Billed as a semi-autobiographical novel, this audiobook is a meandering story told with steady maturity by Siân Thomas. Billi lives an unconventional life in 1920s Europe, first with her father in a chateau and later with her mother and various caretakers. Despite the story's being centered on childhood and youth, there is a grandmotherly tone to Thomas's voice that lends an unexpected sincerity to Billi's recollections. The story itself is less consistent than the narration, but, overall, it's appealing to hear Billi's experiences as she grows up. Thomas does a fine job, and Bedford fans will likely enjoy this rendition of her work. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2023]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2023
DD ISBN 978-1-78198-457-4 $37.00
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