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Summary

Ruth lives in Vienna and is wildly in love with Heini Radik, a brilliant young pianist. When Hitler’s forces invade, Ruth’s family flees to London, but she cannot get a passport.

Quin, a young professor and friend of the family, visits Ruth and offers a marriage of convenience. On their return to London, Quin begins to fall desperately in love with her. But then Heini turns up.…

©1993 Eva Ibbotson (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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Beautiful story RUINED by this narrator

Who gave this narrator the job
There must have been no editor or producer to supervise
Absolutely terrible narration. The voices for the characters, tempo. Sentiment. All terrible
Ruined the story completely

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This is the worst narrator I have Ever listened to

Would you try another book written by Eva Ibbotson or narrated by Kate Lock?

The narrator was so awful that I found it impossible to get beyond the first chapter, therefore I cannot comment on Eva Ibbotsons work. May I suggest Kate Lock is better suited to narrating children's books?

What was most disappointing about Eva Ibbotson’s story?

See above

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Lock’s performances?

Never.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Morning Gift?

Not applicable.

Any additional comments?

None

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Atrocious Narration

This is a wonderful book. I was really looking forward to listening to it, unfortunately it was ruined by really bad narration. The narrator puts on a fake Austrian accent for much of the book which ruins the personalities of the characters and is unbearable to listen to. I gave up in the end. Such a shame that more attention is not given to the quality of narration - I'm sure Kate Lock is capable of a lovely performance

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A great book spoilt

I love Eva Ibbotson and this book but this a painful rendition. I usually listen to audio books at bedtime but I find this version actually stressful to listen to. The way the characters are voiced is both irritating and a poor reflection of the way their characters are described.

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Appalling narration

I love this story. It's one of my favourite books ever, and when I saw it on Audible I was excited to buy it, but the narration is so unbearable I couldn't possibly listen to it - and I gave it a good chance, in hopes of it acquiring some redeeming features. It did not. The characters' voices are just horrendous: rich, complex characters with great intelligence reduced to caricatures with horrible whiny faux-Austrian accents. The problem is this is narrated as if it's a book for 7 year olds, when it is not a children's book at all. I don't even agree with its recategorisation to YA to be honest but that's a separate point.

All in all, wonderful, beautiful story. Horribly narrated. I'm terribly disappointed.


Addendum: out of interest I searched for reviews of other books narrated by Kate Lock and every single book I looked at had poor reviews for narration. I really hate to say this, but I will remember her name as I would be 100% put off by listening to any book narrated by her.

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Could have been written for five hours rather than 17

Way too much detail which didn’t add anything which made the book very dull for me. I don’t like giving up on books but two thirds in I really couldn’t take any more

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great book but didn't need the Austrian accents.

I defy anyone to not enjoy this book. Eva Ibbotson is a wonderful writer and though I don't usually read romance novels, I read this because Marian Keyes recommended it. the audio, though still enjoyable is ruined by the decision of the narrator to use Austrian accents. I don't do this when I read so why would I want to hear it when read to me?

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torture yo my ears

This was a book club read and I decided to have an audio version so that I could listen to it while cooking and washing up as I find it hard to find time to sit and read.
Right from the beginning the narrator grated on my nerves. She over exaggerated every character's accent which turned them into characatures. She made Ruth sound like an old lady or a simpering idiot and totally ruined my enjoyment of the romance between her and Quin. it was like being in an episode of Allo Allo at times!!!
I had to stick with it as I didn't want to purchase the book when I had already bought the audio. It was however torture to the ears from start to end. I believe that this narrator should stick to narrating children's books. A well written and interesting book was reduced to a joke. Judging by the reviews I am not alone in my thoughts about this narrator. It has made me wary about purchasing any more fiction audible books. I will certainly read the reviews beforehand from now on.

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Appalling narration

I loved A Song for Summer so bought this to listen to while I sewed scrubs. I’ve got as far as Chapter 7 but the attempt of the narrator to ‘do’ various accents has made me think twice about finishing it. I have just bought the Kindle version of the book and shall read it myself!

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just lovely and absorbing!

One of my favorite books from my teenage years, the rare thing of a genuinely great romance, but with scope and humour and intelligence.

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  • 19-01-17

I can't hear this audio book. It is horrible

Would you try another book from Eva Ibbotson and/or Kate Lock?

I read all books by Eva Ibbotson, but would never ever buy another book narrated by Kate Lock

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Who want to hear someone narrate a book with a fake German accent? is this supposed to be funny?
On top, the main figure sounds like she has the IQ of a potato chip.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Morning Gift?

non. Unabridged is mandatory.

Any additional comments?

I am very sorry I will never be able to listen to this wonderful book narrated.

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  • Wendy
  • 23-11-13

Same Storyline

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, the characters are likable and it takes place during interesting times. It is however, the same plot as "The Secret Countess," "A Company of Swans" and "Magic Flutes." The leading man and woman are virtually interchangeable in all four books.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It's a very satisfying ending.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

While does have a pleasant voice, she sounds like she's reading a bedtime story to a child. My biggest complaint is the way she voices the Austrian characters. They sound like Ludwig Von Drake. The children's voices sounded like Ludwig Von Drake on helium. I wanted to pull out my earbuds and stomp on them. The main character, Ruth, is supposed to have gone to an English school and had a Scottish governess. She has an English accent, with a slight "Aberdonian" lilt when she is upset. The narrator gives her a thick German accent. It's very distracting. I think she could be a good narrator, if she had more direction.

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  • E
  • 15-06-21

Crazy Accents Are Distracting

I absolutely love this story, but I could not get past the very strange choices that the narrator made. Ruth, the main character, was given a very childlike, grating voice that belied her true intelligence. After one character was introduced with an inexplicable speech impediment, I finally noped out. If I hadn’t read this in book format previously, it would have probably been a DNF. As it was, I ended up downloading the other version of this audiobook and liked it much better.

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  • Tobi
  • 01-08-15

Okay

I didn't like the narrator. Her accents were hard to understand and some of her voices were down right irritating. I felt the end of the story was too quick trying to put all the strings together into one chapter. It really left me cold. I will never listen to this book again.

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  • HolyCats!
  • 29-07-15

Bad narration

What disappointed you about The Morning Gift?

I would love to tell you that I loved this story as I love all Eva Ibbotson's books, but I can't. Because five minutes into the audiobook I hated the narrator. 30 minutes in and I had lost all track of what the story was about because I was so disgusted by the narration. This is not a children's book. Please do not narrate it as such. And ending every other sentence on an upswing? Is just annoying. The voices were terrible and the deal breaker for me. If Patricia Connolly did a version of this I would snatch it up is a heartbeat. As it is I'm happy I didn't pay full price because I had to delete it.