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Summary

1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up. One is motherless and hated by the cold woman determined to take her dead mother's place. The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not tell to anyone. The people of Four Streets laugh, grieve and hope together. But what can they do when a betrayal at the heart of their world comes to light?

©2014 Nadine Dorries (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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Not for the faint hearted!

The story is intriguing however way way way too graphic in parts! The detail in the abuse scenes is far too excessive, I struggled to keep going with the book as I found these scenes deeply disturbing,. I understand it is the major part of the story line, however I felt the description of abuse could have been covered much more sensitively. Had I realised the disturbing topic of the book, I doubt I would have read it. I don't recall this being in the description of the book. A brilliant story spoilt by unnecessary details..

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a moment in time, vividly told with passion

Would you listen to The Four Streets again? Why?

I listened to it over a 24 hour period, every chance I could, I couldn't leave it alone, I will have to not listen for a while so I hopefully forget some of the story first, it was really vivid and very well read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Four Streets?

The woman gathering together to cook a huge stew so all the kids would eat that night when times were hard. Many moments spring to mind

Which character – as performed by Emma Gregory – was your favourite?

I didn't have one favourite, the characters were really well drawn, I felt most for Nellie and Jerry her dad

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

something that I wasn't expecting, a moment of forgiveness, compassion and understanding for someone in terrible emotional pain, i cant say when without giving away a huge chunk of the story.

Any additional comments?

I loved this, I was dreading to reach the end, the characters were so real and I wanted the story to go on and on. A story I would recommend to anyone who loves this kind of near historical (within my lifetime) community tale of how things were

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Good story but some very difficult parts to listen

I loved Angela's Ashes and thought this would be in the same style.
But whilst it was a good story i found some of the content so uncomfortable and had to move forward a chapter. Also thought the book ended in a strange way but all things considered. The story of the relationships of the Irish families was brilliant.

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loved it

Cant wait for the next book, real gritty characters who you really cared about. Couldnt stop listening to the story.

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Could have been so much more

What would have made The Four Streets better?

If there had been a strong story to weave all the little ones together

Would you ever listen to anything by Nadine Dorries again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Gregory’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

Just not engaging enough

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Gave up!

Too stereotypical, too predictable, the only thing that gave me pleasure was to delete it from my library!

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Must read

What made the experience of listening to The Four Streets the most enjoyable?

The narrators Irish accent was good which made the story more enjoyable

What did you like best about this story?

I liked everything the descriptions of the hardships and following the families through their lives

What does Emma Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Having the Irish accent improved the quality

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes if I had the chance

Any additional comments?

Well worth listening too for fans of Catherine Cookson type stories I was disappointed when it finished so suddenly would live to know if there's a sequel

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Nothing exceptional

I won't be buying any more of Nadine Dorrie's books.This one was a cure for insomnia. She's no Maeve Binchy.

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Great gritty true to life adaption of life then

Great story with some very unexpected turns ,the narrator does brilliantly in bringing the characters to life , and there are follow on books ,which I'm going to move onto straight away

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Poverty, Humour, Love, Sex, Death, Scandal!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, provided they had previously enjoyed other historical, family drama poverty stricken tales, family stories etc.... Otherwise no. If you don't like that genre, then this one won't change your mind.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Four Streets?

Some of the moments were emotional and shocking.... Some of them a bit far fetched.

What does Emma Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Emma Gregory's accents are great, her Irish and Liverpudlian accents bring a lot to the narrative....

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love Flourishes in Bleak Circumstances

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book, and will carry on to read the others in the series, but I didn't rush onto the 2nd one, I felt I needed a break in between continuing the story... this perhaps doesn't sound too positive, but overall I did enjoy it. I just needed a rest from the Blarney!

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