Our Picnics in the Sun: A Novel Audiobook, by Morag Joss Play Audiobook Sample

Our Picnics in the Sun: A Novel Audiobook

Our Picnics in the Sun: A Novel Audiobook, by Morag Joss Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Rosalyn Landor, Michael Page, Ralph Lister Publisher: Dreamscape Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: December 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781629232522

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Longest Chapter Length:

07:37 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

25 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

04:04 minutes

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Publisher Description

Award-winning author Morag Joss has penned a beautifully rendered, meticulously crafted, and terrifyingly gripping novel of suspense—ideal for the fans of Eowyn Ivey, Ruth Rendell, and Barbara Vine.

For thirty years, Howard and Deborah Morgan have poured all their energy and modest savings into Stoneyridge, a smallholding deep in the English moors. Howard putters with pottery, Deborah dabbles in weaving, and both struggle to tend sheep and chickens and live off the land. But what began with simple dreams of solitude and sunlit picnics in the hills has given way to a harsher reality. 

To help with finances, they decide to turn Stoneyridge into a bed-and-breakfast. But a sudden stroke leaves Howard incapacitated and Deborah overwhelmed. Howard's world, once so limitless, has shrunk to the confines of their crumbling house; Deborah's main joy now comes in the form of a brief weekly email from their successful son, who lives abroad.

Then, late one evening, two men arrive needing a room for the night—and set off a chain of events that uncovers the relics of old tragedies. New wounds are cut deep, and betrayals and cruelties intermix with tenderness and love. And through it all, Stoneyridge quietly hides the bitter and transformative truth.

Evocative, intimately claustrophobic, and psychologically complex, Our Picnics in the Sun is a novel of stunning prose and knife-sharp insight. Morag Joss crafts a modern masterpiece of rising tension that binds and releases like a beating heart, propelling readers to a final page that resonates and haunts.

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"If you're looking for an uplifting read, don't try this! It's dark and sadly believable. This just happens to be my cup of tea! Joss is a terrific writer. I have read several of her other books, and anxiously await something new from this author. "

— Leslie B (5 out of 5 stars)

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About Morag Joss

Morag Joss grew up on the west coast of Scotland. Her first novel, Funeral Music, was nominated for a Dilys Award, and her fourth, Half Broken Things, won the CWA Silver Dagger Award and was adapted for UK national television. Her sixth novel, The Night Following, was nominated for the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Morag Joss lives in Hampshire, England.

About the Narrators

Rosalyn Landor is an English-born television, theater, and multiple-award-winning audiobook narrator. Her television credits include Love in a Cold Climate, Rumpole of the Bailey, Sherlock Holmes, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has won numerous Audie awards and AudioFile magazine Earphones awards.

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice actor, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespeare and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearland 13 Going On 30. He lives in Los Angeles.