Waters is a master storyteller. You do have to listen carefully as there are several characters and the book starts at the end and moves backwards, but if you give it the time, it's a very rewarding tale.
I made it through about six discs...waiting, hoping, longing for this to become more than it was. I wanted it to hook me, but no such thing happen. The author is wonderfully talented, but her decriptions of every thought, every detail, every nuance, every "bit of rubbish" was almost maddening. It was very frustrating to listen to the endless nit-picking dialogue of the main characters. Ordinary life certainly has some interest but not always every single minute thing.
I sent this back early because it just wasn't my style. I felt like I was listening to Tipping the Velvet. I knew it was set in Old England before I rented it, and maybe I should have given it a bit more time. Try it out, but don't expect her to step outside of her box (no pun intended).
I am surprised that the description of this book does not state that at least 4 of the major characters in this book are lesbians. The text is very interesting and detailed on the blitz and England in WWII, however the sexual descriptions are quite graphic. Probably not a book for men.
Sarah Waters is the author of "Tipping the Velvet," a "New York Times" Notable Book, "Affinity," which won her the "Sunday Times" Young Writer of the Year award, and "Fingersmith," which was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize in 2002. Waters was named one of "Granta"'s best British writers under forty in 2003.