Narrator Fenella Woolgar portrays Violet Speedwell, one of WWI's "surplus women." Facing a postwar life of spinsterhood, Violet is determined to make her life meaningful. The story opens as she leaves her mother's home for a fresh start in Winchester, the site of a renowned cathedral. The large cast of characters is brought to life by Woolgar's masterful tone, pacing, and use of accents to bring their diverse personalities to life. Her delivery of narrative is consistent and melodious. Violet's own voice slowly but surely gains strength as her new life takes shape. The whining bitterness of her mother, the exuberance of Gilda, the self-contained confidence of Dorothy, the overbearing impatience of Mrs. Biggins, and the friendliness of Mrs. Pesel bring the cathedral's embroiderers to life. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2019]
Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2019
CD ISBN 9780593149164 $40.00 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9780593149171 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2019
DD ISBN 9780593149195 $95.00
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