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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,802 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanne Harris Narrator: Rula Lenska Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN:
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When the widowed Framboise moves back to the village of Les Laveuses, where she grew up, she is pleased to discover that no-one recognises her. She soon forges a new life for herself there, and before long has established a profitable creperie.

All is going well, until her profiteering nephew realises that money can be made by publishing a collection of Framboise's increasingly popular recipes, left to her by her mother, a woman despised throughout the village. For the book to be a success, her true identity must be revealed, opening the flood gates to a past life and painful childhood memories. 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 Becci | 2/19/2014

    " I'm not sure whether I enjoyed this book or not. It's well written but much darker than I was expecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha☀ | 2/14/2014

    " I plowed through most of Joanne Harris' books after reading Chocolat and this one stands out as a favourite. She portrays fear and poverty during WW11 in small town France and her characters find beauty in simple things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Stewart | 2/10/2014

    " A fabulous story set in a small village on the banks of the Loire. It goes back and forth in time between now and the german occupation. It was not a particularily fast paced novel but so well written I could picture myself there. A story of the relationship between mothers and daughters, secrets and tragedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/9/2014

    " I really liked this book, it drew me in from the first page till the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/9/2014

    " This book is an interesting read. I liked learning about the German Occupation in France during World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeleine | 2/6/2014

    " Harris weaves together past and present, food and life events, wartime occupation and childhood wonder into a story that captures the senses and imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/20/2014

    " Very well written but darker than I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 1/20/2014

    " To my mind this is a far better book than Chocolat. The story is a little slow to start and is indeed quite dark but it is told very well and the writing superb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/17/2014

    " Great historical fiction. Kids perspective. Scary, fun, interesting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Iris | 11/13/2013

    " Tegenvallend t.o.v. Chocolat. Vooral erg saai. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/6/2013

    " This is another book by Joanne Harris. While I enjoyed Chocolat more then Five Quarters of an Orange this is still a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 11/5/2013

    " I read it for a book group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 11/3/2013

    " Beautifully written....it reads like a foreign film with subtitles. Had to really take my time with it, but there is a beautiful texture to the writing. Good story, reminds us about the unintended consequences of choices we make. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Frances | 10/9/2013

    " Another great book by Harris...she truly knows how to use food to enlighten the senses and open your heart. Such a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerrie | 10/5/2013

    " Its a WWII book about living under under German occupation. Its about the choices made and lifelong consquences. It was well written and I liked the characters, but slice of life type books aren't my favorites. I recommend this book for anyone that likes true stories from this era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 9/24/2013

    " Enjoyed this book.Have enjoyed all that I have read of hers but my favourite is still The Lollipop Shoes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meggin | 8/25/2013

    " This was such an intriguing story! Though I would classify it as a bit dark, the story was phenomenal. There was a rape scene, more implied than explicit, but it was there none the less. If not for that and a few cuss words, the book would have received a 5-star rating. I could not put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liesbet | 8/20/2013

    " the best I read from Joan Harris so far and I realy like her books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Contreras | 8/18/2013

    " This book had the beautiful writing style of Chocolat, with characters you want to know. However it had a very dark story line, and taking place during Occupied France in WWII, it was a very sad time to be reading about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/15/2013

    " Another WWII era memoir of children's naivete in the midst of political chaos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 3/13/2013

    " enjoyed thoroughly. at times some of the characters were a bit over the top but overall found it difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreana | 5/24/2012

    " This book swallowed my whole! I was entirely engulfed in it! I adore this book! It has charm, romance, mystery and, adventure! I love it!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 4/14/2012

    " Harris is certainly able to draw the reader into her imagined world through the depth of her descriptions of place, characters, and (of course) food. I found this a compelling read and found myself lost in the book in no time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shea | 3/31/2012

    " This is my favorite Joanne Harris "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabel Roberts-ammon | 2/21/2012

    " Very nicely written. Interesting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erinp | 9/12/2011

    " very interesting book of mental illness, effects of war, etc. i actually enjoyed it to a certain extent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jax | 5/27/2011

    " Amazing. I've read many books about WWII but this was a totally different perspective, and the prose was mouthwatering! The story was heart breaking and I really enjoyed every page. "

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

    " I liked this one, but not as much as Chocolat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 5/16/2011

    " I read this quite a few years ago whilst travelling around Europe, I remember enjoying it but the story-line is a bit fuzzy in my memory so I think i will need to read it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mara | 5/1/2011

    " Beautiful but slow, the story unfolds to the aweful climax, where all secrets and pain are revealed, then climbs back to a place where you can leave the book happy and optimistic about the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 4/21/2011

    " Well written, but a dark story, depressing. What was I expecting? It is about WWII. "

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

    " An intense story set in France during the Nazi occupation. The plot will sweep you away. Beautiful use of symbolism. The writing is sometimes a bit overdone and sometimes poorly edited, but those moments, though surprising, are rare. Often well written with lovely imagery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghann | 4/10/2011

    " This book was very well written. Nonetheless, it was quite sad & depressing- which is why I ended up giving it 3 as opposed to 4. Would've given it 3.5 if I could've! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madalina | 4/8/2011

    " I liked it, because, despite my knowing that it was about two old dudes, the memory thing, the story that intertwined with the present created a dual image. They seemed eternal in a way - their personalities don't age - and it came as close as one can get in a mystery/polar from the spiritual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 4/6/2011

    " We read this book in our book club. I wasn't sure I was going to like it, and at times, I had to make myself keep going through the book. But we ended up having one of our best conversations about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 4/5/2011

    " I really liked this book, it drew me in from the first page till the end. "

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About the Author
Author Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is the author of seven previous novels—Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Sleep, Pale Sister, and Gentlemen & Players; a short story collection, Jigs & Reels; and two cookbook/memoirs, My French Kitchen and The French Market. Half French and half British, she lives in England.

About the Narrator

Rula Lenska, the daughter of a Polish count, has undertaken many national tours, including The Vagina Monologues, An Inspector Calls, and Dangerous to Know. Other stage appearances include Masterpieces, 84 Charing Cross Road, and Pericles. She also played Krystal in EastEnders and has made many guest appearances on television.