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  • Florence Foster Jenkins

  • By: Nicholas Martin, Jasper Rees
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

'People may say I can't sing. But no one can ever say I didn't sing.' Despite having no pitch, no rhythm and no tone, Florence Foster Jenkins became one of America's best-known sopranos, giving a sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Born in Pennsylvania in 1868, Florence Foster adored music and as a girl was a talented pianist, but her wealthy father refused to allow her to study in Europe. In retaliation she eloped with Dr Frank Jenkins, but the marriage soon foundered, not least because the 18-year-old bride contracted syphilis on their wedding night.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating

  • By Caroline on 14-01-18

Irritating

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

Omg unbelievably bad. Narrative was delivered appallingly! Cynical, boring, irksome. Can't even finish it! Will never get those hours back.

  • The Silk Merchant's Daughter

  • By: Dinah Jefferies
  • Narrated by: Eliza Parkes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

From the number-one best-selling author of The Tea Planter's Wife. Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies, read by Eliza Parkes. Dinah Jefferies' stunning new novel is a gripping, unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two worlds.... French Indochina, 1952. Since her mother's death, 18-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed

  • By D on 06-12-16

Awful

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

What disappointed you about The Silk Merchant's Daughter?

Adventure non existent. Repetitious. Nearly drowned Viet Kong with all the tears!! Boring story.

Has The Silk Merchant's Daughter put you off other books in this genre?

No...will perservere!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Accent a little irksome.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Silk Merchant's Daughter?

Building to a climax..and then nothing! Escaping viet kong you would expect exciting things to happen. Nothing! Will they won't they...they did but no one cared!!

Any additional comments?

Think we covered it all. But don't give up writing...!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Maria of Agreda

  • Mystical Lady in Blue
  • By: Marilyn H. Fedewa
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Stories of Maria of Agreda's exceptional attributes spread from her cloistered convent in seventeenth-century Agreda, Spain, to the court in Madrid, and beyond. Without leaving her village, the abbess impacted the kingdom, her church, and the New World. Based upon her transcendent visionary experiences, Sor Maria chronicled the life of Mary, mother of Jesus of Nazareth, in the Mystical City of God. This work was temporarily condemned during the Spanish Inquisition.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Mystical Lady in Blue

  • By Emily on 03-05-17

Boring and repetitive.

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

I would not recommend this book unless it was to someone I don't like!! Awful