingdom 17/07/2016 Member Since 2008
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    "Slow start, strong finish"

    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.

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