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Thursday, 28 June 2018

The Woman in White ~ Wilkie Collins

narrated by Simon Prebble & Josephine Bailey (5)
By purchasing the free kindle first, you can then procure the audio for $1.14 USD      
Brit Trip Locations: Lancashire, Cumbria, London, Hampshire

The Woman in White was a recommended read.  So pleased I followed through on it as I enjoyed this Gothic mystery story right from the beginning.  Such an engaging read.  Reparaphrasing what two other readers (mumto2, and aggieamy  of TWTM Book a Week thread) said, “Don’t start this unless you have time to be sucked right into the intrigue Wilkie Collins has crafted in the White Woman: you’ll get to the point where you must keep listening to find out what happens”.  I came away liking the strength of character Collins gifted to the ‘plain’ sister, Marion, so much more than his delicate Victorian flower, Laura.
The female narrator, Josephine Bailey, wasn’t as enjoyable for me to listen to as Simon Prebble was.

Favourite quote from the book:
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”   Wilkie Collins

Monday, 18 June 2018

All Roads Lead to Austen ~ Amy Smith

epukapuka  N/F  (3-)
(This is a Latin American adventure with Austen’s books on board.)  
The writing style made for easy and an engaging, enough, book to keep me reading.  I skipped past the excerpts on Amy's personal love-life  - she’s romantically entangled with one man, moves in with him for a while,  and then once back in California decides she’d rather have this other, new, one she met before coming home … according to the last chapter ;) –  I just wanted to read the portions detailing the travelogue with Austen's books and the ensuing group discussions;  those were very interesting! 

For others that like to know things like this too, when tossing up between audio and written: there is some swearing (which would be hard to skip on audio). 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Evelina ~ Francis Burney

 (pub. 1778  p.455)   Classic    (Dorset/ London/ Bristol)
I don’t usually like epistolary novels, but I appreciated this one as it is so well read and the language usage is a delight to listen to.  Though it reads as satire, it’s rather interesting to be dropped down amongst the strictures and customs of the early 18th century.  Anyone that struggles with period pieces where young women are not emancipated nor empowered should sidestep this book.  The audiobook is long, at 16 and ½  hours, and the story becomes slightly convoluted before Francis Burney manages to get all her characters lined up to enjoy an anticipated ending.
Evelina is like reading an earlier times, slightly rough around the edges, Jane Austen.  I’ll be handing this to my Pride and Prejudice appreciating daughter to enjoy. 

The number beside each book is my personal rating for the book, or audiobook, at the time of reading with the range being:

(1) = would not recommend,

(2) = some interesting aspects but not one of my recommended reads,

(3) = would recommend.

(4) = Really good, enjoyable, (or worthy) read, would definitely recommend

(5) = Excellent book, highly recommend