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Sandi Burrill and the Beach of Flames

The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 4
Narrated by: Suzanne Martin
Series: The Danny Canterbury Tales, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

"She was beside me all the time, holding my hand as we both sank inside the mellow sweetness of nicotine oblivion."

With one year remaining of sixth-form a tragedy strikes the heart of a close-knit group of teenagers. As political forces threaten to claim and overrun their town, two girls fall hopelessly in love. But neither is aware how fraught with danger and peril their love will become.

In this searing portrait of a community on the brink, Sandi Burrill and the Beach of Flames eloquently explores the desperation of teenage love trapped by a forbidding and uncontrollable environment.

©2018 Dominic Jericho (P)2019 Dominic Jericho

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as good as the ebook

The story is always 4 or 5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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Well suited to older teenagers

The book was well written, although some parts seemed overly long. I have to say it is not my cup of tea, there being far too much teenage angst and fumblings for my liking but I am sure it will be popular amongst the older teenagers. All the growing pains of youth rather overshadowed the very promising plot which only really came to the front near the end when my attention was really captured. It did however leave me wanting to know what happened next, and also I think I might have got more out of the story had I read books 1-3 first and become familiar with the richly painted characters. However I did love the young girl who narrated the book. She had a few strange pronunciations in there but a lovely sing-song voice which carried the book along well.

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I enjoyed it.

I thought this was a good book. The narrator did great speaking voices but could work on her reading voice a little. It was a little hard to follow her accent at times too but I enjoyed how realistic it was and I love accents!
I was given this book for an honest review.

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Eloquent

While the story was not my cup of tea, the author did a fantastic job putting us in the mind of teenagers on the brink of entering adulthood. The narrator did a fantastic job and really brought life to each character.

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A Dramatic Conclusion

The final school year brings intrigue, love, lust, angst and clarity to the teenagers as the outside world becomes a greater part of their lives. In another wonderfully crafted and executed novel the author treats us to those tumulus teenage emotions through the eyes of her characters. The dialogue and inner voices are natural and expertly narrated to the listener. There's even a dramatic twist at the end of the tale, enjoy.

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boldly chaotic, clearly co-ordinated.

At first I had no idea what on earth to make of this book. I found the scenes disconnected and,, on the surface shallow but that’s actually not the case. i stuck with it and found that it is really verry deep and obviously a lot of thought has gone in to its apparently chaotic construction until finally i think I figured out the author’s intention. it’s deep really and scattered like the emotions of teenagers exploring their identities but it’s even more than that. I haven’t read any of the first three books in the series so i might be utterly wrong in what i’m saying but I find it intriguing and fascinating in an odd sort of way. it’s a long way from what I usually read but not bad for all that. Thought provokint, I think this book needs to be read more than once to really get the full measure of it. the performance leaves a bit to be desired though. Repeated lines and mispronounced words throughout leave one slightly irritated but stick with it despite the naration. I think it’s well worth the time taken to really explore this book.

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  • Karl hill
  • 18-04-19

Great Narration, Story is Okay

This story was so promising, but I felt the story really did not begin until the second half. Once it got going it moved though.

I initially though it was about a lesbian romance and not much else. It is a huge part of the story. However, it is also about a group of close teenagers who go through some tragic loss. They think it is an accident until it is revealed it could be murder. There is a trial and some other family accusations that come out.

I think the beginning was hard for me because it is important for the second half of the book, but it is really hard to see that initially.

I like the idea and the premise and that it is a mix of YA/adult. I found the language and some of the sexual stuff to be a little intense for me.

I really liked Suzanne Martin's narration. She has a beautiful voice and was well selected for this book.

I received this book at my request and left a voluntary review.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 08-12-19

Good story

This is another good story in this series. I did have a little bit of trouble in the beginning but also the story continue I got more into. Now the narration was good but I did have some trouble understanding the narrator. But still a good listen.

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  • Shhhh...I am reading
  • 26-11-19

I’m hooked on this series now

Audible. (also available on KU) This has to be my favorite by far. Not only was the narrator a delight, but I really enjoyed the solid transition to New Adult in this one. And yes folks, while the gang is wrapping up their last year of school ~ we are solidly in ADULT territory here. Everyone is 18 turning 19, the language and descriptions of sex are decidedly more graphic and time spent inside a classroom has diminished quite a bit. I will say that folks who are trying to jump into the series at this point will likely be quite confused as there are frequent and vague references to previous events/characters. Somewhat Spoiler-ish, but it is a trigger warning: a secondary character is raped. She describes what happens to her and there is a trial. While the topic takes up some significant time in the book, the graphic descriptions are not belabored.

This was my first experience with Suzanne Martin as a narrator and I loved her. Her accent is kind of thick and I did have to sort of replay things in my head a few times to be sure I understood what she said, but I'm happy we're back to a native UK accent for the series. Martin did a wonderful job with giving each character their own unique voice as well as thoroughly immersing the listener into the world.

My only complaint, and I'm not sure if this is the responsibility of the narrator or someone during production ~ but there were still a LOT of instances of repetition. Like the same line recorded and then repeated. Unfortunately some happened at very dramatic times and it really knocks the listener from the story. Hopefully this is something that can be corrected and the recording can be resubmitted.

We're back for the final year at St. Oliver Plunket's and while Danny, Amanita, Timothy, and all the students are studying Romeo & Juliet ~ Sandi Burrill & Cherry Trove are living it in real life. While Danny does still have a central role in the story, much is devoted to Sandi & Cherry's relationship, the town's reaction to it, and another mystery. Jericho again dives into real behavior and internal musings of young adults providing an emotional ride that is enjoyable even if sometimes frustrating. (FFS Danny, buy condoms!)

I'm looking forward to Amanita's book next and hoping that maybe, just maybe we'll learn more about Robin. Please?

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Sue C
  • 17-11-19

there is a lot going on in this one

Did the story keep me engaged: • reasonably - second half more-so than the first
Was there anything I found annoying: • mispronounced words are always a pet hate • Audio needs some proofing/editing to remove duplicate phrases.
Would I listen to it again: • probably not

Story comment: • Oh! the teenage drama - The writing of this series continues to improve and become tighter compared to earlier books in the series. Wasn't a fan of the swearing nor the erotica.

Narrator comment: Suzanne Martin has a lovely voice that suited the teenage characters of the story, but at times I struggled to understand what she was saying with both the accent and speed at which she reads.

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  • Chasity J Williams
  • 11-09-19

Good

Good new to me author. The story was good with the teenage side to it.

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  • Jackie Wright
  • 05-06-19

Hot !!!!!

I did struggle a bit with the start of this book and I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I read previous books in saying that I really glad I persevered because I think the second half was a great listen.
Both the author and the narrator are new to me and I will check out other works by both of them. I’m originally from the UK so I had no issues with dialect. It was an extremely hot story about forbidden love mixed with teenage angst. Well narrated

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 22-05-19

Confusing story

Mispronounced words and numerous repeated lines only add to the frustration involved in listening to this story. I listened to the entire thing and I'm still not sure what it's about other than teenage debauchery. There was a murder mystery thrown in at the end but the true killer was never revealed.

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  • Lee Anne Martes
  • 11-04-19

left feeling confused

I struggled to get through this story. I felt as if there were no transitions, the story bounced around. I wanted to like it. i like the idea behind it. teen angst, forbidden love, tragedy. There was too much happening.

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  • Petro van Vuuren
  • 04-04-19

Something else

I didn't overly enjoyed this book as much as I thought I would. The swearing is quite vulgar at times and the erotica don't interest me in the slightest.
It was also quite daring to keep track of everyone mentioned in this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-19

Struggling to listen

I was given a copy of this book by my request for free. I’m having a really hard time getting through even the first couple chapters due to the accent of the narrator. I get that this book takes place in the UK so obviously you would have a British narrator but the accent is so distinct that people in the United States would probably have a hard time picking up the dialect. I am also having a really hard time trying to understand the connection between the characters. That might be because I haven’t read the previous books but I’m having a hard time understanding where they’ll fit and who the stories even about for this book.