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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rose Tremain Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The award-winning Restoration is one of Rose Tremain's most popular works, and showcases her remarkable talent for capturing historical settings and personalities. Set during the English Restoration in the decadent court of King Charles II, the novel weaves a story of corrupted innocence, betrayal, love and hope against a fascinating historical backdrop.

Written in the first person, the fortunes of the fallible but charismatic courtier Robert Merivel are utterly compelling. Restoration lyrically evokes the rich tapestry of 17th-century London life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie Tracy | 2/10/2014

    " When I first started this book I expected that it would be a 5 star review. I really loved the humor and detail of the first half of the story - at times it even had me laughing out loud. I found the character of Merivel to be hilariously self-depricating and his outlook on life made the story incredibly interesting. However, by the time I reached the second half, the book lost about 90% of its appeal. Suddenly, the light-hearted, fun story about the king's fool was replaced by a depressing, dark story of unrequited love, falling from favor, and being surrounded by the mentally ill. I found myself very confused while reading the rest of the book (and skimming parts of it) because it just didn't feel like the same author to me anymore. Overall, I came to actually dislike Merivel at the end because of his inability to love and actually 'grow up.' I thought he was still a child at the end - only now he had much less than he had started with. Maybe the book had a moral to it but if it did it was somewhat lost on me because of the drastic change in style halfway through. I absolutely love Charles II and his court and was really enjoying the description of it at the beginning. If it had been that way throughout the whole book, it certainly would have been a 5 star review. Buy it, try it out, and form your own opinion! You might enjoy the second half more than I did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pauline | 2/9/2014

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/6/2014

    " A cynical view of Charles II era told by an anatomy student, after the civil war and Cromwell government. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julia | 1/30/2014

    " Much better than it really should be given ridiculousness of main character/ plot. "

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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.