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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Ibbotson Narrator: Emilia Fox Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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When 18-year-old Ellen accepts the post of housekeeper at Hallendorf School of Music, Drama and Dance she wasn't expecting it to be quite so unusual. For deep in the beautiful Austrian countryside, she finds an eccentrically magical world occupied by wild children and even wilder teachers, experimental dancers, and a tortoise on wheels. Ellen is particularly intrigued by the enigmatic, and very handsome, Marek, part-time gardener and fencing teacher.

Life in Hallendorf seems idyllic, but outside Hitler's Reich is already casting its menacing shadow over Europe. Through her growing friendship with Marek, Ellen begins to encounter the dreadful reality of a world on the brink of war. And by the time she has figured out Marek's true identity and his dangerous mission, she is completely in love with him - and equally sure that her love will never be requited. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marinda | 2/17/2014

    " This was okay, but I ended feeling like I had to finish it just because I started it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/16/2014

    " Having now read two of Ibbotson's teen romances, I am beginning to see a trend. Both have featured angelic young women who coo over babies and frolic in meadows and have no personality whatsoever. These young women fall in love with great guys: tough, handsome, intelligent, whom they barely know. Lovely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marisa | 2/10/2014

    " I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 2/6/2014

    " I still like A Countess Below Stairs the best of Ibbotson's books, but this was a fun one. The secondary plot about WWII, Nazis, internment camps, etc. really elevated this to 5 stars for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 1/8/2014

    " Full of quirky characters, this book looks at a part of WWII that isn't normally seen. This is a fun and engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/1/2014

    " Hhhhhhmmmmmmmmm, this author needs to to un-stick her personal replay button and come up with a new plot............. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Hutchison Irion | 12/12/2013

    " Not my favorite of hers. I really liked the characters but felt like one of the main characters drifted from himself too severely at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie Kelleher | 12/10/2013

    " also repetitive "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 10/31/2013

    " Very enjoyable Ibbotson - similar in many ways to the Dragonfly Pool with its alternative boarding school and pending invasion by Hitler's army, but slightly more mature content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayushi | 10/5/2013

    " Pleasant and reminded me a lot of georgette heyer's regency clean old fashioned romances. I really liked it. Made me all nostalgic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 9/7/2013

    " I love this book...and not just because the main character is named Ellen and is fond of goats. It is beautiful and heartwarming in unexpected ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/7/2013

    " This book takes place in Austria before and during WWII. It had beautiful descriptions and made me wish I spoke German. Although it didn't really end badley, the ending disappointed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 4/14/2013

    " Takes place during WW2, but most of the time the characters are not in Nazi territory. Good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey Grotkiewicz | 1/26/2013

    " Wonderfully written! i always cry at the end!! Love it and is a favorite! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/29/2012

    " Started out as a five star and then slowed a bit, but there's a lot of history to cover and I think that was Ibbotson's main goal. This definitely has some of her most fun and quirky characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali | 10/17/2012

    " Not my favorite of this author's, but an interesting story and I liked the parts about pre-war Vienna, especially since the author grew up in Austria in the 1930s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 8/2/2012

    " Very fun so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 6/27/2012

    " A calm, relaxing book that is fully captivating. It shows that true love can be found, even during times of war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 3/19/2012

    " Lovely, dreamy, romantic reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Mcclain | 1/22/2012

    " Set in an Austrian Waldorf school before WWII... Delightful writing, often humorous, despite the Nazi threat and looming war. Ibbotson is able to draw complex yet relate-able characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/25/2011

    " I really liked this story, much more then the other Ibbotson book I've read (Countess Below Stairs). The characters are much more likable and thus I cared a lot more about what was happening to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/10/2011

    " This World War II novel was intriguing and wasn't your typical romance. The characters are unique and the writing style is fresh and interesting. Another great 'summer' read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jumana (keepasecretforme) | 4/20/2011

    " I LOVE all of Eva Ibbotson's works and this is one of my favourites. I loved how it was set in Austria, and the storyline was amazing. The male lead did seem confusing sometimes but it wasn't that bad. I loves this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/24/2011

    " Ibbotson is one of my favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 2/27/2011

    " Romance typically enjoyable offering from Ibbotson. The information about Austria and Czechoslovakia/Bohemia at the beginning of WWII was an added bonus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/25/2011

    " I liked this a lot. A good yarn, the kind where you want true love to conquer all. I read it on a long plane trip and various evenings right before bed and it was perfect. I am a fan of Eva Ibbotson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 2/8/2011

    " Some parts are immmph but ovetr all a good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/2/2011

    " A decent story - nothing really to stand out - again I wish that there could be a lovely romance without the characters having sex before they're married. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maia | 2/2/2011

    " Not her best one. And (HUGE spoiler alert; DO NOT read any farther if you have not read the book) I hate that Ellen gets married to the wrong guy. And then it takes so long for her to find the right one.

    So, while it's not the best, it's really good. Like everything by Eva Ibbotson. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lotolight | 1/19/2011

    " Mi primera novela enteramente romántica. Me hubiese gustado que hablaran más de esa escuela de artes y de sus rarezas en lugar de la aburrida protagonista y su amor irracional. Le faltó mucho, pero muuuucho para ser considerada buena. En fin, es una novela romántica. Bleh. "

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About the Author
Author Eva Ibbotson

Eva Ibbotson (1925–2010) was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have won and been shortlisted for many prizes.

About the Narrator

Emilia Fox has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is an acclaimed and award-winning actress, most notably played the title role in the play Katherine Howard at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and Clara Copperfield in a television movie production of David Copperfield. In 2004 she began playing pathologist Nikki Alexander on the television series Silent Witness. In 2006 she garnered much praise for her role in the independent comedy-drama Cashback.