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Never the Bride

Narrated by: Joanna Tope
Series: Brenda & Effie, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Summary

Brenda has had a long and eventful life, and she has come to Whitby to run a B&B in search of some peace and quiet. She and her best friend, Effie, like nothing better than going out for tea and keeping their eyes open for any of the mysterious goings on in town.

But the oddest thing in Whitby may well be Brenda herself. With her terrible scars, her strange lack of a surname, or the fact that she takes two different shoe sizes, Brenda should have known that people, well, unique as she is, just aren’t destined for a quiet life.

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Amusing interlude.

This is the first book in the Brenda and Effie series of books.

What I liked about this was the way there were a few different storylines happening, rather than one long story that might have got bogged down otherwise.

The narrator does a good job, and you have a fair idea about which character she is portraying.

If I had a downside in this review it would be a lack of history for Effie. You do get a history, but it's pretty vague overall. I hope this is because there is a story linking into that in a later book.

It would also have been nice to hear about how Brenda settled into Whitby. But again, I notice there seems to be a short story in the series that I assume covers this a bit more. However, I won't be buying that just yet because I would like to know the main books first.

If you want a lighthearted supernatural book that covers a few clichés (but in a good way), then you shouldn't be disappointed with the start of the adventures of Brenda and Effie.

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I just couldn't stop

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect and was quite right (came by recommendation).

Things didn't go as planned when I tried to preempt some parts of the story. Which, I was very happy with. Kept me on my toes. The observations in human nature especially those aspects we often don't speak aloud or share were keen, elicited melancholy and at times humerous.

The heroines are everyday people. Quite the antithesis. And when I say normal. Middle aged, routine driven, fish and chip eating, bingo playing. ..normal.

The narrator does an excellent job of reinforcing the normality and has a subtle, well established style. Very easy to listen to.

I am now rushing on to listen to the next installment!

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The first of an amazing series

I absolutely adore this series and am listening to it again. Read perfectly by Joanna Tope it is a comic horror noir series. Think Malcom Pryce with less Druids and more monsters

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just wonderfully different.

I wanted some middle aged to elderly female protanganists, and something that had a happy feel good factor. This was it! fantastical, sweet, funny and leaves you feel happy but keen to know what's next. The narrator was superb and I'm my opinion, one of the best I've ever heard!

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One damned thing after another. <br />

Very enjoyable and we're looking forward to the next one. Whitby will never be the same again!

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Charming gothic mystery adventure in Whitby

I just listened to this in its entirety on my last day of holiday in Whitby and on my train journey home. It’s perfect. I need more.

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Consistently amusing and absorbing

Listened at bath time in 25 min chunks. A rollicking good yarn beautifully read with convincing characters ... which is genius given the tale. A must listen!

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Fantastic

I am so pleased I read this book an all set for another one am going to send for all a most enjoyable story

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