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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: August 2009 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Julia | 1/30/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.P.B. Stevens | 1/30/2014

    " This is one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking works of historical fiction that I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Paull | 1/29/2014

    " She is a genius! She writes circles around her supposed equals ... not to mention names but... Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan could learn a thing or two about writing from her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/15/2014

    " Read this after hearing Rose Tremain talking at the Wimbledon Bookfest. Loved the main character, Merivel, from the first description. A flawed yet likeable character at the time of the restoration of Charles II. He loves 2 people in his life: the king & his Quaker friend Pearce. The book is essentially in 2 parts dealing with each of those great loves & the consequences thereof. Looking forward to reading Merivel about his later life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 1/15/2014

    " I like historical novels, but this one was pretty loosely based on the era of Charles II. The idea of self discovery and finding purpose in life was too too today. The ending was also pretty flat. The prose reads beautifully but as a whole, the book was pretty ho-hum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Wands | 1/15/2014

    " They butchered the film but I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anya | 11/9/2013

    " Such detail into the workings of 17th century society, yet ridiculously funny. A very enjoying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 10/23/2013

    " What a delightful book.. I will be looking for more Rose Tremaine books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 10/9/2013

    " Protagonist is completely loathesome but the book itself is splendid and highly entertaining - not least in the main characters continuous misfortunes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/26/2013

    " Hmmmm. I really wanted to like this. I tried really hard. It lasted me for ages and quite frankly, I'm not sure it was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 6/2/2013

    " Not the sort of book I'd usually read (historical fiction) but it was recommended to me. I learned a lot about the late 17th century. Merrivel was painted sympathetically despite all his faults and I like the way he became aware of them through his dealings with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 2/22/2013

    " I bought this after seeing the movie. I enjoyed the book - it is a quick and easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 2/3/2013

    " Loved her writing style and the amazing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aveline | 1/2/2013

    " vaguely good romp through Charles II, historically accurte but fictitious plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marge | 4/6/2012

    " Although this was very well written and had a wonderful story with a good ending, I just couldn't get into 16th century England. Another person might find it fascinating... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/6/2012

    " This is one of Rose Tremain's best novels, her ability to create colour, scenery and emotion is brilliant. The film of this is also good, and it was quite pleasant to imagine Robert Downey Jr as I was reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/30/2012

    " Selfish manipulating pigs exist in all centuries. This is a well written portrait of one of them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 9/17/2011

    " Loved it - except, possibly the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/11/2011

    " Enchanting. Completely captivated. An historical novel, 17th century. The writing is wonderful and the characters engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 4/26/2011

    " I started by disliking the protagonist, which makes reading difficult with a first person narrative, but gradually became more sympathetic to him as his journey mellows him and he loses his obsession with the king. A vivid picture of a fascinating period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/6/2011

    " I love this book. One of the best historical novels ever. It's funny and sad and suspenseful. Brilliant characterization. Can't recommend this book too highly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meena | 1/13/2011

    " Wolf Hall it is not but yet shortlisted for a Booker nonetheless. Needless to say, it didn't win. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/3/2011

    " Loved it - except, possibly the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 12/13/2010

    " A beautiful first half, magical prose and a great lead character. Sadly i started to drift in the second half and really struggled to finish it. It might have been me, I still rate Tremain very highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/6/2010

    " A fairly good book about Restoration England, about a ne'er-do-well doctor and his redemption through the king's court, a young madwoman, the Plague and the fire of London. Good read, but the movie is even better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joshuakaitlyn | 7/28/2010

    " Although it was a quick read, (at least for me), and I did feel as though I was in the seventeenth century, the book lacked something! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marge | 7/26/2010

    " Although this was very well written and had a wonderful story with a good ending, I just couldn't get into 16th century England. Another person might find it fascinating... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Parkerspammy | 2/10/2010

    " I like historical novels, but this one was pretty loosely based on the era of Charles II. The idea of self discovery and finding purpose in life was too too today. The ending was also pretty flat. The prose reads beautifully but as a whole, the book was pretty ho-hum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanie | 1/2/2010

    " My pick for the book club. My second reading and I enjoyed it again just as much. Nice writing and an engaging story. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Rupert Degas can be heard reading numerous audiobooks, including the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, and his narrations have won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also lent his voice to numerous cartoons, including Mr Bean, Robotboy, Bob the Builder and has performed in more than thirty radio productions, including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.