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Nancy C.

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Very slow moving story and accents horrific.

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-10-19

I returned this book after listening for forty six minutes on my daily walk. The story begins with two Irish women on their knees scrubbing the floor for a wealthy household in Boston in the 1940's. When I finished my walk the two women were still on their knees scrubbing the same floor. This book was so slow moving I could not bear another ten hours of it. The Irish accents were horrific. I appreciate getting accents correct can be difficult, however these were an insult to the Irish nation. Maybe the story becomes interesting after a painfully slow start, but I could not endure ten more hours of the narrater.

Wonderful Story.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-19

Beautifully written. The author really draws the listener into the lives of both families.

The narrator was inclined to end the sentences in an over emphasised tone which was a little "grating". However was really excellent dealing with the speech of all the characters, bringing them to life.

Looking forward to the continued story in book two.

Superb!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-19

This is a lovely "stand alone" story, however on realising it is about one of the Deverill family from Castle Deverill in Ireland, it is amazing.
The three books: Songs of Love and War + Daughters of Castle Deverill + The Last Secret of the Deverills
The story takes place forty years later in1961 giving an insite into the later lives of some of the Deverill family members, staff and villagers. The storyline also takes the listener to a period before the Songs of Love and War book.
An excellent story and lovely bonus for listeners of the three previous Deverill Castle books.

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Mel's Language Was Vulgar.

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Reviewed: 09-04-19

Mel had warned at the beginning that the audio book contained "adult language "
Swearing in every sentence is not the way most adults speak.The swearing was totally unnecessary and vulgar. I could not listen for more than 10 minutes.

The 5 Second Rule was an excellent book which contained the odd swear word which was acceptable, however every sentence in this book is peppered with Mel's "adult language" The interviewee's language was also appalling which Mel could have controlled, not encouraged.
I was very disappointed that a well educated woman felt she had to lower her standards in order to try and be effective or appeal to her listeners.

I really enjoyed The Five Second Rule audio book. However the feel good factor and encouragement gained from it has been diminished, as I have lost respect for this author.