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Summary

1943, Hampshire. Pixie Saunders is 19 and employed in the local armaments factory. Not for the first time, her mother has run off with a dodgy-looking bloke, leaving Pixie to pay the rent and fend for herself.

Pixie, along with her best friend, Rita; Em, the factory overseer; and the rest of the girls are making the most of the war while trying to stay alive. The work is dangerous and the hours long, but in the evenings they take off their overalls and go to the pub or, better still, go dancing.

Pixie meets American serviceman Cal and falls in love. But then Cal rejoins his ship. When Pixie falls pregnant, her life changes dramatically. Alone and unable to work, she has to rely on the kindness of friends to help her survive. Happiness seems like a thing of the past. Little does she know that there are plenty of surprises waiting for her - good ones at that. Love may be closer than she thinks.

©2015 June Hampson (P)2015 WF Howes Ltd

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fantastic atmospheric listen...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was a great listen as the narrator added to the brilliant story of Pixie and her friends as they face the fear of bombs falling on their hometown as well as tragic personal problems on a daily business. Each of them supported each other like only true friends can do,

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Munitions Girls?

The book is full of memorable moments but for me is when Pixie puts her own problems to the back burner when Rita faces a life-changing tragedy. When any of the girls needs her Pixie is there, she is a girl we all would love in our lives.

Have you listened to any of Anne Dover’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Anne Drover is a narrator I always look out for as I know she will not take away from the storyline with silly accents or putting on voices which certainly do not suit the characters. I have had to return good books because of the narrator voices but with Anne Drover I always know I am in for a great listen.

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

When Pixie's mother finally realises her place is with her daughter but she has to earn her trust and love all over again and this is when Gladys turns into a character who I could not fail to care for, it was clear to see where Pixie gets her big and open heart from. As you get to know Gladys as a character you will finally realise why she has turned out the way she has.

Any additional comments?

This is a brilliant read as well as a brilliant listen and for me it is five stars all the way for this wonderful book.

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Good if you like nostalgia

What did you like most about The Munitions Girls?

Very true to era

Would you recommend The Munitions Girls to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Only because I think we have had enough of nostalgia. Like a bit more action

What about Anne Dover’s performance did you like?

Her whole performance was very good. I thought she had voices spot on.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not. really. Reminded me too much of my childhood which was not all good.

Any additional comments?

Very apt for anyone wanting to go back in time.

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oh my god!!!

I had hoped this book might be something more than it is. I'd hoped it might be a real book about work in a munitions factory. Instead it's an exercise in total do-goodery and poking one's nose in where it might not be wanted set against the backdrop of facrory during the war. Info dumping is rife and frankly it has until the end of chpter 3 to improve or it goes in the bin.

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Disappointing

Started to listen to this book hoping it would protray women working in a man's job during the war very disappointed with it and gave up on it

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a good story it could of been anywhere in britaiñ<br />

loved the story could not put it down I know my mum worked n a factory in Glasgow and she used to tell us stories about the women that worked there

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Heart warming story of women in the war

This story brings home the hard life the women who worked for the war effort while the men were away at war. Good characters with an interesting storylines that twist and turn throughout the book. Well written and well read.

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Good Read

I loved this book about real life during WW2 and the life of Pixie and her friend Rita. A joy to read with a few twists and turns.

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Good story

Nice to listen to a good story with good narration, have now purchased the next book

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Easy listen wartime story

Enjoyable novel about the lives and loves of a small community during WW2. Very well narrated. Recommended

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