Saturday, March 7, 2009

Broken Rainbows by Catrin Collier (Audiobook)

During World War II, American soldiers arrive at a small Welsh town for training and billotting while they await battle. Most of the town's menfolk have already been on the battlefield and are long gone. Only the womenfolk remain and provide billotting and companionship to the American soldiers. Love, discord, and turmoil arise from the strange mix of characters.

The narrator, Helen Griffin is a resident of the story's setting of Pontypridd. With its numerous characters, she does a great job of narrating the various vocal tones. But as a Brit, her emulation of an American southern accent can be jarring at times, but the impact is minor and the listener can easily overcome the strangeness.

It is a great novel to listen to with numerous colorful characters and a lovely narration.



schultpe said...

This novel looks (should I say "sounds"?) very interesting). Is it also available in print? As someone fascinated with that period, I would like to read it. WWII buffs might want to check out my novel, The Fuhrer Virus. It is a fictional spy/conspiracy/thriller for adolescent/adult readers and can be found at,, and


Paul Schultz

Ms. Lucy said...

Thanks for this review, Mirella.