Shea Elly

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  • The Photographer's Wife

  • By: Nick Alexander
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington, Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Barbara - a child of the Blitz - has more secrets than she cares to admit. She has protected her children from the harsh realities of life and told them little of the poverty of her childhood, nor of the darker side of her marriage to one of Britain's most famous photographers. With such an incomplete picture, her youngest, Sophie, has struggled to understand who her parents really are, and in turn, Barbara sometimes worries, to build her own identity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Male perspective narrated by women

  • By Shea Elly on 11-09-18

A Male perspective narrated by women

3 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I have to say that i was enjoying the journey I was taking with Barbara and her family in war torn London. However, when we moved to 'present day' London andmet Sophie I was lost. The narrator's American accent was shocking and I was even more put off by the writing. The intimate scenes between Sophie and Brett were quite frankly written by a man as a woman. They were definitely written for and from the Male Gaze. I eventually decided I wanted to find out what happened to Barbara not Sophie and tried to force myself to finish it. But I failed I could not handle the terrible narration of Sophie and Brett. I will read te remainder of the book rather as my own imagination can at least create a more likable voice.

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,674

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

An unexpected joy

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I have had this book in my library for years. Bought it as it intrigued me and then let it pass by on numerous travels through my library. I literally decided this very rainy Sunday to start it...I did not put it aside or miss an event till I got to the last word. What a gem - it was a beautiful narrative that I am so glad I finally got around to reading. I obviously sought every ounce of information that I could and love it even more now that I know it is based on a real person - not her real life but the author's imagined life for her. It was beautifully read by the writer and I think this is another reason why I enjoyed it so much. Her breathlessness at times added to my imaginary view of Petronella - even with all the things that I learnt about the main characters I should have hated them but found I could not. Their flaws make them even more enjoyable and therefore likable. So I will be moving to her next book and pray that I won't be disappointed. Wish me luck!