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"A thoroughly enjoyable read"
Penny Vincenzi at her best. I loved this audiobook and kept listening at every opportunity. It flowed well and was easy to follow. My only criticism was the reader's cockney accent - it's terrible. However, the book is 26 hours long so you do get used to it after a while so don't let this put you off.
"English book,American accent - why?"
This was a lovely book predominantly featuring English aristocracy around the First World War. So why the American accent? It detracted so much from the story that I nearly gave up and read the book instead! Some of the pronunciations were so excruciatingly wrong that I wondered who had edited the audio book? I practically hit the roof over ' Passchendaele' in particular. If you can get over the accent then you'll enjoy the story. It has been difficult to rate the book and I eventually settled on 4 out of 5 - a different narrator would have been 5 stars.
This is by far the best book I have ever read BUT WHY oh WHY use an american to read a quintessential english novel. Her accent is absolutely terrible, the book is FAB!
"Great read, shame about the narrator"
Who's bright idea was it to have an American narrator for what is undeniably an English/England inspired read? The Aussie/cockney accent is atrocious not to mention the complete mispronunciation of English counties and other oddities that we, British born and bred, have enough difficulty with! All that having been said, No Angel is a great read and at 26 hours certainly worth the price of the audio book. Ms Vicenzi has a great way with words and knows how to tell a story and engage the listener and once I stopped sniggering at the mispronunciations etc, found myself eager to listen and enjoy right to the end.
I want ALL Penny's books via Audible, but the majority of them are abridged, and I hate that. Penny succeeds in writing about issues we all wonder about, but with a flair that you cannot possibly stop reading.
So please, will you get them all in the UNABRIDGED format please, because whatever she writes is Brilliant and compelling, As is this one.
"Only on the first book..."
but the narrator is driving me daft !..Why, oh why would anyone in their right mind employ this lady to read this story??!!
"why, oh why"
is an American-accented narrator reading this totally English book? While the narrator has a pleasant voice and the book is fine (passes the time while doing boring chores), the accent's like chalk scraping on an old-fashioned blackboard. note to self: listen to the sample before buying the book! (she also mispronounces place names which easily could be correctly pronounced, even with the 'wrong'accent: that's just plain lazy)
The cockney accent very Dick Van Dyke!!! The story riveting - I couldn't stop listening. Penny at her absolute best - the biggest disappointment this is the first of trilogy - when do we do we get the rest I'm hooked on the Lyttons! What happens next?
"Good story, good characters.,"
I love this period of history(early 20th Century). The author has created a lovely picture of this time and I really enjoyed the story BUT in my opinion the writing is very irritating. It is heavily cliched and caricatured. I felt as if J T was 'showing off' her research and including too many details.
This may not be a problem for anyone else, do not let me put you off it is a very 'readable' book.
"An Absolute Classic!"
This book is a classic. I read it many years ago and loved it then from the beginning to the end. The story draws the reader in and the audio book is no different. An intelligent saga with a brilliant twist at the end.
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