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Summary

1943, Hampshire. Pixie Saunders is 19 and employed in the local armaments factory. Not for the first time, her mother has run off with a dodgy-looking bloke, leaving Pixie to pay the rent and fend for herself.

Pixie, along with her best friend, Rita; Em, the factory overseer; and the rest of the girls are making the most of the war while trying to stay alive. The work is dangerous and the hours long, but in the evenings they take off their overalls and go to the pub or, better still, go dancing.

Pixie meets American serviceman Cal and falls in love. But then Cal rejoins his ship. When Pixie falls pregnant, her life changes dramatically. Alone and unable to work, she has to rely on the kindness of friends to help her survive. Happiness seems like a thing of the past. Little does she know that there are plenty of surprises waiting for her - good ones at that. Love may be closer than she thinks.

©2015 June Hampson (P)2015 WF Howes Ltd

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fantastic atmospheric listen...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was a great listen as the narrator added to the brilliant story of Pixie and her friends as they face the fear of bombs falling on their hometown as well as tragic personal problems on a daily business. Each of them supported each other like only true friends can do,

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Munitions Girls?

The book is full of memorable moments but for me is when Pixie puts her own problems to the back burner when Rita faces a life-changing tragedy. When any of the girls needs her Pixie is there, she is a girl we all would love in our lives.

Have you listened to any of Anne Dover’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Anne Drover is a narrator I always look out for as I know she will not take away from the storyline with silly accents or putting on voices which certainly do not suit the characters. I have had to return good books because of the narrator voices but with Anne Drover I always know I am in for a great listen.

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

When Pixie's mother finally realises her place is with her daughter but she has to earn her trust and love all over again and this is when Gladys turns into a character who I could not fail to care for, it was clear to see where Pixie gets her big and open heart from. As you get to know Gladys as a character you will finally realise why she has turned out the way she has.

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This is a brilliant read as well as a brilliant listen and for me it is five stars all the way for this wonderful book.

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simply brilliant!

I wasnt sure what to expect as it's not my normal genre but I was captivated throughout .
great narrator, characters, and storyline, captured the hardship of the time and the strength of community good and bad.
highly recommended

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another great book

I enjoyed this book a bit disappointed at the end, it would of been nice to have had a chapter telling us how bob and dicksie made up when she got back home , it felt as if I had missed a chapter, went back in case I did, I love listening to Anne Dover read

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Wonderful

Really enjoyed this book, have an excellent account of what is must have been like to live through this period. Could not stop listening, narrator was excellent and really brought the characters to life.

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a good story it could of been anywhere in britaiñ

loved the story could not put it down I know my mum worked n a factory in Glasgow and she used to tell us stories about the women that worked there

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Good if you like nostalgia

What did you like most about The Munitions Girls?

Very true to era

Would you recommend The Munitions Girls to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Only because I think we have had enough of nostalgia. Like a bit more action

What about Anne Dover’s performance did you like?

Her whole performance was very good. I thought she had voices spot on.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not. really. Reminded me too much of my childhood which was not all good.

Any additional comments?

Very apt for anyone wanting to go back in time.

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Brilliant!

Loved this book just like any other books that Rosie Archer
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An interesting reflection of the war years.

A loverly book and it brings the war years to life. I quite like the narrator Anne Dover, her voices is so familiar and she narrates many good books with the 2nd WW jeaunre. Her voice is perfect and the way she brings tge characters to life is fabulous.

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The Munitions Girls

I've listened to quite a few of books by Rosie Archer and I've always enjoyed them, I love the fact that they are always read by the same person. My mother worked in a munition factory in Willenhall Westmidlands and this book made me realise how dangerous the work was that she did like thousands of woman around the country.
Yes I would highly recommend this book as I would with all the war story books they are very well written and I think a lot of research must have gone into them.

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Nice cheerful story

Easy to listen to. Very predictable but a good background when you are doing something else