Sarah F

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  • Frog Music

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

San Francisco, 1876: A stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Frog Music, inspired by true events, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: Elegant, erotic and witty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • To be fair I haven't listened all the way through

  • By Victoria on 14-04-14

An engaging, frank and thrilling story

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Reviewed: 09-05-14

Where does Frog Music rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The first audiobook I've listened to in years and a great story. I may actually want to read it in print as well because I enjoyed it so much. It has provided me with great distraction during my half marathon preparations.

Narration must be a difficult thing, particularly where accents are concerned. I do think that perhaps just narrating without adding accents would probably still work!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jenny, probably, although it's hard not to like Blanche.

Did Khristine Hvam do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Some of the accents went awry, particularly the Irish accents and there wasn't a vast deal of difference between the French men and the Italian. The pseudo Chinese was edging pastiche. But the accent trouble was only mildly irritating - the book has such a strong story that it didn't detract too much.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not without massive spoilers.

Any additional comments?

Loved the story. It was thrilling, engaging and evocative. Loved many of the characters. Didn't find it that easy to keep track of where I was in the narrative due to the structure of the book - that would be easier to do when reading the print copy. Wasn't overly enamoured of some of the attempts at accents.

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