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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,344 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rose Tremain Narrator: Michael Praed, Clare Wille, Alison Dowling Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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The award-winning Music & Silence is one of Tremain's most popular works. Set in the court of Christian IV of Denmark during the 17th century, it is a beautiful and enduring tale of love, intrigue and betrayal. Part history, part imagination, Music & Silence lyrically evokes the rich tapestry of court life

The obsessions and secret woes of a host of memorable characters are brilliantly realised by Tremain, who deftly weaves together the numerous sub-plots. We encounter a king, tormented by his quest for perfection; the raucous and spoilt Kirsten, raging against the constraints of her queenly situation; and the silently grieving Emilia.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Bonetti | 2/10/2014

    " One of my all-time top books. It kept me engrossed on a long international flight - I wanted the book to go on forever. The psychological complexity of characters made me mean to reread it to savour and digest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/2/2014

    " Pure magic! Meaty in style and characterization! The characters are so alive and real with the villains being so villainous, i didn't wish it to end! You wont regret it ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 12/27/2013

    " True to form, Rose Tremain does it again. Great characterizations and insight into the human soul. What makes us tick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin | 12/24/2013

    " A complex story set at the 17th-century Danish court. About 6 different story lines witness to the varieties of ways to love and imagine worlds outside the limitations of our existing worlds (and the relationship between them). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 12/21/2013

    " Beautiful, subtle historical novel. The period is evoked through character and plot, not description. The kind of novel that gets better and better the more I think about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 12/10/2013

    " Loved this book. Couldn't wait to return to it every evening! The historical setting was also good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/5/2013

    " beautifully written, although a bit frustrating to have all the separate threads of the story to follow...even though they come together satisfactorily at the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/3/2013

    " My husband and I read this book out loud to each other and that might have made it even more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 11/18/2013

    " A little drawn out but I enjoyed the time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 10/13/2013

    " I liked the historical setting of this novel and it's large themes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vicki | 10/10/2013

    " Couldn't get into it - didn't get any further than page 60ish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 9/17/2013

    " One of my favs of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Eich | 9/12/2013

    " Masterfully written, but not perfectly accurate. It is rich in characters that go through a cathartic experience to transmute their fears, hopes and dreams using philosophy, sound and silence. It's not perfect, but it is an awesome tale, and excellently written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginni | 8/4/2013

    " Set in 17th century Denmark in the court of King Christian lV, this is a witty and extravagant tale of the King, his consort and and English musician - love, lust and eccentricity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantal | 3/21/2013

    " Loved this book. Unusual but addictive historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/13/2013

    " This book was a bit hard to follow at first, but once I got into it, I loved it! Our book club gave it mixed reviews. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen & Family | 11/19/2012

    " A wonderfully woven tapestry of differnt lives weaved together. Years later, I still think about these characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivien | 3/29/2012

    " Totally charming and entertaining -- I especially enjoyed King Christian of Denmark and his delightfully loopy estranged wife Kirstin Munk. I did weary of the constant present tense, and some of the musical bits seemed unrealistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennyreadsexcessively | 1/17/2012

    " exquisite historical fiction, numerous storylines encircle the central characters-a lutenist plays at court of Denmark's King Christian IV in 17thC., engrossed by every character, themes of opposites:music/silence light/dark good/evil, loved this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Metcalf | 9/8/2011

    " I did really enjoy this book, although not as much as some of Tremain's others. Its characters are really well drawn, and it is interesting to get a view of a country of which not much has been written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti Freeman | 7/23/2011

    " What a great piece of historical fiction! Very original story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Burnett | 7/2/2011

    " I enjoyed the way the author brought to life the importance of music's ability to heal the soul. Rose Tremain had a very enchanting way of pulling the reader into the character's lives and keeping the intrigue and tension going until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/9/2011

    " This book was a bit hard to follow at first, but once I got into it, I loved it! Our book club gave it mixed reviews. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 3/12/2011

    " Interesting historical novel set in Denmark, it's the story of several characters including King Christian, his wife consort Kristen, lutenist Peter Claire, mysterious Emilia who becomes Kristen's maid-in-waiting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/14/2011

    " Loving this book. Full of interesting characters. Winner of the Whitbread Prize. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/28/2010

    " My husband and I read this book out loud to each other and that might have made it even more enjoyable than it would have been otherwise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 11/6/2010

    " Just arrived from USA through BM. Didn't like it so much, quite boring or I'm not in the right mood to read it now, who knows? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 10/26/2010

    " Took me a while to get into this one, with the short vignettes about many characters, but overall found it compelling and thoughtful, very well written, and even learned some history "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 7/29/2010

    " The narrative was all over the place. Perhaps Tremain pulls everything together at some point, but it's lack of any cohesion made me crazy and I only got about a quarter of it read. A disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennyreadsexcessively | 6/12/2010

    " exquisite historical fiction, numerous storylines encircle the central characters-a lutenist plays at court of Denmark's King Christian IV in 17thC., engrossed by every character, themes of opposites:music/silence light/dark good/evil, loved this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantal | 1/26/2010

    " Loved this book. Unusual but addictive historical fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 1/7/2010

    " Whew. Did NOT like this - so much angst; so little depth to the characters to create this. ok, Got that its a 'inspired' fantansy but about page 100 it was just not worth hanging in there. Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 1/4/2010

    " beautifully written, although a bit frustrating to have all the separate threads of the story to follow...even though they come together satisfactorily at the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/3/2010

    " True to form, Rose Tremain does it again. Great characterizations and insight into the human soul. What makes us tick. "

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About the Author
Author Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Prix Femina Étranger. Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. She lives in Norfolk and London with her husband, biographer Richard Holmes.