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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (803 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Flora Thompson Narrator: Olivia Hallinan Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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In the rural hamlet of Lark Rise and the market town of Candleford, life is marked by the pattern of the seasons and the customs of the countryside. Seen through the eyes of a young girl, Laura - based on Flora Thompson herself - 'Lark Rise to Candleford' portrays May Day celebrations and forgotten children's games, friends and relations, rivalries and lasting friendships.

Full of gaiety and freshness of observation, this semi-autobiographical account is an endearing portrayal of a vanished way of life and a lost corner of England. 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 Kelsey | 2/19/2014

    " It reads like an assignment from English history. Interesting, but slow if you're looking for more story. I read the first part of the trilogy and enjoyed the details on Lark Rise hamlet living. However, it's time for me to move on to other books. Perhaps I'll finish this in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rich | 2/4/2014

    " An enchanting view into peasant life during the 19th century in England, the book is written with attention to detail, dialogue, and vivid descriptions of the life of farmers, masons, gentry, clery, teachers, mothers and children in the country villages. I expected the book to be like the PSB shows with that same title, but it was more descriptive and historical than narrative. However, it is beautifully written and has been a joy to read. Flora Thompson seems to have a photograph memory of her childhood and of life in England in her hamlet and shares her fascinating memories with her readers. I am grateful she did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 2/3/2014

    " Sweet book. Amazing that the tv writers got so many stories from between the lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting glimpse into life in an English village at the end of the 19th century. I was hoping to get more of Laura's story, though - especially the first two parts were mainly just general descriptions of living conditions, habits, etc., so it got a bit long-winded at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmelle | 1/21/2014

    " Mmm, so if I was on a desert island with nothing to do except read this trilogy i really do think I would have enjoyed it. As it were, however, it was too slow, too long, and not character driven enough for me to finish. I'll save it for the desert island.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Win | 1/15/2014

    " This charming book about the late 1800's in England is very slow reading. But, probably that is the way life was then. As the introduction says, "Flora Thompson's account of life in rural Oxfordshire in the last decades of the nineteenth century portrays an entire culture still governed by the rising and setting of the sun. But, the old cyclical rhythyms are begining to break up." I loved the PBS series and that gave more life to the characters in the book for me. The book is to be savored and thought given to our great grandparents who lived at that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean Walker | 1/12/2014

    " It's taken two weeks of train rides to read this, and I'm going to miss Laura so much now I've finished. A sweet, nostalgic view of a girlhood that is surprisingly modern-feeling despite the fact it was first published in 1945. It struck me just how many changes have happened in the period following the 1880s - horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and motor cars all followed each other with what must have seemed alarming speed for someone of Laura's generation. When I started reading Laura/Flora was just a character in a memoir but by the time I finished she'd become a welcome companion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/5/2014

    " Read by the woman who played Laura in the TV series, which I already had watched. A lovely little trip back in time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/3/2014

    " I read the illustrated version which is beautiful. I see that PBS is showing it as a series and I haven't caught an episode yet. It captures a time period and shows a way of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/21/2013

    " Was hoping I would like this even better than the bbc series but no. It was interesting but it didn't keep my attention very long. I think I just really like the tv series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 11/8/2013

    " I think I want to read this at some time, but it's not working for me right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Hoffmann | 9/27/2013

    " This is a detailed look at life in England in 1880-1900. It explains the peoples attitudes about class and education. Lovely pictures and paintings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/23/2013

    " A quaint picture of life in Oxfordshire through the eyes of a young girl in the 1880's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 1/10/2013

    " A lengthy book with little "action" and no "plot"--and I was completely charmed. Flora Thompson writes without sentimentality, paints such clear pictures of her people, and brings the village and countryside to such life. Absolutely a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 8/25/2012

    " Very interesting autobiographical work ... not a "story" in the traditional sense, but full of glimpses into a world gone by. Enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 8/22/2012

    " I am just starting to read this English classic. Any thoughts? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 8/11/2011

    " I wanted more of those golden nuggets of truth that the writers of the TV series put in the show, but I did enjoy the glimpse into life in the 'nineties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 4/30/2011

    " Really enjoyed the book which details the life and social customs in hamlet in England 1880 - 1890s. Interesting to see how the tv series on PBS has taken from the book and what expanded on and how well it depicted stories in the book. Makes me understand some of the series better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emma | 4/20/2011

    " Yikes, I love folklore and traditional culture but this was written so pedantically and so boring that I couldn't work through the whole 537 pages of it. It looked better on screen and done by the BBC "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 2/10/2011

    " Fabulous flowery language like you find in books like Emma and the witty, but dry humor you find in Pride and Prejudice. I am only about 1/5th of the way Turku the trilogy, but I love this book already. "

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

    " Loved it, as I watched the BBC series at the same time. period fiction is fascinating as it is a glimpse into social history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 11/21/2010

    " Charming read ... wonderful setting and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 7/20/2010

    " British woman at Barnes and Noble said this was required reading when she was in school.
    Expect to love every chapter! "

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