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Download The Vet's Daughter Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (226 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Comyns Narrator: Susannah Hawker Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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Alice Rowlands lives with a father glowering 'like a disappointed thunderstorm', a fast-fading mother and a beastly menagerie in a dark house in 1930s Battersea. With her mother's death, life becomes almost intolerable for Alice, whose father treats her as a slave.

Then kind 'Blinkers', the vet's assistant, arranges for her to live with his mother in the country. There, Alice revels in the beauty of nature and falls head over heels for Nicholas, the lovely boy who takes her skating, motoring and smiles at her.

But Nicholas has other fish to fry, and Alice is forced to fall back on a talent for rising above her troubles...

Read by Susannah Harker.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 2/15/2014

    " Beautifully written. So impressed with the first half of this unpleasant, too sad story. It takes a creepy turn, using a device that rather interferes with my personal tastes. But so interesting and uncompromising in other ways. Comyns is the real deal, that's for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/11/2014

    " Gorgeous prose, an original narrative voice, and a truly unique plot twist. Beautiful little gem. A great break from reading The Great Deluge, too, which I may or may not finish...too much death and destruction. But I feel obligated, especially after 300+ pages of it...we'll see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hortense | 1/17/2014

    " levitation, vivisection, sexual abuse, and a stampede. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Beth | 1/16/2014

    " It started out as such an ordinary story, then moved into an unreal situation that seemed like it came out of no where for no other reason than to provide the main character with a fitting death scene. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myfanwy | 12/31/2013

    " Picked this up from the library intending to read it later in the week but once I started reading it, I found I couldn't stop. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 12/28/2013

    " Not the best of the NYRB but enjoyable nonetheless. I think it might honestly have the oddest ending of any book I've ever read. Levitate me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 12/28/2013

    " Quiet, lovely, mysterious. Those are words I would use to describe this book. Unforgettable is another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/24/2013

    " Well written, macabre story of an abused girl with a surprising and unique gift. Nobody writes in quite the quirky, compelling style as Barbara Comyns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 12/14/2013

    " Simple writing, short sentences, very matter of fact story with a dream like bizarre twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 12/12/2013

    " Unique and beautifully written. I read and loved "Who was Changed..." and thought that would be hard act to follow. It was, but this terrific little book by Barbara Comyns comes a close second. I'll be collecting all her books now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/8/2013

    " As always, the publishers, NYRB, know good writing. The sentences are smooth, often strange, interesting. There are problems, though, with the structure of the book. A supernatural element appears very late, the ending is somewhat unsatisfying. Still, a writer worth checking out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 11/21/2013

    " Wierd book. Story was told in the first person. Moved slowly. Very unsatisfying ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlie Flannelly | 11/3/2013

    " A hard one to rate. On the one hand, the writing was lovely, but on the other it was often really unpleasant to read, with all the things the heroine had to go through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whit | 10/13/2013

    " She's got strange powers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jail | 8/10/2013

    " barbara comyns is my new favorite writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Farris | 11/25/2012

    " Fascinating book, one review called it a mix between Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King-- I think I may go more for Flannery O'Connor and Kafka, although less well executed than either. Read it in one sitting, which is rare these days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letterswitch | 5/4/2012

    " What a beautiful, sad, strange and cruel book this is--the story of a levitating girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 3/29/2012

    " not sure how I feel about this one. I enjoyed the writing, but the story itself? meh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ereck | 2/21/2012

    " simply stunning. easy to move through; hard to shake. "

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