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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Trevor Narrator: Terry Donnelly Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2002 ISBN: 9781449814625
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Author of more than a dozen novels, including Felicia’s Journey, Irish author William Trevor is hailed as one of the most extraordinary writers of today. He has a special talent for examining the innermost regions of his characters’ hearts. The Story of Lucy Gault traces the repercussions of a child’s attempt to remain in her beloved home. Threatened with a move from Ireland to England, 9-year-old Lucy runs away, setting off a series of misunderstandings that will eventually touch each inhabitant of her village. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of Trevor’s finest works…Few living writers are capable of such mournful depth as William Trevor, and here he has given us an evensong to time itself.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “The Story of Lucy Gault…once read, will never be forgotten.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Beautifully drawn and revelatory.” 

    Harper’s

  • “Beautiful and devastating…Trevor has once again captured the terrible beauty of Ireland’s fate, and the fate of us all-at the mercy of history, circumstance, and the vicissitudes of time.” 

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “This beautiful, haunting story of love and redemption rings with the resonance of a legend.” 

    Booklist

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A 2002 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/17/2014

    " Interesting, but did not keep my attention as I had hoped it would "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathalie | 2/10/2014

    " Oh my! Reminds me of SILAS MARNER. So sad and brilliant all at the same time. Devastating. "

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

    " I loved this book! Even though nothing much happens, it was still a page turner and so sad and mournful.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/12/2014

    " Sad book about no hope... "

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

    " Beautifully written, very poignant story with great character development and descriptions of Ireland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariane | 12/7/2013

    " some tender moments but not worth the read and not recommended "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 10/20/2013

    " captivating descriptions of people and Irish landscape. A tragic tale of Lucy Gault's choices as a child and how they changed her life, her parents' lives and the lives of those in community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennyreadsexcessively | 10/3/2013

    " so so sad story of a child's impetuous decision that causes tragedy, very slow and quiet and rewarding, recommended for a good cry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Katz | 9/6/2013

    " This is a poignant, touching, and extremely enjoyable book to read, set in Ireland, beginning in the 1920's, and continuing to post-WWII. Each character is portrayed with sensitivity, and the story is a page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 6/30/2013

    " Sure and I'll be slittin my wrists if I read another Irish novel. While lyrically evocative, the massive depression of all of the main characters made this book a chore. Everyone feels guilty for things they've done--not insupportably--but the guilt becomes all they feel and do. Life is too short. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 6/13/2013

    " Yes, it's evocative and at times stunningly beautiful. But my god, brilliantly-evoked tedium can be incredibly ... tedious. Imagine BABETTE'S FEAST without the second-half payoff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garvey | 4/12/2013

    " Absolutely heartbreaking. I don't know what the opposite of serendipity is, an unhappy accident, but this is it. Beautifully written though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 9/14/2012

    " Solid UK fiction - takes a while to get used to the Irish dialect but all in all a solid read. I'm a sucker for quiet, suffering isolation stories thought so I may be biased. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 6/5/2012

    " This is a tear-jerker in the Irish tradition. Have a handkerchief in hand as the book moves gracefully to its conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina Whitlock | 2/16/2012

    " This was almost tragedy for tragedy's sake. Lucy wouldn't marry waiting for her father to return, yet once he returned, she couldn't connect with him. I became frustrated with all the unfulfilled longing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marley | 7/12/2011

    " Wow. What a haunting story. Love, tragedy, guilt, and forgiveness... So sad and beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/10/2011

    " Out of tragedy, characters rise to unexpected grace in this multi-leveled story of the consequences of a single act rippling for decades through the lives of an entire village. Short-listed for the Booker Prize, "The Story of Lucy Gault" is classic literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 3/20/2011

    " This is a tear-jerker in the Irish tradition. Have a handkerchief in hand as the book moves gracefully to its conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/14/2011

    " I much recommend this eerie novel....I already love the short stories of William Trevor. I am pleased that he's a wonderful novelist also. More Trevor please! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/2/2011

    " there were parts i found compelling but i think i preferred love and summer. this is the kind of book that is probably best on audio tape so you can actually hear the irish accent in the characters. i tried to do it in my head but then it just cam off sounding weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 2/21/2011

    " A beautifully written novel about life in Ireland when the English landowners were being harassed by the starving poor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/5/2011

    " Another fine novel by William Trevor although I still think Love and Summer is the superior one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/25/2011

    " I'm not into historical fiction, generally. But The Story of Lucy Gault, set in Ireland, has a certain sweetness to it without being overly romantic or flowery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shana | 1/3/2011

    " I read this book only once and it was magical and disturbing and now, years later, I still am haunted by it. I want to read it again but I am afraid it won't be the same in terms of the magic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toula | 12/7/2010

    " This a quiet and uneventful book, but still quite powerful. It was rather melancholy, but i truly enjoyed it. The prose is incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Klay | 12/6/2010

    " not the most engaging story, but very powerful stuff and incredibly well-written. Trevor handles some pretty ordinary themes with a refreshing approach. I'm not sure I've ready anything this good in a long time. "

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

    " This is the story of a girl that inadvertently gets left behind in her family home in Ireland. It's a great premise, but as the story goes on it gets more sad and more than a little frustrating. "

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About the Author
Author William Trevor

William Trevor is the author of nearly thirty books, including Felicia’s Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a major motion picture. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction, and in 2001 he won the Irish Times Literature Prize for Fiction. Two of his books were chosen by the New York Times as best books of the year, and his short stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1997 he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire. He lives in Devon, England.

About the Narrator

Terry Donnelly is a narrator and an actress who has appeared on television in Law & Order. She is the narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, and her reading of Quentins by Maeve Binchy was a finalist in 2003 for the prestigious Audie Award in the category of Solo Narration – Female. She earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of The Gathering by Anne Enright in which she was praised for “capturing [the author’s] every subtlety.”