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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Mary Grand
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 31 May 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B071J55BH7
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Catching the Light: Four Women, Four Compelling Short Stories Audiobook – Unabridged
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My favourite is the story of Megan, who is deaf. I found her decisions really interesting, and not what I would have expected. I learned a lot about deaf people and how they have their own community. Megan meets a hearing person and their worlds are so different.
The story of Rachel was another interesting one. I don’t own a dog, and have never wanted to either, but the friendships in this story made me want one. It’s not just about dogs though, Rachel has a secret… I won’t spoil it…
The story of Kay is another tale with a secret. It’s really clever how Mary Grand slowly reveals what has happened to Kay in the past.
In the story of Erin, the setting is beautifully described with a hint of magic…
All in all a thoroughly good read and I would highly recommend. All four stories are very different, and all equally enjoyable.
I stumbled upon this little treasure purely by accident one day whilst on Twitter and I'm so glad that I did.
Each story is written in a seemingly simple style but they are all thoroughly engaging and the characters are very easy to relate to.
The New Arrival and Belonging were my favourites. The first is an enchanting story about Rachel who has moved to a new area to escape her past and is trying to remain unnoticed, but when she takes in Lottie, her elderly neighbours spaniel, she finds a whole new world opening up to her.
Belonging is a thought provoking read which tells the story of Megan who is deaf. When she meets John who is hearing they start a relationship and each of them struggle to understand the other's world. I learned a lot about what it means to be deaf and the struggles that people with this condition have to deal with on a day to day basis.
Mary Grand's stories are wonderfully descriptive and it's very clear that she has a fondness for both Wales and the Isle of Wight.
If you enjoy a good short story then I can highly recommend this book.
It is difficult to do justice to this series of short stories without including spoilers which, would be a real shame for prospective readers. Each story is based upon the emotional and psychological experiences of the four different women each story is based upon. Though, fictional, it must be said many women would be able to identify with the protagonists and their plights.
The writing style is deceptively simple because it quickly draws the reader into the tale and engages their emotions without them really noticing until pass the first page or two. These stories could easily be biographical and draw out many experiences some readers will be able to identify with, regrettably not all positive. One story contains an element of what appears to be fantasy but in such a realistic manner as to produce a satisfactory end (the writer of this review, through their own experience, was able to particularly identify with this, one of the more disturbing tales).
This is an enjoyable collection written in an easy style that carries the reader along without effort. Anyone interested in women’s emotions and how they view their, sometimes unenviable, situations will enjoy this book. The extract from the beginning of the author’s novel ‘Free to Be Tegan’, that follows the four short stories, does not disappoint as it shows a different perspective to one young woman’s challenges and certainly wets the readers appetite to read the complete story.
It is a shame more cannot be said without the danger of including spoilers but then these are short stories that may be read easily within one sitting.
The first, The New Arrival, is a sweet story about a woman who is escaping her past developing a bond with a dog, Lottie, a Spaniel, after the dogs owner can't look after her. Based on the Isle of Wight, it was a good read.
Catching the light is a somewhat depressing story about a woman making a bad choice in her marriage. The addition of the supernatural did not really work for me.
Belonging was my favourite story, about a deaf girl who finds love. This story has the potential to be made into a longer, deeper story.
The Outing was interesting and had a clever twist in the end. Again, this has the potential to be extended into more.
Overall, a varied collection of four stories that were an enjoyable free read which I found on the top 100 Amazon free charts.