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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penelope Lively Narrator: Frances Tomelty Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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When sickness descends on the modern village of Astercote, Peter and Mair Jenkins are caught in an atmosphere of mediaeval superstition.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/21/2011

    " Would definitely recommend this book, although the big secret isn't as big as implied. I really liked Lively's writing and am going to look for more by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristianne | 4/28/2011

    " Quick read, but I loved it. About family, place, memory, and perception. highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Junaida | 4/22/2011

    " slow going, sometimes rambles on - introduced 5 characters in the first few pages, so its difficult to build a connection to the 'players' in the book. Will appeal to those who are familiar with life in England. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Therese | 4/17/2011

    " thought it would be better than it was. can't relate to the mom who lives her life to project a perfect image, and doesn't have the insight to see the facade is not working. All six kids look back on their childhood with completely different memories...that part was the most interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 NaniM | 4/4/2011

    " i take long time to finish this book. and the ending is dissapointing when the family mystery isnt THAT shocking. it turns out, they just a bunch of selfish kids who fail to appreciate their mother sacrifice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carey | 3/18/2011

    " A book in the mould of Annie Tyler et al, beautifully and skillfully written but ultimately pretty boring. The continual shifting of the narrative voice got a bit tiresome and the BIG secret was pretty unimpressive. I find these books about boring middle-class life just that - boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gillian | 2/22/2011

    " An almost fractured narrative trying to find the 'truth' about a family by narration from each member. A lovely concept but executed half-heartedly. Could have been brilliant but is mediocre at best. However an easy and unchallenging read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 2/21/2011

    " Not as interesting as some of her previous novels. The family is eccentric, the parents are sort of absorbed in their own way of doing things. There is a strange secret, but it's not that crazy. The children were not that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/17/2011

    " Fascinating portrait of a large family. Good writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 1/10/2011

    " eh, wasn't all that impressed with the twistedness of her family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 1/10/2011

    " Nice enough, but just too boring. "

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About the Author
Author Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively was born in 1933 in Cairo and spent her childhood there, going to England in the last year of the Second World War. She holds a degree in modern history from Oxford University and is the author of nine novels, three volumes of short stories, and many books for children. Her novel Moon Tiger won the prestigious Booker Prize in England. She lives in North Oxfordshire and London.