Martha is lost. She's been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she's waited in the station's lost property for someone to claim her. It's been 16 years, but she's still hopeful.
In the meantime, there are mysteries to solve: secret tunnels under the station, a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles, the Roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch. Not to mention the stuffed monkey that someone keeps misplacing. But there is one mystery Martha cannot solve. And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property.
Time is running out - if Martha can't discover who she really is, she will lose everything....
©2016 Caroline Wallace (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
I stuck with this to the bitter end hoping it would end with the interest it initally started with. Sadly, I didn't find this as enjoyable as other readers seem to have done.
The constant repetitive phrases really began to grate on my nerves...so much I found myself actually talking out loud, begging the reader to wander off-script. I'm afraid the sections detailing the life of Mal and The Beatles felt like a poor attempt to crowbar the author's research into the text. The end was entirely predictable.
I think she did fair job. She portrayed Martha very well. Not so well with Max - the Ozzie accent dipped in and out.
It's rare I come across a book with such good reviews and then find myself disappointed but occasionally I don't get it and this is one of those times.
A Beautifully narrated, wonderful story with amazing images. I think I may have even cried.
A beautiful fairytale of innocence, love, friendship and violence, wonderfully read in Martha's true voice.
This book is written from Matha's viewpoint and the author does it beautifully. The phrasing was lovely.
So as not to spoil the story I'll just say that I don't see the point of some elements as they don't really add anything but padding but not enough to be detrimental.
A very enjoyable listen . A mystery with many turns ..
I would recommend this as a quirky mystery .
We listen in order to relax at the end of the day and it was perfectly suited to that.
I didn't find any scenes particularly outstanding, it wasn't that sort of book I didn't think.
This was a reasonably enjoyable listen. I found the repetitive speech tags annoying I truly did and perhaps when it was narrated they should have been adjusted for a spoken delivery. Apart from that the reveal at the end was apparent by the time we reached it but all in all it was pleasant enough. It is odd that a few weeks after we listened to this a part of Lime Street Station did collapse and both my husband and I said "Ah well, Martha must have gone out without her rock!!"
A quirky book, very well written and delivered. I say quirky in the nicest possible way, this story drew me in because from the first few pages till the last. Some great characters and a fascinating story, funny, inspiring in equal measure. It made me laugh and brought a tear to my eye.
I'm not going to give away any of the story but I'll just say it's about an orphan living in the lost property office on Lime Street Railway Station.
There are some lovely characters, well described, who come into the story and populate the life story of the innocent and naive orphan.
The narrator does a great job of making the characters come to life.
A lovely, heartwarming story that I will definitely listen to again at some point in the future.
Less use of the verb 'said'
Included more description and less dialogue.
I gave up on this story before the end. The concept was good - girl abandoned at birth in a lost property, and her search for her past and true identity. The narrative is from the perspective of the protagonist, Martha, who is a girl of limited worldly experience, ie limited to Lime Street station. Perhaps the language used in the narrative was intended to reflect the naivety of the main character. However, I found the constant repetition of 'Elizabeth said...he said...she said...' tedious and then, ultimately irritating. So much so, that I eventually stopped listening. So I shall never know if Martha Lost became Martha Found. Sorry Caroline. 🙁
I enjoyed every aspect of this book. Wonderful narrative and a story told in exquisite detail. The story of Martha, the innocent child and the world she inhabits is captivating and the narration first class.
I could not stop listening, I was totally transported to Martha's world character's are so believable, narrator is brilliant and brings everything to life
The characters and the unusual storyline
No but will definitely be looking out for her
Absolutely Absolutely Absolutely
Recommended listen but not when you're short of time as it will hook you in!!!
"Magic in Liverpool"
This book is a charming fairy tale, but slow going. There isn't much of a sense of urgency though the story has a ticking clock (Martha may be evicted); the threat is just ignored most of the time. Instead, the author focuses exhaustively on the characters' quirks and there are a lot of them. Fans of Sarah Addison Allen or Julia Stuart will enjoy, I think.
Narration is top notch.
"Wish they were all this good!"
I grew up in London with an English mother and American father. I've been living in USA for 38 years. Although I've never been to Liverpool, I could relate to the characters and the story and enjoyed the unique mix of Beatles history, abandoned child looking for her mother and the tramp living in the train station.
Loved the narration and hope to read more from the author and listen to more by the narrator.
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