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The Botanist's Daughter

Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Summary

A buried secret....

Present day: Anna is focused on growing her new gardening business and renovating her late grandmother's house. But when she discovers a box hidden in a wall cavity, containing watercolours of exotic plants, an old diary and a handful of seeds, she finds herself thrust into a centuries-old mystery. One that will send her halfway across the world to Kew Gardens and then on to Cornwall in search of the truth.

A lady adventurer....

1886: Elizabeth Trebithick is determined to fulfil her father's dying wish and continue his life's work as an adventurer and plant hunter. So when she embarks on a perilous journey to discover a rare and miraculous flower, she will discover that the ultimate betrayal can be found even across the seas....

Can a mysterious flower bring two women, separated by centuries, together?

©2019 Kayte Nunn (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Utterly dreadful narrator

The story wasn't bad but the screeching narrator ruined it and her attempts at British and even worse Cornish accents were laughable.

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The worst audio book I have ever had the misfortune of trying to listen to

Utter vacuous tripe, complete lack of craft, cluttered with valueless description and superficial insight.
Compounded by a reading with as much grasp on delivery as a ninety year falling down a flight of stairs.
It might get better after the first two hours, but who cares?

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Quite an interesting plot

This is an interesting story. Maybe not as gripping as I had hoped but it has something a bit different so still a pleasant listen.

The narrator had some issue with accents of the Cornish characters which floated all over the place and mostly landed at vaguely Irish.

It's worth a listen if you are looking for something gentle and find botany an interesting topic.

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Poor narration

The story presented here was reasonably good if a bit predictable. Carillons Lee really shouldn’t attempt regional British accents. Her attempts are odd not just in this book but others I have heard her narrate. Her Australian voices are just as odd. She makes it seem as though all Australian women speak in shrill voices and shriek a lot. Her voice is best when she is just reading maybe she should stick to that.

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Narration issues

Story was brilliant loved it but ruined by the awful narration. Narrator has a lovely voice but did the worst character voices and expressions I have ever heard! Absolutely dreadful and really weird

Also the accents were completely out - unless Cornwall has now been moved to Northern Ireland. All the Cornish characters spoke with a strong Northern Ireland accent.

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Had potential but ruined by terrible narration

Oh dear! Have just finished the Botanist's daughter and am left with a feeling of disappointment. The story had charm and unlike some other reviewers, I found it interesting and engaging. But, and it's a big BUT the narrator's accents were so appalling that I moved from finding them amusing, to irritating and finally unbearable. The Cornish accent is a mixture of Irish, Caribbean with a dose of Dick Van Dyke cockney. The London Kew Garden botanist 'Ed' is clearly based on Hugh Grant from Four Weddings and a Funeral, with his ever so British expletives, his 'floppy fringe' and his habit of calling Anna by her surname 'Jenkins'. Add to this my suspicion that the author has based her impression of Cornwall from watching the BBC's 'Poldark' and I was left with a frustration that a sweet story I actually enjoyed, had been hijacked by bad accents and clichés.

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Boring

Boring Boring boring,struggled to finish it,in fact I didn't finish it!could not recommend to anyone.

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Yawn !

This lacked lustre and substance ! Very long and drawn out I didn’t even finish it! Just found it entirely boring!

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Great story

Great story that keeps you guessing but spoilt by the narrator’s very poor attempt at English and Cornish accents!

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lovely story, it twists n turns over 3 continents

I guessed the outcome at the start, but the joy was in hearing it told. it was narrated by an Australian who had a terrible Cornish accent. But it didn't detract. I just wish the story was true, though the descriptions of my fellow botanists was spot on! 😃