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C. L. Butler

Cheshire, UK
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  • The Spitfire Girls

  • By: Soraya M. Lane
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

At the height of World War II, the British Air Transport Auxiliary need help. A group of young women volunteer for action, but the perils of their new job don’t end on the tarmac. Things are tough in the air, but on the ground their abilities as pilots are constantly questioned. There is friction from the start between the new recruits. Spirited American Lizzie turns heads with her audacity, but few can deny her flying skills. She couldn’t be more different from shy, petite Ruby, who is far from diminutive in the sky. It falls to pragmatic pilot May to bring the women together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • American or British narrator?!

  • By C. L. Butler on 16-03-19

American or British narrator?!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-19

Okay, so it took me a while to work out why the British accent sounded a bit odd to my British ear, especially when some of the words were pronounced incorrectly. Discovered that the narrator is American and reading in a peculiar British accent! Even some of the conversational intonation is off. The Austria accent is terrible!

The author also uses words such as Fall rather than Autumn which, if spoken by a British character, is wrong.

I'm enjoying the book, but these issues are just annoying, especially when it's easy enough to get someone to read in their own accent, not a fake one!

  • Voyage of the Heart

  • By: Soraya Lane
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

1945: Along with hundreds of other war brides, Betty, Madeline, Alice, and June set sail for New York to be with the men they love. In the days they spend at sea, the four young women become firm friends and vow to stay in touch no matter what their new lives bring. Life in a new country comes with many challenges, but Betty, Madeline, Alice, and June didn't move half way across the world to give up without a fight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • War Brides

  • By Mrs on 29-02-16

British 'accent' with Americanisms

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-19

Nice story, a bit twee, but I struggled with the narrator using the same British posh accent for each character, even though they were obviously from different backgrounds. Plus the pronunciation for some words were wrong i.e the word vase. Most Americans pronounce it Vayse, but British is Varse. Just a bit annoying that it hadn't been checked before producing.

  • The Secret Wife

  • By: Gill Paul
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

The stories of two very different women, linked by the secrets and lies of history, merge together as past and present weave together in this stunning story of love, loss and resilience. 2016. Kitty, fleeing from a devastating revelation in her own life, finds herself at her great-grandfather's cabin in Lake Akanabee. There she discovers a gorgeous necklace, which leads her uncover to long-buried family secret. 1914. Tatiana, Grand Princess of Russia, falls in love with Dmitri, a Russian solider, as she nurses him back to health.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book could not put it down highly recommended read it you won't be disappointed

  • By Allison Gordon on 28-09-16

Couldn't listen to the narrators

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Great story but the narration is awful. No intonation, etc, just reading directly in monotone...a real shame