Narrator Karen Cass brings charm and a touch of drama to this affecting story of what happens when impulsive 30-something Vera takes in practical 10-year-old Noel, an orphan who has been evacuated to the suburbs of London during WWII. Cass's broad vocal register and ability to render a range of British accents bring authenticity to the dialogue as Noel and Vera cross paths with a variety of Londoners while they implement money-making cons. Cass's excellent pacing carries listeners smoothly from quiet moments, as when Noel misses his late godmother, to the action, as when Vera is caught outside during a bombing. Listeners will be entranced by Cass's portrayals of two lost souls who discover they make a good team and a solid family. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2015]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781504625456 $34.99 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9780062415448 $24.99
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781504625449 $59.99 Seven CDs
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