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Download The Clothes on Their Backs Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Grant Narrator: Sandra Duncan Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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In a red brick mansion block off the Marylebone Road, Vivien, a sensitive, bookish girl grows up sealed off from both past and present by her timid refugee parents.

Then one morning a glamorous uncle appears, dressed in a mohair suit, with a diamond watch on his wrist and a girl in a leopard-skin hat on his arm. Why is Uncle Sandor so violently unwelcome in her parents' home?

This is a novel about survival - both banal and heroic - and a young woman who discovers the complications, even betrayals, that inevitably accompany the fierce desire to live. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fedbet | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting enough - my first ebook. Easy read, intersting topics themes were recent enough to be able to understand and relate to "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 12/2/2013

    " It was fine, really. I think I was more annoyed with the main character than I should have been, for reasons beyond anyone's control. But she was kind of lame. And I felt cheated when I didn't get to hear more about the side stories, which were the most interesting part. So... eh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnaz | 11/26/2013

    " I couldn't put this book down. Haven't read a page turner like this since "Kite Runner". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/16/2013

    " Not a perfect book, but the main character is compelling - about a time in British/London that I know little to nothing about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 10/30/2013

    " It took a little while to get into the story but when I did it was very interesting. I really enjoyed this bllik. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 10/8/2013

    " A melancholy meander through memories with moments of brilliant bone piercing personal exploration. The uncle is a successfully developed as a charismatic, vital and dynamic. The conclusion was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Pashlin | 10/6/2013

    " I found this post World War II story about a woman, her closed off traumatized parents and her flamboyant uncle a bit depressing. It is London in the years of skinheads, slums, beatings and muggings. I liked the wring of the story but found it a sad, lonely-type book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gena | 9/19/2013

    " Enjoyed the writing style and will read other books by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norma Bush | 9/3/2013

    " Not that good; but like a train wreck, hard to look away from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare Carr | 4/16/2013

    " I just love Linda Grant's writing. The claustrophobia of growing up as the single daughter of timid refugee parents was palpable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth | 2/18/2013

    " I got bored with this book and didn't finish it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 1/10/2013

    " I guess the idea that someone could grow up so clueless about her own family is valid, when its the premise for the book you are writing, but the idea just didn't pan out in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 11/29/2012

    " This book was different - interesting but not a WOW "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/26/2012

    " Interesting story set in contemporary London. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kristine | 7/4/2012

    " Why do I keep getting myself involved with contemporary stories set in England where they use British rhetoric/slang that confuses me? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 3/27/2012

    " I don't think I've read a book so completely off from the description provided on the back cover. Disappointing. But I did feel I wanted to finish it although not exactly sure why....? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 11/23/2011

    " A depressing story, well written enough to keep me reading to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernadette | 10/17/2011

    " good read - got it free from The Times - although the meeting up of uncle and neice was a bit far fetched. Interesting angle on the loves of immigrants and the affect on the upbringing of their child "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riodelmartians | 5/22/2011

    " Very engrossing wish it would slow down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cam | 5/17/2011

    " The story is interesting but has little to do with clothes or fashion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/12/2010

    " I'd give this 3 1/2 stars, it's pretty average with some strong parts. I also really expected more of a Booker nominee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 11/1/2010

    " Interesting story set in contemporary London. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 9/17/2010

    " This kept my interest the whole way through, I found it hard to put down. Sad but satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/23/2010

    " It took a little while to get into the story but when I did it was very interesting. I really enjoyed this bllik. "

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