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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penelope Lively Narrator: Daniel Gerroll, Patricia Kalember Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9781598871838
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Searching through a little-used cupboard at home, TV historian Glyn Peters chances upon a photograph he has never seen. Taken in high summer, many years before, it shows his wife, Kath, holding hands with another man. Glyn’s mind fills with questions. Who was the man? Who took the photograph? Where was it taken? When? Worst of all: had Kath planned for him to find out all along? The Photograph is a literary, psychologically complex novel of suspense that brings acclaimed author Penelope Lively’s talents to a whole new level.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 1/11/2014

    " I loved this one. Something about this story hit me in the gut and left a lasting impression. One of several of Lively's which I would list as favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Astrid Lim | 1/10/2014

    " Another slow read from a British author. Oh well, maybe Brit lit is just not my cup of tea (I prefer their Earl Grey anyway). Actually this book has a good premise. A mysterious photograph found by a husband, opening a very different perspective of his belated wife and her past. I just wish this book is written with faster pace and dynamic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/4/2014

    " Penelope Lively has a wonderful talent for getting to the heart of a story a few elegant words. In The Photograph, a man whose wife has recently died finds a photograph that suggests she had an affair with her sister's husband, and the story spins off from there. Although there are a number of characters involved, and a story that spans years, Lively's precise details and strong character portrayals contain the essence of the plot without rambling or bloating. This book could have been a family drama of epic proportions, or a tale of a husband's obsession, or of a marriage falling apart after 30 years -- and in fact, it's all of those things, but in novella form. It's a compelling story, well-written, and with great characters. I especially recommend the audiobook, which has two narrators. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/3/2014

    " Beautifully written, but in the end doesn't amount to much, felt like a 230 page short story. I guess as a novella it's quite good, but it left me unsatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roussie | 1/3/2014

    " Another Lively novel while I gear up for the next Dickens. She's always intriguing and entertaining in a way that only British authors can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene | 12/30/2013

    " Small but exquisitely written, story of a marriage and what can be seen or perceived in a photograph. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/27/2013

    " I ended up liking this book, but in the beginning I found myself skimming a lot and waiting for it to "get good". I think Penelope Lively is a good writer, but I think this book was very predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pie | 11/21/2013

    " this book makes you think "if that were me, what would I have done" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 11/16/2013

    " When I first started this I didn't know whether I would continue - I so disliked the main character. I'm glad I continued though as I really enjoyed it in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 11/13/2013

    " Good one. Quick read. Interesting way it was written - almost like a series of short stories from the different character's perspectives. Just finished it a week ago and can't remember it though... if that says anything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tami | 11/4/2013

    " I was disappointed by this story. i did not really find the characters believable and there was little i was able to connect with on a very deep level. my expectations were different as it won the booker prize. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeni | 9/10/2013

    " I really liked this one. A photograph is discovered that begins a family mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 3/23/2013

    " The book cover and the summary on the back made me want to read this book. It was underwhelming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tristen | 11/8/2012

    " Sounds good, but it is not I would not recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 5/27/2012

    " I just did not care about this book. Could hardly read even 100 pages. It was our second book club selection. I will say this - we did have a lively discussion on what we DIDN'T like about the book! On to better books I hope! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 4/16/2012

    " I read this a few years back but it has stuck in my mind and it is relevant to me today in relation to my first marriage...an impactful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/23/2012

    " Started out slow, and I had a difficult time getting into it. By the time we got to the first "Oliver" chapter, however, I knew it was a winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 12/31/2011

    " A literary mystery/love story that really works. Draws the reader in from the first page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 12/20/2011

    " I kept thinking something was going to happen and it never did...at least in my opinion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shawna Faye | 10/19/2011

    " I thought this book looked rather interesting, but turns out it is a dud. The story is too loose not to mention the offensive language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 9/17/2011

    " A good character study mixed with a bit of mystery. I liked it, but not quite as well as the first Moon Tiger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 8/14/2011

    " A great book to get a conversation going! Lots of angles and things to think about. Always a hot topic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance | 6/8/2011

    " Glyn finds a photograph of his dead wife and it changes everything for him. As he slowly investigates the implications of the photo, a picture of his wife gradually develops and grows. A thoughtful book about relationships, death, and more. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/21/2011

    " Would definitely recommend this book, although the big secret isn't as big as implied. I really liked Lively's writing and am going to look for more by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristianne | 4/28/2011

    " Quick read, but I loved it. About family, place, memory, and perception. highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Junaida | 4/22/2011

    " slow going, sometimes rambles on - introduced 5 characters in the first few pages, so its difficult to build a connection to the 'players' in the book. Will appeal to those who are familiar with life in England. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Therese | 4/17/2011

    " thought it would be better than it was. can't relate to the mom who lives her life to project a perfect image, and doesn't have the insight to see the facade is not working. All six kids look back on their childhood with completely different memories...that part was the most interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 NaniM | 4/4/2011

    " i take long time to finish this book. and the ending is dissapointing when the family mystery isnt THAT shocking. it turns out, they just a bunch of selfish kids who fail to appreciate their mother sacrifice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carey | 3/18/2011

    " A book in the mould of Annie Tyler et al, beautifully and skillfully written but ultimately pretty boring. The continual shifting of the narrative voice got a bit tiresome and the BIG secret was pretty unimpressive. I find these books about boring middle-class life just that - boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gillian | 2/22/2011

    " An almost fractured narrative trying to find the 'truth' about a family by narration from each member. A lovely concept but executed half-heartedly. Could have been brilliant but is mediocre at best. However an easy and unchallenging read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 2/21/2011

    " Not as interesting as some of her previous novels. The family is eccentric, the parents are sort of absorbed in their own way of doing things. There is a strange secret, but it's not that crazy. The children were not that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/17/2011

    " Fascinating portrait of a large family. Good writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 1/10/2011

    " eh, wasn't all that impressed with the twistedness of her family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 1/10/2011

    " Nice enough, but just too boring. "

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About the Author
Author Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively was born in 1933 in Cairo and spent her childhood there, going to England in the last year of the Second World War. She holds a degree in modern history from Oxford University and is the author of nine novels, three volumes of short stories, and many books for children. Her novel Moon Tiger won the prestigious Booker Prize in England. She lives in North Oxfordshire and London.

About the Narrators

Daniel Gerroll is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and award-winning British actor who has many Broadway productions to his credit. He studied law and philosophy at Nottingham University and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has won an Obie Award for sustained excellence in theater.

Patricia Kathryn Kalember is an American actress best known for her role as Georgiana “Georgie” Reed Whitsig in the NBC drama series, Sisters. Kalember also had the leading roles in a number of television films and co-starred in several feature films including Fletch Lives, Signs, The Company Men, and Limitless, as well as recurring roles in the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.