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Summary

Australia, 1946: 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men.

On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, it soon becomes clear that the journey is more important than the destination....

©2005 Jojo Moyes (P)2005 W F Howes Ltd

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Good, but found it slow.

I love most of Jojo Moyes books , and as I am in my eighties, expected to be riveted, but found it difficult to get really into it. The story, historically is fascinating, and simply amazing but the characters didn't grip me. I don't know why.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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A faultlessly told, touching story.

For days, Ive been putting off finishing this book because I just didnt want it to end. I didn't want to lose touch with an excellent array of characters. The story and the way it was developed and plotted, was compelling and the reader gave a distinct and fitting sense to every voice.

I felt the emotion underpinning each character. That's something that thus author achieves: subsiduary characters have the same depth and sense of a 'backstory ' as the principles, and you really care about the fate that befalls them all.

I'd heartily recommend this book in every respect. I dont think I've ever given a book 5 stars across the board, but this was a truly excellent l7sten.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathst
  • United Kingdom
  • 23-02-18

based on true story it's superb

every charter you feel as if you know and care about in this. based on a story I knew nothing about. I found this fascinating and it was usually witty . as always jo jo moyles as brought these characters and situation to life . I would say this is one of her best works and I've listened to nearly all of them . i would highly recommend to anyone. this is very enjoyable and moving

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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A gem of an audio book

I can unreservedly recommend The Ship Of Brides. As good as it gets in my opinion. A really interesting and absorbing story ( as always with JoJo Moyes) and the narrator was amazing. I didn’t want it to end, though I was desperate to hear what happened! Fabulous!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Liz
  • Syresham, United Kingdom
  • 26-01-18

Superb Read

Lovely, lovely story - gentle, but quite un-put-downable.

BUT........

The narration was SUPERB!!!! Regional accents, dialects, male, female all completely and instantly recognisable.

This is what made a great listen a superb one!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • CLAIRE
  • Stockport, United Kingdom
  • 22-01-18

Not one of her best ☹️

I love Jojo Moyes’s books, and this one was ok. Took a bit to get into it. Good story if a bit waffley. If your looking for a easy read that doesn’t take much concentration this book will do. If you’re new to Jojo’s books I would start with another one. “Last letter from your lover” was brilliant! This was ok.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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History made personal

It's a slowly evolving story that kept me listening. I agree with others that the story it is slow, but this gives one time to get to know the fictitious characters. The story is a mix of actual events in the immediate post WW2 period when young Australian brides of British servicemen were transported by sea to the UK in an epic 6 week journey on an aircraft carrier. The story is full of the kind of emotions that these young women must have experienced: would they still love the man they'd married in haste; how would they cope with a new country and would they miss their family back home?

I enjoyed this long book and thought the narrator excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Stick with it!

I found this book quite hard to get into and didn’t like the narrator at all at first which was off putting. However, once the book got going, so did the narration with great and varied voices. Had me riveted by the end and sad to have just finished it!

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Wonderful book, brilliantly narrated

As per all of her books, Jojo Moyes has nailed it, again, with ship of brides. Such a good story which had me addicted!
The narrator absolutely amazed me also though, bringing the story to life, with each and every person having their own identity. You can tell exactly who is talking, before their names are even mentioned.
This is a must listen!!

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Left wanting a little more

story line was somewhat predictable Characters where interesting if only there was more depth in the last few days aboard the ship. it's those chapters I struggled to stay interested

6 of 8 people found this review helpful