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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (973 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penelope Lively Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Consequences is a love-story-times-three that opens on the eve of the Second World War, with a chance meeting in St. James's Park, London. Wholly in love, Lorna and Matt leave the city for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together is shattered when the war begins and by Matt's tragic death in action. Twenty years later, their daughter, Molly, happens upon a forgotten newspaper-a seemingly small moment that leads to her first job and, eventually, a pregnancy by a wealthy man who wants to marry her but whom she does not love. But it is her own daughter, Ruth, who begins the journey that will take her back to 1941-and a redefinition of herself and of love. Told in Lively's incomparable prose, Consequences is a powerful story of growth, death, and rebirth and a study of the previous century-its major and minor events, its shaping of public consciousness, and its changing of lives. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • [Lively's] characters are beguiling, and her blend of romance and stinging social commentary is tonic. Booklist Starred Review
  • “A joyous ever-widening dance. At its center shimmers the idea of resiliency, of the continuity of humankind as embodied in one family.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A fine novel: intricate, heartbreaking, and redemptive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The magical, passionate story of Lorna and Matt may be the most captivating, but readers will no doubt be moved by the tales of all three generations.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa Wagner | 2/20/2014

    " This book was an 'OK' read for me. Very easy to get through (2 days). I like how Penolope Lively worked in the three generations and history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christine | 2/5/2014

    " In general, I really enjoy reading about wartime Britain, but I just didn't find this book that interesting. A bit disappointing because it was reviewed very highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alethea | 1/30/2014

    " Destiny? Kismet? Just plain old chance? Lively explores the evolution of life choices through three generations of women in this very touching, pensive novel. With each generation building upon the "non-traditional" family shared by Lorna (grandma), Molly (mom) and Ruth (granddaughter), I thought Lively's subtle commentary on we can create family and what makes family a very interesting subtext spanning time from WWII to the 21st century. I really enjoyed her focus on the thoughts of each woman - rather than focusing on actions alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 1/26/2014

    " A young couple fall in love and leave for a cottage far from London, only to have their lives tragically interrupted by WWII. This is a good read. Read it slowly and savor the ambience and the modern questions that arise from the past. "

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