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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir - A Novel

Jennifer Ryan

"Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely when we need it most!" As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead "carry on singing." Resurrecting themselves as "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir," the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves, and the community, as the war tears through their lives. Told through letters and journals, THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR moves seamlessly from budding romances to village intrigues to heartbreaking matters of life and death. As we come to know the struggles of the charismatic members of this unforgettable outfit-- a timid widow worried over her son at the front; the town beauty drawn to a rakish artist; her younger sister nursing an impossible crush and dabbling in politics she doesn't understand; a young Jewish refugee hiding secrets about her family, and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past-- we come to see how the strength each finds in the choir's collective voice reverberates in her individual life. In turns funny, charming and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel will charm and inspire, illuminating the true spirit of the women on the homefront, in a village of indomitable spirit, at the dawn of a most terrible conflict. This audiobook includes popular versions of classical music sung by women's choirs, including the songs Abide with Me and All Creatures, Ave Maria, and The Lord's My Shepherd Cast of Narrators: Gabrielle Glaister Laura Kirman Imogen Wilde Adjoa Andoh Tom Clegg Mike Grady

"Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely when we need it most!" As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead "carry on singing." Resurrecting themselves as "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir," the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves, and the community, as the war tears through their lives. Told through letters and journals, THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR moves seamlessly from budding romances to village intrigues to heartbreaking matters of life and death. As we come to know the struggles of the charismatic members of this unforgettable outfit-- a timid widow worried over her son at the front; the town beauty drawn to a rakish artist; her younger sister nursing an impossible crush and dabbling in politics she doesn't understand; a young Jewish refugee hiding secrets about her family, and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past-- we come to see how the strength each finds in the choir's collective voice reverberates in her individual life. In turns funny, charming and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel will charm and inspire, illuminating the true spirit of the women on the homefront, in a village of indomitable spirit, at the dawn of a most terrible conflict. This audiobook includes popular versions of classical music sung by women's choirs, including the songs Abide with Me and All Creatures, Ave Maria, and The Lord's My Shepherd Cast of Narrators: Gabrielle Glaister Laura Kirman Imogen Wilde Adjoa Andoh Tom Clegg Mike Grady
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"Just because the men have gone to war, why do we have to close the choir? And precisely when we need it most!" As England enters World War II's dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar's stuffy edict to shutter the church's choir in the absence of men and instead "carry on singing." Resurrecting themselves as "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir," the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves, and the community, as the war tears through their lives. Told through letters and journals, THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR moves seamlessly from budding romances to village intrigues to heartbreaking matters of life and death. As we come to know the struggles of the charismatic members of this unforgettable outfit-- a timid widow worried over her son at the front; the town beauty drawn to a rakish artist; her younger sister nursing an impossible crush and dabbling in politics she doesn't understand; a young Jewish refugee hiding secrets about her family, and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past-- we come to see how the strength each finds in the choir's collective voice reverberates in her individual life. In turns funny, charming and heart-wrenching, this lovingly executed ensemble novel will charm and inspire, illuminating the true spirit of the women on the homefront, in a village of indomitable spirit, at the dawn of a most terrible conflict. This audiobook includes popular versions of classical music sung by women's choirs, including the songs Abide with Me and All Creatures, Ave Maria, and The Lord's My Shepherd Cast of Narrators: Gabrielle Glaister Laura Kirman Imogen Wilde Adjoa Andoh Tom Clegg Mike Grady

Language:

English

Narrators:

Various

Length:

11h 36m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:43


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

00:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

00:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

00:41


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

17:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

22:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

20:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

12:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

15:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

12:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

17:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:36


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

14:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

13:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

12:19


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:32


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

10:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

22:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:46


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

01:32


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

17:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

00:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

10:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

21:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

00:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

01:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

14:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

01:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:54


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

00:38