Trade Ed. HighBridge Audio 2017
CD ISBN 9781681685267 $39.99 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9781681685274 $27.99
This engrossing audiobook animates an often overlooked time in history, and Gemma Dawson's nimble narration ably maneuvers the story's nuances. As the Boer War rages, 14-year-old Lettie, her mother, and brother, who are Dutch Afrikaner settlers, are removed from their farm by British soldiers and forced to endure the horrors of a concentration camp. Dawson voices Lettie well, combining the innocence of the character's age with the strength of her resolve. While Dawson's skill with accents and voices is considerable--the listener can readily follow the time shifts between grim camp life and the happier memories of the past--there are times when the audio format spotlights gaps or slow sections in the story. Overall, though, this is a solid production, well performed. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2017]
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