After her mother's suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child - and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy.
Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.
As Abbie struggles to reconcile with her family, and to support herself and her child, she realizes that those long-ago events created aftershocks that threaten to upset the fragile peace she longs to create.
Set against the backdrops of the English Lake District in the 1960s and the upheavals of revolutionary Russia, The Amber Keeper is a sweeping tale of jealousy and revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness.
©2014 Freda Lightfoot (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Story was lovely but it was ruined by the intonation of the narrator. I nearly gave up listening but I had paid for it so wanted my money's worth.
The idea for the story is promising. With proper research and the creation of engaging, convincing characters this book could have become an interesting and informative story about "Upstairs, Downstairs" in Russia at the onset of the October Revolution. Pity the execution is so poor, this book is not even entertaining.
Worse still, Susan Duerden's reading is terrible. Every sentence has the same intonation and contributes to a merciless singsong which ruins even those parts of the story that arouse a little interest. Miss Duerden's attempts at creating different voices are confined to her lowering her voice and sounding breathy. It is all so bad, in the end I just laughed and turned off. I would recommend that Miss Duerden listen to a performance by Rupert Degas who should give masterclasses teaching how to read a story and create a stunning variety of voices.
I shall return this book.
An avid reader who usually has two or three books on the go at one time I particularly enjoy historical fiction such as Barbara Erskine's.
Story was OK but nearly gave up listening due to the terrible narration. It sounded as though she was reciting a shopping list most of the time.
Il liked the way the Author wrote the book. Memories of the grandmothers told to the Grandaughter. Hence you were transported back, to the Russian Revolution.
She has the knack of wanting you to want more. The granddaughters return from a self imposed exile that girls do follow their heart and not their head. I would certainly read this author again and recommend her for a good enjoyable read.
The storyline weaves together past and present very skilfully and I wish I had bought this for my Kindle. The narration is the worst I have ever encountered on Audible. It took every ounce of effort to overcome the breathy, monotonous delivery because I really wanted to know what was going to happen. My advice would be read the book, avoid the audiobook.
The story is fine but the narrator was very ittitating!!! I couldn't listen past the prologue! She sounds like a bad tv presenter! Disappointing. The story itself is good though!
Unfortunately I did not engage at all with the characters or story. I found the language inappropriate for the time frames and the characters unlikeable. The story plot was good however and i felt compelled to find out what happened at the end. This aspect did not disappoint. I think I would of enjoyed the whole thing more if the audiobook reader didn't put an extremely annoying downward inflection at the end of every single sentence. This, although small, nearly made me stop listening. Definitely better to read this book not listen.
I couldn't finish the book as the reader was SO monotonous. I'm not sure of the story as unfair to judge, but I listened to about 1 hour of it and just couldn't take any more of the way in which it was read. I think the writing was a bit weak too.
Possibly Freda Lightfoot but never again Susan Duerden.
Overpoweringly mannered delivery. I tried speeding it up and slowing it down but that did nothing to improve the incredibly annoying tone.
I gave up after 15 minutes listening so cannot comment on content.
Story was okay and might have been a little more enjoyable if it was not for the narrator. Not worth a credit.
The story could have held my interest, but the narration's appalling. I kept wondering if your narrator is actually a robot. Although I enjoy audio books....I will be very careful to check as to who the narrator is before I order future books.
I can answer this better after I READ it.
yes..........to shut the sound off
I could have enjoyed this story. It had a very interesting start, and I'm sure that reading it will be a pleasure. I will read the written word to finish.............
"Mystery and Love During the Russian Revolution"
Historical story moving back in forth from the 1911 (and the years following) to the 1960s, as Millie recounts her tale of moving from England to Russia to become the governess for two young children. Abbie, Millie's granddaughter has returned home to England, from France with her own young daughter, following the death of her mother, after being estranged for many years. Trying to make sense of her mother's adoption and her mother's past, Abbie asks her grandmother, Millie for answers. Who was her mother? How had Millie come to adopt her? The fall of the Russian Czar, the turbulent aftermath and the eventual escape from Russia back to England are retold to her granddaughter, Abbie, in heartbreaking detail. Excellent listen . . . mysteries revealed . . . satisfying ending.
"Narrator destroys listen!!!!"
OMG....the story is wonderful & wonderfully written but the narrator absolutely ruined it for me!!!! I don't even know how to put this nicely but I will try. First of all....WHO TALKS LIKE THAT???? REALLY???? Her breathless, husky, fake-sounding, sing/song tone was enough to drive me mad! So annoying! She didn't even attempt to "toughen" up the tone when she spoke for the male parts...awful! I hung in until Ch. 16 hoping, praying it would get better because I was loving the story...but nope, it never did! I'm now going to buy the book and read it in order to finish it! No offense but this narrator sounds like she belongs on the other end of a 1-900 phone call....seriously!!! I blame myself for not listening before buying...lesson learned! Also wrote this narrator's name down so I don't EVER make the same mistake twice! I suggest you take a listen first...if you're not annoyed then go for it because it's a fantastic story!!!
Possibly. The sing-song narration made me dislike this book intensely. I might have enjoyed it if I'd been reading, rather than listening to it.
Never! She reads it so that it sounds like a nursery rhyme. It's irritating and nerve-wracking.
"I found the narrator very annoying ."
The storyline was very good, but the narrator was extremely annoying it sounded like she was trying to sound I don't know I didn't like it at all. I would not get another book if the narrator was the same
Well written and engaging. Two stories told intertwined past and present all come together in a sweet ending. I couldn't stop listening.
"A Brilliant Jewel of a book"
I loved this story within a story. Woven between England and Russia, from 1912 to 1965, a family struggles for understanding and learns to trust its deep love for one another. Also a story of true love with lots of excitement.
"couldn't stand the narrator's voice"
good story but narrarator's vice was irritating and detracted from the story. some kind of rise in get voice at the end of wits grated on my nerves.
I couldn't even get through 5 minutes of listening to this because of how the narrator read. In all fairness the story might be great, but her strange effected voice made me focus on HOW she was saying things instead of WHAT she was saying. I've never given up on an audiobook, but there is no way I could finish this.
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