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Storms of War

Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
Series: De Witt Family, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Summary

In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. German Rudolf and his aristocratic English wife, Verena, are planning the wedding of their daughter, Emmeline, while their elder son, Arthur, is studying in Paris, and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world.

But with the onslaught of war, the de Witts find themselves in danger of losing everything they hold dear. As Celia struggles to make sense of the changing world around her, she lies about her age to join the war effort and finds herself embroiled in a complex plot that puts her and those she loves in danger.

With gripping detail and brilliant empathy, Kate Williams tells the story of Celia and her family as they are shunned by a society that previously embraced them, torn apart by sorrow, and buffeted and changed by the storms of war.

©2014 Kate Williams (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Mrs.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 08-05-15

promises more than it delivers

What did you like best about Storms of War? What did you like least?

writing and narration weak, somewhere in there is a good story

What didn’t you like about Katie Scarfe’s performance?

phrasing and emphasis very odd which completely got in the way of the story.

Was Storms of War worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Some very 'modern' grammar /writing which did not fit the tone. disappointing.

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Storms of War

I liked the theme but found it too long drawn out in places.
I would not recommend it

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  • Amanda
  • Ringwood, United Kingdom
  • 20-12-18

Interesting insights

On the surface this is an easy listen novel about the 1st World War, but it also contains some very interesting insights into the social life of the time. I had never really thought about what happened to those of German descent in the First World War although quite a lot has been written about this subject with relevance to the Second World War, and it was quite shocking. I also learned a lot about the role of women in WW1 and all this was wrapped up in a palatable story about a family fragmented by war.

This was an enjoyable listen and I look forward to hearing the next two books in the series. I felt like throttling Celia, the main character, sometimes in this book so I hope she has grown up a bit and gets more sensible in the sequels!!