• Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls

  • By: Rosie Clarke
  • Narrated by: Polly Edsell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hard times ahead for the Harpers girls....

It is two years since Harpers opened in Oxford Street and Ben is planning to expand the premises.

Life is good for Sally and Ben as they look forward to their first child and hope for a prosperous future. Beth is settling into married life with Jack, gradually recovering from her aunt’s tragic death, though still unable to conceive a child.

New girls have joined Harpers and Marion, Janice and Becky all become a part of the daily life at the busy store. Rachel is undecided whether to marry a man she isn’t sure she can trust, while Minnie meets an old love.

The sun is shining in English streets but on the horizon dark clouds gather over Europe and war looms threatening, bringing rainy days for the Harpers girls....

©2020 Rosie Clarke (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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Enjoyable book

Enjoyed the story, was like catching up with old friends.
Unfortunately, narration not so great. Differentiation between female characters seem to go by how high pitched/twee they can get. No continuity, voices have changed since earlier books, and poor Mr Marco..??
Much preferred Juliette Burton (narrator, books #1&2)

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Disappointing

Echoing what others have said; the narration is horrible. The characters are unrecognizable from the previous books.

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WORST narration—read the book, don’t try listening

Read the book, don’t start listening unless you’ve a high tolerance for what is the worst narration I’ve heard in 397 Audible books I’ve listened to. I read the poor narration reviews, but never imagined Audible would release this this quality before purchasing.

Poor Minnie uses a “w” for any “r” through all her dialogue in a squeaky, high voice. It’s an insult to those who legitimately have a speech impediment.

Rachel has been reduced from an independent female character to a whiny, simpering role. Other female characters sound like poorly done impersonations of adolescent boys.

The gentlemen speak slowly like their wits have been dimmed, are wishy-washy, and usually seem intoxicated.

I apologize to Polly Edsel whose natural narrative is a nice, easy to listen to voice.

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Disappointing narration

I agree with other reviewers - this narrator was not strong on the female voices, using age inappropriate pitch and accents that were totally out of synch with the character’s background and education. The use of pause was sometimes unusual and Mr Marco’s accent was completely distracting!

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Rainy Days for Listeners

Loved the first two Harper’s books, this one with a different narrator was terrible! Her voice isn’t too bad but giving Mr. Marconi an Italian accent, Why? His father is British and Mr. Marconi lives in Britain. Makes no sense. I really loved his character in first 2 books, but he was so hard to understand with the heavy Italian accent. Also Minnie’s speech impediment. What?? Terrible, and a shame, it was such a good story. I think I’ll skip the remainder and see if I can get the books at library. And if not I’ll just miss out on the remaining.

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Bad Narrator

I have moved on with this series, but the reader from 3 on is terrible. She gives the characters speech impediments that are truly annoying. Sadie has a lisp, Minnie sounds like Elmer Fudd and all of a sudden Maggie and Marion sound like Eliza Doolittle. Horrible. I am trudging on as I like the series (story.)

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Narration needs improving

Needs a different narrator. Some of the character voices were actually painful to listen to.

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Story is still good but…

This was difficult to get through despite loving the first two books. Apparently the narrator is different from the first two books and it’s so apparent and different. I don’t like criticizing narrators and perhaps if I wasn’t already used to Juliette doing the first two books it wouldn’t be so bad. But I had a hard time putting the voices to the characters because it was so different. It’s taking away from the enjoyment of the series for me. So unfortunate. But I’m invested in the story, which is still interesting, so I’ll continue the series, although grudgingly.

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Nice story tho a bit juvenile

This story was fun and the narrator very good and made the story unique….will read the others!

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Great story, terrible narration

Julie Burton did such a great job on the first 2 books, very disappointed in the narration in this one. she makes every female character sound like a whiny, childish twit. The men's 'voices' are especially annoying.
I loved the story, but almost gave up because of the bad narration.

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  • Kazzakirk
  • 08-14-21

Couldn’t follow!

If you are going to change narrator midway through a series I would expect that they at the minimum read the first two books where the characters were introduced or listen to the characters the last narrator gave them! The main protagonist Sally Ross was/is/has always been a cockney but now speaks like the queen! Lots of other main characters have been lost in the same way - very disappointed as I couldn’t concentrate on the story because of this - let down!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-20

Terrible narrator!

The narrator was didn’t know the characters. We listen to 18 years old girls talking like a 40 year old. And women in their forties and a suffragette (Rachel) speaking like a little girl. Even more irritating is the voice of Minnie: she has a speech impediment!
Please don’t use the same narrator on the next book of the series!
Juliette Burton did a very good job!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-26-20

Loved the story

So annoying all these different accents, really made me not want to listen, also completely different voices and accents to the characters in the other two books. Spoilt it for me

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  • Joanne Whitty
  • 05-29-21

Changed voices off putting

Disappointing that the same narrator changed the voices of so many characters from the previous two books.

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  • Susan Gainey
  • 06-11-20

Shame about the narrating

Story excellent but cannot understand why all the character's have totally different accents than in the previous two books,spoilt it a bit for me.

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  • BerylAnn
  • 11-22-21

Why change narrators?

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series and was delighted to download book no 3. But, no comparison. The narration is an abomination!!!! The voices created for the characters in the first readings absolutely fitted. Now, they are farcical and hard to listen to. I see that the next books in the series have the same narrator and I feel I have been thoroughly let down!!! Would give performance a minus if possible.

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  • Cb
  • 08-12-21

the voices used by the reader differed to much

I listened to the first 2 books these where read a lot better. I found the the voices put on the reader seemed to belittle the characters

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  • andrea ainley
  • 08-27-21

Like Selfridges the tv drama

Thoroughly enjoyable with the exception of this narrator. The first two audio books in this series are narrated by the same person. She portrayed Sally Harper as a young London woman with no airs and graces and certainly with an orphanage background not with a clipped accent. So I did not enjoy this audio book as much as this characters voice was akin to Mrs Craven and not down to earth.

As for the story -many twists and turns and I will continue with the whole series as it is thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-27-21

Good story

Another interesting story about the Harpers' girls. I would have given 5 stars had it not been for narrators irritating approach to mseveral of the male voices. Slow and laboured , she made them sound as thick as two short planks.

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  • Tracy Hewett
  • 08-25-21

Halfway through the series and they change the Narrator!

Why do this? I’ve read a review about this which I wholeheartedly agree with. I’d gotten used to the characters and how they sanded. Lo and behold book 3 in the series and it’s someone else doing the reading. It’s a great book series but the change of Narrator has spoilt it for me.

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  • Being objective
  • 10-15-20

Great book but not the right narrator

Rosie’s book was as always a great story. Unfortunately Polly Edsell wasn’t the right narrator. Juliette Burton did a great job and managed the age appropriate voices much more skilfully.
I agree with another reviewer who complained about Rachel, a middle aged character being given the voice of an 18 year old.
At one point all the characters had the same voice. The pauses between sentences weren’t always done at the right time and sentences were cut in 2 . Voice tone was harmonious and easy to listen to but the general capture of the book and its characters wasn’t there. My feeling was that the narrator either hadn’t read the book beforehand or just wasn’t able to relate to the characters.
I hope in her next book if there is one, that Rosie will chose Juliette Burton again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-22

Grating

The reading performance has been the worst I ever encountered. Squeeky Voice for most young people. A mockery. Hurt my ears.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

Enough with the character voices!

The story is a pleasant diversion, although it won't win prizes for being a work of literary genius.

The narrator, however, almost caused me to abandon it. The voices she put on for each character were grating, especially the one with the speech impediment, and the English-Italian window dresser. Just horrible.

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  • Michael W
  • 01-25-22

Great book

Please use Americans to do characters from USA. The British attempt at an American accent does not work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-22

Change of narrator

Why on earth did they change the narrator after 2 books? You get used to tone and accents and dialects and these form an image of the person / people in your imagination.

Now the characters have different dialects it is hard to identify them in the storyline.

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  • Possmajik
  • 12-13-21

Change of cast

This is the third book in the series that I have listened to, unfortunately it was just like all new actors in your favorite soap. Mini had developed a speech impediment, Mr Marco a very strong European accent, Rachel sounded completely different. I know it must be difficult with different accents, but it was such a different listening experience

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-21

Narrator

Why change the narrator mid series? I’ve struggled with the last 2 books & only continuing because the story is so good.