• Wartime Blues for the Harpers Girls

  • Welcome to Harpers Emporium, Book 5
  • By: Rosie Clarke
  • Narrated by: Polly Edsell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Friendship, tears, laughter and enduring love help the Harpers girls survive....

London 1917

As the Americans enter the war, there is renewed energy in the war effort. 

With husbands and sons fighting for freedom, the women of Harpers are left to tackle the day-to-day affairs at home and work.

With Ben Harper away, Sally fears she is being followed by a mysterious woman. Who is she, and what does she want?

Maggie Gibbs collapses seriously ill in the frontline hospitals and is brought back to England close to death. Can she be saved, and what does the future hold for her and her broken heart? 

Marion Jackson’s father is on the run from the police already wanted for murder. She fears he will return to threaten his family once more. And Beth Burrows is pregnant with her second child, worried and anxious for her husband, Jack, who has been many months at sea.

As Christmas 1917 approaches, what will the future hold for Harpers, its girls and their men at war?

©2021 Rosie Clarke (P)2021 Boldwood Books Ltd

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Excellent story, atrocious narration

This installment fills in many story lines and is a great story. BUT the narrator with the exaggerated accents and whiny, childish voices ruins the book. One character was given a ridiculous lisp and "Jenny's voice" is obnoxiously nasal.
If you can get past the bad narration, it's a good book.

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  • JB
  • 09-17-21

Great continuation of the Harper’s girls story

I loved books 1&2 in this series and was so hooked I wanted to hear the rest. For once I wish I had ready books 3-5 rather than listened because the great story was ruined by the atrocious narrator, they changed narrators in book 3, which was a shame.. It is testament to how much I enjoyed the previous books that I persevered with the dreadful narration. The awful accents, the lack of flow and the fact the narrator put the emphasis on the wrong words in each sentence made it less about enjoying and getting lost in the story and more about trying to hear the story despite her dreadful performance. I hope there is another book in the series but if Polly Edsall narrates it, I will get the paperback instead of the audiobook!!

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  • Bunty
  • 11-23-21

Worst narrator EVER.

Awful narration Ruined this series for me, impossible to listen to, can it be recorded again by a professional narrator?
I’ve bought roughly 2000 books from you since 2014 and never heard anything as bad as this! Does no one check these things?

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  • Joanne
  • 11-15-21

Awful narration

Enjoying the story even though the cockney girl Sally who had no parents talks like the queen 😤
Narrator is dreadful, can we clone Annie Aldington so she can narrate all books.
Love the saga but absolutely hate the narration

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  • Joy Williams
  • 01-21-22

Love the book hate the narration

I absolutely love this series, but the enjoyment is spoilt by the narration. Bring back Juliette Burton who read books 1 and 2. The characters changed in 3 onwards. Sally changed from working class to upper class and some of the voices are so high pitch it just spoils the story. There are a lot of characters with the same voices, so listening it becomes very difficult, if you lose where you are in the story. I don't feel as if this has been checked and given attention to detail. I'm not sure I can endure with book 6 on audible. Just plain awful narration, and yet narrators own voice is just lovely..

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  • Kathleen
  • 01-19-22

enjoyed it very much.

I'm hoping this is not going to be the last one, I feel there is so much left to tell us.
I've listened to all of the books over the last 3 weeks,enjoying them all, though it was strange how Sally in the first couple of books was a Londoner , then all of a sudden she was very posh, 😆

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  • Llyn
  • 12-17-21

Polly Edsell

Polly Edsell reads beautifully when she uses her own accent but when she does the Cockney accent she makes the people sound stupid. Sadie sounds heavy & slow & so do some of the men & in the previous books Maggie isn't cockney & in these subsequent books Rachel has such a high pitched voice.

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  • Susan Sutton
  • 12-02-21

Disappointed

Couldn’t wait to hear this after enjoying Harpers Girls
so much. Unfortunately it as a different reader and the voices were so different I couldn’t tell one from another, unlike Harpers Girls who were very different from each other and far more down to earth. At one point I almost gave up listening.

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  • Alison
  • 11-21-21

Is this the last book ?

I have in enjoyed the books Harper’s girls, Harper’s hero’s , this one . Am I missing any ? I feel there should be another one

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  • Fiona
  • 07-16-21

Awful narration

I’ve listened to most of the Harper’s books but was so disappointed this time. As usual the story was fantastic. I love everything from Rosie Clarke but this was spoilt by the narration. It was terrible, stilted and seemed as though the narrator had problems reading some of the words. The ‘posh’ accents weren’t right at all and the whole thing grated on my nerves. I very nearly gave up but really wanted to hear how it ended. I’ve never been so glad for a book to end. That’s not like me at all I love my audiobooks with a passion. It’s not like me to write a bad review. The book is wonderful but was spoilt by the narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-13-22

Spoilt by narrator

Another excellent story by Rosie Clarke spoilt by this dreadful narrator. She is fine when using her own voice but when she tries voicing the characters she is terrible. The narrator for the first book was excellent such a shame they changed from her.