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The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me Audio Download – Unabridged

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Sally is an incredible singer but she'd rather join a nudist colony than sing in public. That is until she ventures to New York where a wild summer of love and loss changes her forever.

Sally returns home to London, but as she's about to embark on her new life, a beautiful man turns up on Sally's doorstep. Does he hold the truth to what happened in New York? And, with him back on the scene, will she still have the courage to step into the spotlight?

©2014 Lucy Robinson (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 15 hours and 24 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio
  • Release Date: 17 July 2014
  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to be honest right from the beginning and say I LOVED The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me. My review just won’t be able to do the story justice …

Firstly, the format was great. If you read my reviews you will know how much I enjoy a timeline that goes back to the past and then present time, allowing the reader to know just enough to be curious to find out how our characters arrived at the position they’re in now. Robinson titles the chapter with ‘scenes’ and ‘acts’ in keeping with opera which I thought gave it that added extra!

So … the story begins with an overture. It’s the day before Sally starts her post-grad opera diploma. The visitor at her front door is intriguing – who is he and what happened in New York?

Act One Scene One gives the reader background on her Sally’s childhood and sets the scene for her love of opera (and her fear!).

As the story builds and connects in both timelines, I was fascinated watching Sally’s operatic journey just as much as her romantic life. I thought she was a fabulous lead. The reader really gets to feel her fear about singing, identify with her mothering instincts towards Fiona as well as feel indignant about J!

While I’m talking about characters I just have to say I ADORED Jan Borsos. He is so vibrant. His energy and zest for life literally bounces off the pages … refreshingly too that Sally’s relationship with him worked even while J was there in the background. The first time she stays with him is hilarious!

The underlying theme of the opera and the training drew me in. It’s obvious that Robinson has researched and at the end of the story in my proof copy, we find out the hard work she put into the research.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Sally Howlett's life began on a council estate in the Midlands; with her parents, brother Dennis and her cousin Fiona, who had come to live with them after the tragic death of her mother. Sally and Fiona were inseparable and were like sisters. Sally's parents didn't like drawing attention to themselves and she grew up with a secret, she could sing, really sing proper grown up opera, but only in her wardrobe.
Years later, they are grown up, both working at the Royal Opera House, Sally a deputy wardrobe mistress and Fiona a ballet dancer. Sally made friends with Barry, a principal dancer with biceps like tiny rocks and the best Welsh accent she had ever heard, and Beatriz Maria Stefanini a supervisor in the makeup and wigs department.
Bea secured Sally a job on the Royal Ballet's summer tour. The Rite of Spring, six weeks touring the east coast of America starting in New York at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Twelve months later a handsome man is at Sally's door clutching a note, why?
Sally stands in the reception area of the Royal College of Music and meets a Hungarian opera student named Jan Borsos, Violet and Helen and her tutor Brian, Sally has a promise to fulfil.
I was lucky to receive this from the before publication for a honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book-Shelf on 18 Jun. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A book with a different story to tell. Instead of a heroine who is just out of love or in a dark place, we have one who loves Opera and sing. Not a huge problem unless your mom & dad like to hide and be unnoticed. However Sally has her cousin/sister to encourage her and get her into the stage world as a wardrobe mistress.

The book is absolutely hilarious and with Lucy being the author we can all see ourselves in the book. Her use of language is fabulous and some of the words she uses bring back fond memories.
Some of the book is a hard subject to touch on, but Lucy does it with the right amount of care and delicacy to not offend but clearly set the scene.

Descriptions in the book have just fueled my desire to hit New York even more, not due to the usual places but to the places you don't hear about so much. As well as Tiffany's and the usual haunts, Lucy has added a few bonus place i need to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Welsh Annie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm coming to it a little late, but I really loved this book. Sally was my best friend within the first few pages - I felt her fear and uncertainty, and wanted to be there in the wardrobe with her. The structure is really clever - broken up into acts and scenes, to-ing and fro-ing between Sally's childhood, the traumatic time in New York and the present day. It's a wonderful sweeping love story that has you on the edge of your seat, just hoping that things will work out as you want them to.

But the love story isn't all of it - the book has a hard and realistic edge, dealing with some major and traumatic issues. Again though, the author has that wonderful humour that runs through the whole book - a scene that has you in tears, will be followed by one that has you laughing out loud. And as for the characters - they're wonderful. I loved the exuberant Jan Borsos, as I expect most people did - but I also adored Sally's flatmate from Barry Island, and grew particularly fond of Julian's mother and (unexpectedly) of Sally's own family. And, while I'm no keener on opera really than I am on horses (I read this after The Day We Disappeared), the research really brought the whole world of opera to life.

So, my verdict on Lucy Robinson's books? If you enjoy a good story that takes you somewhere you really don't expect to go, characters you'll believe in and love, writing that makes you laugh but sometimes changes into something that tears your heart apart, then please try her books. I haven't enjoyed a weekend this much in ages.

My thanks to netgalley and publishers Penguin for my copies of both books.
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