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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,859 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rose Tremain Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008, The Road Home is the best-selling story of Lev, a middle-aged migrant from Eastern Europe, who moves to London in search of work after losing his wife and job. Lev's London is awash with money, celebrity and complacency. The world Tremain creates is both convincing and poignant. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika Carruth | 2/20/2014

    " I am a Tremain newbie. That was awesome. I felt every minute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bronwyn Mcloughlin | 2/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this story. There have been a lot of books written about eastern european migrants in Britain, and you'd think it has been done to death. But this is a tremendous story that explores how hard it is for some people to scrape a living, to do what's right for the people they leave behind, to try and learn enough and become skilled enough without being exploited, and to get ahead in a land that is not their own. Its a reflection of British society, of love and age, of government bureaucracy and friendship that crosses race and culture, and all so well woven together into an entirely credible tale that both makes you sad, but uplifts as well. None of the characters are strictly beautiful; they are scarred and and faulted like the rest of us, sometimes frustratingly so, but the strength of bonds of friendship and love and literature are so effortlessly, beautifully drawn. A truly enjoyable journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dutchbaby | 2/14/2014

    " I liked this book but I didn't love it. I would give this book three and a half stars if I could. It was a very good account of an immigrant trying to make it in a new land but I thought the last few chapters were quite forced and rushed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this book. Great writing. Now I want to read more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/1/2014

    " This novel about a modern-day immigration experience totally drew me in. I loved the humanity of Tremain's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2014

    " An interesting insight into the life of a Polish economic migrant/immigrant worker who comes to England in an attempt to break out of hopeless poverty in his homeland. Lev is portrayed with great humanity. He is a dignified good man who arrives here at the bottom of the heap working hard and honestly, tolerating prejudice and hostility. From nothing , he seeks to improve himself and his situation, making friends and a better life for himself and his family back home. A sympathetic, non-steriotypical story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/22/2014

    " A great read. The worst thing I can say - a dull title. The best I can say is this is a gorgeous book full of love and characters I feel I know. It's about an Eastern Eurpoean immigrant in London -- but more. It's about loss, work, aging, family, change, racisim, beauty in the English language, and high-end food. Eduardo found it in the recent section at the library. The "also by" page says Rose Tremain has written nine other novels. I can't wait to get to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 1/18/2014

    " This book unfolds slowly and deliberately. If you are in a hurry or looking for a 'quick fix,' you'll give up within a chapter or so. But the writing is magnificent - it pulled me along, enticing me to keep turning the pages - and the characters are so real, I could almost smell them. The main character is a man named Lev, who emigrates to London from Eastern Europe to earn money for his mother and daughter after losing his wife and job in his hometown. His story is laced with grief and tremendous adversity - at times self-generated. His family, friends and enemies are familiar, because they are like so many people, but also exciting and fascinating, because Rose Tremain has done such an exquisite job of describing them through their interactions with Lev. This book gains momentum as you read and culminates beautifully but tinged with sadness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nene | 1/16/2014

    " What a wonderful book. The main character Lev really gets under your skin. I've just finished the book and miss him like an old friend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/9/2014

    " I don't read that many books set in the present, so I enjoyed this modern immigration story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Wright | 12/19/2013

    " Maybe I needed more wine or something. It was, for me, difficult to stay committed to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rho | 12/7/2013

    " This was delightful, funny, sad, beautifully written and thought-provoking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 8/12/2013

    " This was a fantastic book - beautifully written and a compelling and heartwarming story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Pagler | 6/8/2013

    " Wonderful and enlightening. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley | 1/22/2013

    " Bleh ... full reaction on my blog: readwritered.blogspot.com "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/4/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. I liked the character Levi and despite his obvious 'dark' problems, he did have a positive attitude on the whole. He was willing to take the step to look further than his country to find work, and to start from nothing. A feel good book, but with a bit of substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Wilton | 10/12/2012

    " An easy read, written well, but with a predictable ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce Woodcock | 8/1/2012

    " Re-read for MA class and hopefully it will generate more arguments & disagreements: the central character is really problematic & there are big debates about the book's structure as well as Tremain's 'position as author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicky Jones | 1/1/2012

    " Half way through and am enjoying hugely. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 5/23/2011

    " I struggled to like Lev. This has been the Rose Tremain novel I've liked least. I think I missed the historical writing and stories I loved so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 4/14/2011

    " I adored this book. Beautiful, pitch-perfect writing, humour, wonderful characters. A beautiful portrait of an Eastern European's immigration experience in London. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dmje | 4/7/2011

    " My first Tremain. Absolutely loved it - beautifully moving, captivating story. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nene | 4/5/2011

    " What a wonderful book. The main character Lev really gets under your skin. I've just finished the book and miss him like an old friend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flelly | 3/12/2011

    " I think I love Rose Tremain. This was my first of her books and I was so pleased to find that there are many, many more. I hope they are all as good and simple as this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clumsy | 2/27/2011

    " un’autrice che purtroppo in Italia è poco conosciuta (sono stati pubblicati solo dei suoi romanzi storici) che in questa storia di un immigrato dell’Est Europa a Londra rivela tutta la sua bravura: una scrittura straordinaria, classica ma assolutamente ammaliante. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 2/7/2011

    " Ok. Picked up the pace and interest last 1/3 of book. "

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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

Juliet Stevenson is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.