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Songs of Love and War Audiobook

Songs of Love and War

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Publisher's Summary

West Cork, Ireland, 1900. The year marks the start of a new century and the birth of three very different women: Kitty Deverill, the flame-haired Anglo-Irish daughter of the castle; Bridie Doyle, the daughter of the Irish cook; and Celia Deverill, Kitty's flamboyant English cousin. Together they grow up on the dreamy grounds of the family's grand estate, Castle Deverill. Yet their peaceful way of life will soon be threatened by Ireland's struggle for independence.

©2015 Santa Montefiore (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart." (Jojo Moyes)

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    Sarah 28/04/2016
    Sarah 28/04/2016
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    "Enjoyable, but disappointed end."

    I thought the narrator was excellent, and enjoyed the story up until the last chapter. It was if the author just got fed up with it, and wanted to be finished. Twice I rewound the story, thinking I must have missed a chapter, but no. Very unsatisfactory.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Fabulous Book Fiend England 26/06/2016
    Fabulous Book Fiend England 26/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved the structure"

    Review: this was very different to my usual reading material. Although I have read a few of Santa Montefiore's books previously, none of them have been quite as 'historical' as this one and so I have to admit I struggled to get into this one a little initially. I think that the thing I struggled with the most was keeping track of who all the characters were and how they related together. The structure of the books was that it was divvied into 3 parts. There was also a prologue and a epilogue. I loved the structure of the book and my favourite part, the part that had me really gripped was the third part. I felt, by this point that I had got to knew the characters and really invested in them so from this pint onwards I couldn't stop listening to it!

    The characters were an interesting mix of English and Irish during the time when English weren't really welcome in Ireland and it was a fairly dangerous place to be. We also has a mix of the right families and their servants. These characters went through so much drama and created so much drama, I can't really single any one character out as a favourite. I really liked the journey that maid Bridie went on. I won't give away any spoilers but I'm sure you'll be championing her from the start!

    Of course the setting description in this one was beautiful. The description of the Irish landscape is just breathtaking. Some of the book is set in New York and I could totally picture the scenes as Monterfiore was describing them. There are also so bits set in England and I think that this author really captures the mood at the time in her descriptions. As I say, this book was quite different for me. I enjoyed it overall. I have it in paperback but actually listened to it in audiobook. I'd really quite like the chance to go back to beginning of the book and read the first couple of chapters because the epilogue takes the book full circle, if you read it I would really recommend flicking back to the beginning after you're done!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    barbara 08/06/2016
    barbara 08/06/2016
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    "Loved It"

    The narrator excellent. Please another book to continue the story. Didn't want it to finish. I have read many of Santa Montefiero 's books and really enjoyed them. Looking forward to the next new one.

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 09/12/2016
    Chris 09/12/2016
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    "Excellent!!"

    Great book good writing can't wait for the next installment. No wonder it is a best seller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs 16/11/2016
    Mrs 16/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Rather pointless story with the worse ending ever."
    Would you try another book written by Santa Montefiore or narrated by Genevieve Swallow?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Santa Montefiore’s story?

    The ending, either some chapters were missed out or it was the worse ending I could imagine.


    Which character – as performed by Genevieve Swallow – was your favourite?

    Pass


    Did Songs of Love and War inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The end is always the hardest part to write of a book apparently but what very happened here. There are far too many loose ends, wonder if there's a follow up. Also too many characters, hard to build a picture of them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs F. 14/10/2016
    Mrs F. 14/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "couldn't stop listening"

    really love this. filled with love and heartache and twists . SHOULD BE A FILM!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs 21/09/2016
    Mrs 21/09/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Hours of Tosh!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Can't think of any positive comments about this audio book. It takes hours. I haven't the energy to finish it.


    Has Songs of Love and War put you off other books in this genre?

    Absolutely


    How could the performance have been better?

    By choosing a more mature voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Songs of Love and War?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen 06/08/2016
    Eileen 06/08/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration pretty distracting"

    The narration in an audiobook is crucial - this is simply terrible - the accents are dreadful / the intonation of the characters often bears no resemblance to the text, possibly the worse I've ever encountered. As for the Irish accents , bad bad bad

    Other than that a predictable and somewhat laboured story

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Sidmouth, United Kingdom 13/06/2016
    Mrs Sidmouth, United Kingdom 13/06/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Santa Montefiore doesn't disappoint"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Songs of Love and War to be better than the print version?

    Can't comment - have only heard the audio version


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kitty's integrity, despite her adultery


    Which character – as performed by Genevieve Swallow – was your favourite?

    Kitty


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

    Yes, but don't have that sort of time


    Any additional comments?

    An audio book always succeeds or falls by its narration. I found this narrator very easy to listen to and she did not detract from the story in any way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Bridgwater, United Kingdom 02/06/2016
    Samantha Bridgwater, United Kingdom 02/06/2016 Member Since 2014

    Love listening to by books when doing chores! Makes time go quicker!!

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    "Disappointing end"
    If you could sum up Songs of Love and War in three words, what would they be?

    Disappointing, well read and enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the story and how it detailed the lives of all the different characters


    Which character – as performed by Genevieve Swallow – was your favourite?

    Kitty and Jack


    Any additional comments?

    As with all the other reviews the ending was just awful, i agree with the comment that the writer must have got bored and ended it far too early. Stories of the characters not wound up properly.... Maybe she will write a second book?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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