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  • Summer of Love

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Sian Bishop has only ever experienced one moment of recklessness – a moment that resulted in her beloved son Rory. It’s not that she doesn’t love the outcome of that wild night, but since then she has always taken the safer route. So when dependable, devoted Richard suggests a move to the beautiful English countryside, she leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and she throws herself into the picture-postcard cottage garden, her furniture restoration business, and a new life in the country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration

  • By Christine on 07-08-12

Boring story and poor performance

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

Reviewed: 15-08-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone with greater patience than I have for long scenes where nothing happens. A different narrator might make a bit of a difference - she sounds as bored as I was and there is no differentiation between characters. Though probably that wouldn't help much: I didn't care about any of the characters, the plot was nonsensical and the whole thing felt like it was written on autopilot by someone with a word quota to fill.

Would you ever listen to anything by Katie Fforde again?

Definitely not.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jane McDowell’s performances?

I would try to avoid this narrator again.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Summer of Love?

One of the many scenes in which someone is making a cup of tea in tedious detail.

Any additional comments?

I bought this as a two-for-one and I knew it would be fluff - but I was expecting to be entertained and not bored to death. My device tells me that I have five hours to go before the end of the book, but I will not be persevering.

  • Sunset Song

  • By: Lewis Gibbon
  • Narrated by: Eileen McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

The most acclaimed Scottish novel of all time, Sunset Song is a powerful portrait of a land and people in turmoil, seen through the life and struggles of its heroine, Chris Guthrie. In the years up to and beyond the First World War, Chris' resilience, like the land itself, endures despite everything and is portrayed with a lyrical intensity that echoes through the years and still resonates today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully read in a convincing accent.

  • By Andrew on 28-12-15

Outstanding performance

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

Where does Sunset Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great book made all the better by the masterly performance of Eileen McCallum. Please release her reading of the other two books in the trilogy - they aren't available in any format any more, even cassette, though I was prepared to resurrect my ancient Walkman if necessary!

What did you like best about this story?

The language is sublime and the characters are compelling - but perhaps not for you if you like a fast-moving plot.

What does Eileen McCallum bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I read this book years ago and while I enjoyed it, I have to admit that I got a bit bogged down reading the dialect. This narration brought the whole setting completely to life.