Audiobook Review of A Post Office Christmas

Posted on 17th December, 2021

I’m delighted to be involved in Isis Audio’s wonderful The 12 Audiobooks of Christmas blog tour.



Today I am reviewing the audiobook of A Post Office Christmas by Poppy Cooper, narrated by Jess Nesling.


This is the second Post Office Girls book and while it is a wonderful follow-up to the first book, it also reads well as a stand-alone, so all you Christmas-lovers who haven’t read book one, don’t worry – you can still get your Christmas fix!



Let’s start with a few words from Poppy Cooper. She says: “I've loved researching and writing A Post Office Christmas, especially seeing the world through forthright, impulsive Milly's eyes. And my narrator Jess Nesling has come up trumps again, bringing everything to life quite magnificently.”


A Post Office Christmas centres around the life of Milly, a rather headstrong girl, whose strength of character is challenged when she is transferred into a different department and she finds herself tackling feelings of loneliness and isolation. She comes into her own when she becomes involved in the suffragette movement.


Once again, Poppy Cooper has excelled herself in the quality of her research and all the period detail that brings such depth to her writing. The story is filled with nuggets of fascinating information, but they are always there in support of the narrative and are never added just for show.


So the writing is excellent. Now what about the performance of the narrator? All I can say is, whoever cast Jess Nesling knew exactly what they were doing. Her voice is clear, expressive and pleasantly low-pitched, with a natural warmth in which you can at times hear the smile. In her performance she has captured the personaility of each character and given each one their own voice. She also knows exactly when to bring a nicely measured restraint to the narrative, adding gravity to a serious moment. It was a real pleasure to listen to her reading.


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Many thanks to Aimee Marshall at Isis Audio for the invitation to take part in this blog tour.

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