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4.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 5 4.05 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Corbett Narrator: Charlotte Strevens Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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Castles in the Air is a beautifully written, autobiographical story of rescuing an ancient mansion. Gwydir Castle was inhabited by ravers and rats until Judy Corbett and her husband Peter Welford found and acquired this 500-year-old house mouldering in the foothills of Snowdonia. Despite the toads, strange smells and squatters, they decided to mortgage themselves to the hilt to bring the castle back to life.

This is an evocatively written and genuinely moving book and is infused with an extraordinary sense of place. The couple's adventures in a gothic wonderland lead them through plots both supernatural and historical. In a museum storeroom in a Bronx warehouse they find a missing room, in the castle's Solar Tower the ghost of a young woman appears and from the far edges of the woods a silent man called Sven emerges to befriend the couple and their beloved castle.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/6/2014

    " Castles in the Air satisfies the fantasy of reviving and renovating an old house, or in this case, a Welsh castle. Think Peter Mayle and Frances Mayes, but with ghosts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora Hardy | 1/2/2014

    " Read this as an audiobook. Very enjoyable and lots of fun for people who've also attempted home rescue projects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/16/2013

    " I was so sorry to see this book end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Beatty-Hoffman | 12/10/2013

    " Excellent and inspiring! couldn't put it down! Wishing there was more... Highly recommend!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ragazza | 10/7/2013

    " Admired their dedication,tired me out just reading the book !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Davis-craig | 9/28/2013

    " A charming book about the restoration of Gwydir Castle in Wales. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 9/19/2013

    " an amazing story; of course, it probably helped that I was staying in the castle while reading the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 8/30/2013

    " Always uplifting to hear the story of someone who pursued a dream against all reason and somehow made it work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 7/7/2013

    " Such fun! It's very self-explanatory so I don't need to tell you what's in it. Highly recommended for nerds like me, who enjoy English (well, Welsh) history. And castles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K | 4/19/2013

    " I thought this was a little slow on occasions and sometimes read like a brochure for the castle, but it was interesting nevertheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 4/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I foumd it humourous and enjoyable throughout. Although this is not the type of book I normally read I was glad that i picked it up. I read the entire book in virtually one sittimg which us practically unheard of for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 11/24/2012

    " This is a fun book about a dedicated couple in their twenties who purchase an old Welsh castle and run into lots of challenges restoring and preserving it. The couple is still at the home and it is a bed and breakfast and wedding venue near Mt. snowden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Ferry | 7/8/2012

    " Entertaining read about restoring an old manor house in Wales. Really enjoyed the author's writing. Hoping she publishes more!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 6/4/2012

    " Wales "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 4/30/2012

    " This is a very out of the ordinary book for me as it is non-fiction. A young couples trials and tribulation as they buy and reapair/restore a crumbling castle. Very entertaining and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Davison | 4/8/2012

    " I really loved the picture painted by this book of the achievements of these two! Been to the "castle" (not quite a castle) and it's gorgeous and thoroughly worth a stay; go for the Kings room, much better and worth the little extra cost ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Adde | 2/20/2012

    " Could not wait for this to come out - an amazing memoir! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leila | 1/22/2012

    " I loved this book! It was well written and I didn't want to put it down. In fact, I didn't want the story to end and was sad when I read the last page. I want to read more of Judy and Peter's adventures with Gwydir Castle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phair | 12/2/2011

    " Fun non-fiction account of rehabbing a crumbling country estate. The "castle" sounds so lovely I would love to stay there. Did not record in my journal if there were photos in the book but I did note that the website did not have as much info or pics as I'd like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 8/30/2011

    " Wow some people are just such an inspiration........ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 7/23/2011

    " My friend stayed at this castle and bought the book while in Wales - great story and the personality of the writer shone through the telling of the adventure. "

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