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The Birthday Party

Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

Secrets, rivalry, glamour - it's time for the party of the year....

Delilah has lived out her tempestuous marriage to hell-raiser Raf in the glare of the media spotlight. Now planning a milestone birthday, she has more on her mind than invitations.

Raf has been offered a part in a movie he can't refuse. But will he succumb to the temptations he's struggled to resist for the last ten years?

Delilah's three daughters are building careers of their own, only too aware that the press are waiting for them to slip up. For the Rafferty girls might look like angels, but they are only human.

It's the perfect recipe for a party like no other....

©2010 Veronica Henry (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Just not for me

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I never thought I'd give up on a Veronica Henry, having devoured her Honeycote series, plus some standalones, but 5 hours in I can't warm to any of the characters except Polly and the young film producer.

Will they get it together? I'd like to think so but it'll take me over 9 hours to find out, so I'll pass. No problems with the narration, just that the book isn't for me.

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A good listen!!!

The story wasn't quite how I had expected but kept me hooked till the end!! Well narrated and great author!!!

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Awful accents

A good yarn, spoiled by the narrator - I don't understand why every character must be given a different voice/accent. The Welsh & Irish accents were particularly bad.

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Another great read

What did you like best about this story?

I love Veronicas slow build up to the story with the introduction of all the characters and then the interaction of how they all come together. I think this book came to a nice end but too quickly.

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

Collection of the dogs.

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Odd voices from the narrator

The story is good, though the medical details in the later chapters are fairly inaccurate. Too much name dropping for items of clothing and furniture etc, presumably to emphasise how rich the main characters are.
Worst of all are the strange voices the narrator gives the characters.
Other than those gripes, it is an agreeable story with an implausible happy end.

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Fan of Veronica Henry, just not this one :(

The characters are unbelievable, shallow and unlikable. The voices of the narrator are, frankly, ridiculous, in particular the one she chooses for the main character. This man who is supposedly a middle-aged heartthrob instead comes across in the narration as an elderly asthmatic. The accents are all over the place, one of the daughters sounds as if she's constantly inhaling helium..... need I go on?
I stuck it out to the end as I hate to give up on books part way through but it did cross my mind, many times, that life is simply too short to waste on drivel like this. The endless plugging of high-end products, eg Jo Malone, also gets very tedious.
Sorry, Veronica. I usually enjoy your books but this one was very disappointing.

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Another winner

I love all Veronica Henry’s stories,I found this one a little slow to get into but then it fulfilled all expectations, great.

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Loved it

Lighthearted and fun, classic Veronica Henry.... she’s my favourite for car journeys. Great escapism, highly recommended.

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Loved it loved it loved it!!

Fantastic from beginning to end! Easy to follow and addictive as ever -will read again!

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Ruined by strange voices!

Good story but why, oh why, does the narrator have to give most characters a ridiculous voice. There's Tiger sounding like a two-year old on helium and Raff, a supposedly 50ish attractive man sounding more like a mumbling old fool of 90. The only normal sounding person is Delilah. The women sound like pantomime characters and the men like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins attempting a very bad cockney accent. Just read the story for goodness sake and leave the rest to the readers imagination!

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  • Amal
  • 24-08-17

Wish it didn't end!

Loved this book, the characters and their stories, I just wish it didn't have to end!

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