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Among the Poppies

By: J'nell Ciesielski
Narrated by: Gwyn Olson
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Publisher's Summary

The ideal lady wears lace, speaks quietly, and never - under any circumstances - fixes an automobile. But Gwyn Ruthers has never cared two snaps about being the ideal lady. With the war to end all wars exploding across the English Channel, she leaves behind her restrictive life as a chauffer's daughter to serve in an all-female ambulance unit in France. She's not about to let her social status or gender prevent her from serving her country. Not even a handsome captain can distract her from her mission. Most of the time.

Captain William Crawford wouldn't wish the ravages of war on any man, much less the captivating woman who insists on driving into battle instead of staying safely at home. He can't deny that the troops need more medical help but not when it puts innocent women in danger. How can he lead his men against the Jerries while worrying about Gwyn's safety?

Bound together by circumstances, Gwyn and William can't stop the love growing between them. Can their relationship survive, or will it become another casualty of war?

©2018 J'nell Ciesielski (P)2019 Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

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the usual author did very little with history

Just the unique model of strong women falls in love with old fashion military guy. Had potential but seems to taken the easy way out of writing with exponding on history.

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Great story

A light romance with thoughtful insight into elements of WWI, the changing plight of British gentry and the emerging push for greater gender equality. Unfortunately the narration wasn’t great hence the 4 star rating.

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loved this story

I laughed and cried
suspended and excitement
I thought there was at least 10 narrators
such a beautiful exciting story

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So far so good.

I 5gink this book is one of the most interesting to listen to while I sleep.🥰

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I really enjoyed it

I thought the narrator was good, not sure why other reviewers didn’t like her. Good story. Religious references were minimal. Worth listening to, I had trouble pausing it, just wanted to listen straight through.

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Narration ruined it...

The narrator was monotone and the entire book was like a giant run on sentence. The story itself seemed good and had my interest so I had to finish it. But it’s not a leisure listen as it takes a lot of focus to understand as the narrator doesn’t have any inflection. The characters can get confusing and muddled if you’re not paying attention. Didn’t think the narrator could get anymore robotic until she voiced Cecilia...

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The narrator wasn’t a good reader

She had awkward and incorrect pausing - sometime in the middle of a sentence for no conceivable reason. She also didn’t place the correct emphasis on words so the meaning of the sentence or paragraph was almost entirely lost. I could read better than this by 8th grade.

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Loved this book

Not over done with the romance part of the book. It is a lovely mix of a woman’s strength in a time when women weren’t considered helpful in the down & dirty part of the war effort & her love story.

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The narration was just awful. I tried to listen to this on another occasion, but only got through about the third chapter. It was hard to tell who was speaking, it all sounded so close to the same. It’s a great story. That’s the reason I endured the whole thing. I have never given a poor review before now, and I’ve listened to a lot of books.

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NOT a Romance Novel

I'm glad I didn't listen to the reviewers who stated that this story is a "Christian romance novel." It is not. If I had heeded such statements, I would have missed a gem. The Biblical references are few and absolutely appropriate to the situations in which the characters found themselves; that of brutal combat, capture and POW, and the aftermath.

I enjoyed this story quite a bit. The story takes place during WWI and explores the close friendship and respect between two women—Gywn and Cecelia—despite their vast difference in social class; strong minded and strong willed women who understood they had something to contribute and, so put themselves into the fight, sometimes on the Front Lines; starting over again when everything is lost; and, throughout, love and support among the characters.

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  • Wac61
  • 11-11-22

Awful

narrated really badly. I'm not sure about the actual story because I deleted half way through chapter one .... ugh !!!!

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  • CP
  • 11-28-19

Disappointed

Couldn’t take to the narrator- too winey for me made it very hard to listen to shame because I love these type of stories

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  • Macz
  • 11-23-22

Story Ruined

This is a really good story but totally destroyed by the very bad narrator. Am struggling to get to the end. Won't be listening to any by her again.

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  • MISS K BATES
  • 11-03-22

lovely story

lovely story but lost something with the narration unfortunately. The dialogue from William in particular. This book would probably have been much better read rather than on audible.

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  • Bodice Wales
  • 10-14-22

What a pity.

A good story spoiled by awful narration - tried changing the speed of delivery which helped a bit but gave up in the end.

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  • Sandra H
  • 10-09-22

Poor narration spoilt a good story

The story was really good, but the narration was dreadful; it lacked intonation and inflection making the conversations between characters flat, and giving the wrong meaning. Added to that the narrator has an accent which could be American, so all these English characters were not particularly credible. Sadly I will be avoiding any other books narrated by Gwyn Olson.

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  • Patricia Rowell
  • 10-04-22

Great story

I enjoyed the story very much but maybe the narrator should keep her day job.

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  • Ann Rooksby
  • 09-27-22

Spoilt

A good story but the bad narrative spoils a good book.
The narrative was weak and unbearable.

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  • Alicia R.
  • 11-26-22

Disappointing narration

I should have read the other reviews first. The narration spoiled a great story. I had to force myself to listen and ended up wishing I had bought it on Kindle and read it myself. The narrator had a partly American accent and poor understanding of how to put an emphasis on more dramatic parts, speaking with a sing song voice whilst describing the horrors of war. She made it sound as if she was reading a bedtime story to a child. Very disappointing.

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  • shirley pickin
  • 10-27-22

Brilliant

Enjoyed this book very much with things that happened as a result of WW1

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  • Jennifer Stracey
  • 10-29-22

Among the Poppies?

As a pure flight of fancy it’s passable, but as anything else it’s an insult to those who served and to anyone’s intelligence. Just some basic research on events on the Western front and the life of aristocrats and the military would have made it less ridiculous. Americanisms don’t work in a story about the British at that time in history.

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  • Nicola C.
  • 10-09-22

Great read

Great story but as others have said the narrater lets it down. The narrater used the same voice for all characters so it’s hard to follow who is talking. The accent is a bit annoying and doesn’t suit the characters. Otherwise a great story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-22

Struggled through

Liked the story but really struggled listening to the narration. Would be better to read the book.

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  • Sharon F
  • 03-19-22

Lovely story

I very much enjoyed this story but like a couple of others who have left a review, I did find the the narrator a little annoying at times.

Whether it was because she was trying to differentiate between the characters I don’t know but even the consistent ones’ accents varied from each conversation. The upper class ones that should have been easy were awful and the poor Liverpudlian lass sounded vaguely Irish at times.

I also found it hard to believe that our heroine would have been quite so eloquent and well spoken considering she was not from a privileged upbringing.

Regardless once I made myself stop getting frustrated with the changes in accent it was a lovely story.