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  • Farthing

  • Small Change, Book 1
  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: John Keating, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Clumsy, stereotypical, dreadful narrators

  • By Bookaholic on 06-02-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-03-17

An exploration of a possible Britain and wider British Empire that had not been devastated by WWII would be a fascinating subject for an alternate history novel. Sadly this book is not that. It is eye rolling nonsense. Preposterous English aristocrats plot against the Jews in England, whilst they're still being rounded up and gassed by the Nazis in 1949. Not a very good alternate history by any measure. To be fair despite the awful story the readers do a perfectly good job, and can't be faulted. I would not recommend this book to anyone, and certainly won't be wasting a penny on the other books in this series.