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Download At Home with the Templetons Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Monica McInerney Narrator: Ulli Birve Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking - and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so bohemian, unusual... peculiar even.

No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the sweetest of the Templeton children.

In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent book! Loved it loved it - bizarre in the beginning but made sense once you found things out towards the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 2/11/2014

    " II enjoy this author's writing style and I thoroughly liked Gracie however the book was very slow for me to get into and put it down several times before finishing it.It was my least favorite of the six books by this author that I have read. Having said that, I still enjoy and would recommend her books and will buy them when I see them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra Silva | 2/3/2014

    " Interesting writing style. The authors real gift is connecting you to characters and connecting characters to each other. These characters really don't fall flat in any way, they are multidimensional, you get to see them from not only their own vantage point but also that of friends and family,they are relatable, they are humorous, some are introspective, some are not but they are all so viably human that it really draws you into the story and gives you a deep connection with their lives and the storyline. That being said, I think the letters were perhaps not my favorite approach to reconnecting these lives after they displaced from each other. I felt some of that brilliance in writing was lost in the letters, it became extremely long winded and in the final portion of the book it just became almost as a sighing heave. It was too predictable, for such an obvious set of circumstances towards the end we really didn't need so many words to get us to this point. We didn't have to see it from EVERY angle possible, we didn't have to draw that out so much. I think it tired me as an audience member. It made me feel bored with it all. I would have loved it if she would have ended a bit more poignantly and left it to the reader? Perhaps at the bit where Gracie blows the whistle near the water when she goes back, Have Tom come up at her from behind, get to see that real spark and chemistry between those two and then leave it to our juicy imaginations where it went from there? I'm not saying she had to leave loose ends I am just saying that she needed less words and more emotional charge to really bring it all to a close. By the end the emotional charge had run out for me, it got lost somewhere in all of that writing, which was too bad because there were so many connecting moments and I just adored all of these characters, even Henry and Charlotte in their own ways. It was a completely human piece and all that being said, a really great one just to pick up and go with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlies | 1/20/2014

    " One jacket blurb compared author to Maeve Binchy--I can see that, sort of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/17/2014

    " The Templeton family might seem like royalty but they have problems galore, the major one being that they are have no money to speak of. An enjoyable story about mostly likeable people!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Halena Frick | 1/12/2014

    " Good story. Solid characters but the story went on too much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/9/2014

    " This was a really well-written story. Intelligent and heart-warming. Stayed away from cheesy. I cried at moments I pictured my son growing up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/4/2014

    " okay writing style and plot line seemed long and drawn out and at times boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 12/23/2013

    " An unusual family affair filled with drama and flare that both inspires and clutters the imagination with possibilities. It holds a deep inspection of the true meaning of love within every character and the courage it takes to build hopes and dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Crowe | 12/7/2013

    " Another enjoyable book by Monica McInerney, up to her usual high standard, although I must admit that Those Faraday Girls is still my favourite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kath | 12/7/2013

    " I was a bit disappointed with this one. It didn't seem to have the depth of some of her other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 12/1/2013

    " Great book! Fun Read, great characters and story line! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/28/2013

    " I really had a hard time putting this book down. The author did a wonderful job making the characters and Templeton Hall come to life. My only complaint is for the length of the book, some of the characters stories were left unsettled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 11/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed it...although knowing a little about the parts of Victoria and Melbourne in the text did help sway my love of the storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 10/30/2013

    " Really liked it. First book of hers that I've read, but now want to read some of her others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 10/25/2013

    " I quite enjoyed the book, definitely too long winded, but light entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/13/2012

    " It was hard to get into at first, I even quit for awhile. I am so glad I picked it back up, it was a very good book, sweet story. It expanded over many years and I loved watching the characters grow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trixer | 3/10/2012

    " would give a three and a half but took too long to get going and had a very predictable ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 2/26/2012

    " This book was hard to stick with to the finish. I just didn't feel the story and characters. I was hoping for a Maeve Binchy sort of feel, but didn't get it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran Piercey | 11/10/2011

    " I think I've just found a new favourite author. Love how she tells a good tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 10/3/2011

    " Fantastic, I couldn't put this book down. This is the first time I've read anything by this author but it definitely won't be the last. If you like Jodi Picoult books you'll love this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Kling | 9/30/2011

    " I love McInerney. Her stories revolve around her love of Australia and family. This was satisfying, although it did drag a bit in the middle. Another great title of hers is Thr Alphabet Sisters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 9/21/2011

    " Too long but good easy read. Needed some severe editing.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/15/2011

    " Fantastic, I couldn't put this book down. This is the first time I've read anything by this author but it definitely won't be the last. If you like Jodi Picoult books you'll love this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/13/2011

    " I really had a hard time putting this book down. The author did a wonderful job making the characters and Templeton Hall come to life. My only complaint is for the length of the book, some of the characters stories were left unsettled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trixer | 5/8/2011

    " would give a three and a half but took too long to get going and had a very predictable ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 4/22/2011

    " I haven't read many of Monica McIneerney's novels before and really enjoyed this one. The different characters portrayed in the family made an interesting read and plot always kept you guessing.If you enjoy book by Cathy Kelly or Maeve Binchy, give this author a try! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/14/2011

    " I'd give this one 3.5 stars. I love Monica McInerney's books, but this one was a little tough to get into at first. Lots of family drama, a romance, a horrible accident, and a lot of deceit. Overall it was enjoyable, but not my favorite of her books. Worth reading though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/22/2011

    " My first Monica McInerney novel but it won't be my last.
    A story about dysfunctional familiies, neighbors, secrets, and of course love. And it all works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aleasha | 3/20/2011

    " Absolutely loved this one. The main characters were so likeable and full of promise, so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 3/18/2011

    " book 29 of 2011 - aim 133 books for 2011 -- about to start this morning - yay for a new book to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 2/7/2011

    " Got it for my birthday.......reading a few pages when I get a chance......its lovely!
    This was comfort reading - Im sad its finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 1/23/2011

    " An unusual family affair filled with drama and flare that both inspires and clutters the imagination with possibilities. It holds a deep inspection of the true meaning of love within every character and the courage it takes to build hopes and dreams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms_MotorbikeNut | 1/20/2011

    " Even though this book is 500 odd pages long it's a great read about two families & how their lives intertwine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/14/2011

    " So loved this book, took me 4 chapters to get in but by then I was reading it every opportunity I could (even giving the kids toast for dinner so could get back to it) loved the contrast of their live in Australia before the accident compared to after "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 1/12/2011

    " I really enjoyed it...although knowing a little about the parts of Victoria and Melbourne in the text did help sway my love of the storyline. "

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