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The Women Who Ran Away

Narrated by: Shelly Atkinson
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Summary

In Sheila O'Flanagan's engrossing new novel, two women form an unlikely friendship as they face up to shocking truths about the men they've loved - and start to make their own decisions about what to do next....

Deira is setting out on the holiday she'd planned with her long-term partner, Gavin...only she's on her own. Gavin will not be amused when he finds out she's 'borrowed' his car, but since their brutal break-up Deira's not been acting rationally. Maybe a drive through beautiful France will help her see things differently.

Grace has been sent on a journey by her late husband, Ken. She doesn't really want to be on it, but she's following his instructions as always. She can only hope that the trip will help her to forgive him. And then - finally - she'll be able to let him go.

Thrown together by chance, Deira and Grace are soon motoring down the French highways, sharing intriguing stories of their pasts, as they each consider the future.... 

©2020 Sheila O'Flanagan (P)2020 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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A Good Story ruined

This is another excellent story by Sheila O’Flannegan. Unfortunately the story completely ruined by the narrating. Although the narrating is very good at times (as the sample shows, which is probably chosen precisely for that reason), the larger part of the book is read with odd emphases and stresses on wrong words. It is so distracting that I cannot rate this book very high. Don’t they have editors or proof listeners at Audible. It might be a good idea to have this book narrated all over again by a narrator suited to this book.

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Shame about the "she said" parts

Update - gave up in the end because I was so fed up with the mechanical "she/Grace/Dera said" being inserted. It really annoyed me and spoiled the story. Returned for a refund. Great story. Narration, in general, is good but the "he said, she said" inserts seem mechanical and irritating after speech. Somewhat spoils the story and narration as it feels so false.

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An interesting story, beautifully narrated, I loved it!

I really didn’t want this to end. It is a book set from the woman’s perspective, but I wouldn’t describe it as chick-lit because it has depth. I loved the descriptions of the various stages of the journey through France and Spain, and the growing friendship between the two women, thrown together by circumstance, which develops slowly and naturally along the way. Equal to the story is the narration, which is lovely and makes the book even more enjoyable. I think I will wait a few weeks and then listen to it again, and I wish the author would write a follow-up so that I could continue the story of the characters’ lives.

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Thoroughly enjoyable listen

This is the story s of Grace and Deira, two women who have taken their own trips to France for very different, but equally interesting, reasons. Through fate, the two ladies trips become entwined and they join up to travel together on a road trip through France and Spain leading to them learning about themselves and each other while healing from their own personal experiences. I liked both Grace and Deira and was hoping for a happy outcome for them as the trip unfolded and we learnt more about why each woman had gone away on their own. The descriptions of each town the ladies visited was great and i felt the little bits of local information for each made trip seem authentic. I enjoyed the clues along the way too.. I enjoy Sheila O’Flanagan’s writing and enjoyed this book very much as I did her previous releases. It was a gentle, engaging tale. I’m a big fan of Aoife McMahon who has narrated a lot of Sheila’s previous books and was A bit disappointed to see she wasn’t reading this one but was delighted to find Shelly Atkinson’s narration every bit as good. Will look out for more narrated by Shelly also Highly Recommended

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She said

Great story as always but I was very aware of computer sounding she said , he said which by the end was very annoying!

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Loved the story but narration has a problem

Loved the story but took longer to listen due to the electronic sounding words ie every time a characters name was mentioned .it sounded like my sons speak machine had said it . Very metallic and false . Not all the words but the ends of sentences ie said ? Found it very irritating and not necessary . I asked friends to listen they said the same thing

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Narration put me off

The narration put me off, every time she said 'said Grace' etc., it sounded disjointed, like it wasn't a continuous reading. The story was good but I just wanted it to be over ☹️

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Not her best work!

Sadly, I agree with other reviewers. This is by no means as good as the other work from this author. Also, the narration is difficult to listen to. I do wonder if the book itself would have seemed better with better narration. The narrator’s voice is good and with a little training or practice, I feel sure she could do a great job. Here though, the emphasis in sentences is frequently wrong and there is a weird heavy emphasis on ‘she said’!

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An adventure most women would love to have

Loved this book from start to finish. Great escapism. Loved it so much that I listened to it in the car, on the phone - every chance I got. I didn't want to get to the end. I had just one criticism : the Narrator 's habit of emphasising the "Deira said" or "said Grace" or "Grace said" at the end of each sentence nearly drove me crazy. It got to the point where I was constantly waiting to hear how the Narrator would finish each sentence of dialogue between the characters. I've listened to loads of books on Audible and this is the first time this has been an issue. The Narrator's voice and her narration of the book in general was fine; it was just this very noticeable change of tone for "Deira said" or "Grace said" at the end of the pieces of direct speech which was a bit of a let-down. Sorry! Otherwise storyline was excellent.

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  • 08-09-20

The narrated punctuation totally ruined it for me

I was distracted from the story by the narration. I could not possibly count the number of ‘he said’ or ‘she said. It may well have been written that way by Sheila but was not necessary for the audio.