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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Gale Narrator: Sandra Duncan, Ed Stoppard Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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When 40-something Laura Lewis is obliged to abandon a life of stylish independence in Paris to care for her elderly mother it seems all romantic opportunities have gone up in smoke.

Then she runs into Ben, the great love of her student days - and, as she only now dares admit, the emotional touchstone against which she has judged every man since. Are they brave enough to take a second chance at the lasting happiness fate has offered them?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isobel | 2/18/2014

    " Patrick Gale is something of a find for me. This book was given to my 16yr old daughter by her similarly aged boyfriend. Having both read the book the reason why still remains a mystery! Caroline found the book 'strange' but I thoroughly enjoyed the characterisation, intricate detail and the social issues raised. Ian McEwan springs to mind. The plot encompassed in the framework of a summers day (not necessarily the same one) embellished by memories worked brilliantly. I would have preferred a happy ending. Off to look for some more Patrick Gale later today! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia Harris | 1/28/2014

    " If you like 'Notes from an 'Exhibition', you will like this. If you loved and felt totally passionate about 'Notes from an Exhibition', you may feel a bit let down by this. Persevere. Read it again. It is deceptively simple, like 'Nocturnes' by Ishiguro. 'The Whole Day Through' is a fine book, subtle and rounded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgina | 1/19/2014

    " Not a patch on 'Notes From An Exhibition' but still an engaging read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne Charles | 1/18/2014

    " It just goes to show you can't judge a book by its cover. Looking at the front of this one, I would have probably thought....hmm, safe, middle-class, something the Women's Institute would approve of.....I certainly wouldn't have expected it to broach the subject of pubic lice over muesli and chopped banana (which of course it did). Gale's excellent 'Notes from an Exhibition' is one of my fave books of all time, and a hard act to follow - not surprisingly this fell a bit short. The idea of setting the story over a single day was interesting but I felt it crowded the narrative a bit, and it was sometimes hard to work out whether events described were happening in the past or the present. I didn't think the characters were as well drawn, either. On the other hand I thought the ending was handled really well, and the 'twist' was well thought out. I would stil go on to read all his others, he's such a good writer "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 11/18/2013

    " quite good - i like patrick gale but I don't think this is the best of his "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 11/18/2013

    " so completely disappointing - Patrrick - what happened? : ( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 11/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this - until the very abrupt ending...it felt as though the author had run out of steam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 9/29/2013

    " I was disappointed. No happy ending. Otherwise quite delightful. Gale has a tenderness and sympathy for his characters which is quite beguiling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ceri | 6/5/2013

    " Very good. Patrick Gale can make lots of different characters believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Bramley | 3/5/2013

    " Excellent book. Well written and with a nice twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma Long | 2/20/2013

    " Quick read. Nice story but didn`t really have an ending, left me wondering what happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/20/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this as it was a nice gentle read and made me think about how people's live can be turned upside down by events that take over them and family responsibilities.The characters were observed in detail and this is the draw of the book as in reality not a lot happens as a story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 9/16/2012

    " Disappointed as I didn't believe in or care about any of the characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E A M Harris | 9/4/2012

    " It took me a while to get into and see the point, but after the first few chapters I really enjoyed it. It's a straight relationship story, very insightful and with empathetic characters and realistic problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 3/12/2012

    " I love Patrick Gale's writing. I managed to read this one whilst on a week-long break in New York so it had a lot of competition for my attention! It's a wonderful premise to write a whole story around just one day. The characters are excellent (as always) and the story-line bittersweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy Bradshaw | 2/28/2012

    " A June day through the eyes of two people. Simple premise, but once again, so much more. I read this in one June day, appropriately enough! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/19/2012

    " Another book of Mr Gale's I could not put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roselle | 1/18/2012

    " Lovely book. Gorgeous descriptions of Winchester too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hariklia Heristanidis | 10/30/2011

    " Seeing him at Melbourne Writers Festival tomorrow!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn Hewetson | 9/21/2011

    " Patrick Gale is such a find. I love his stories, his characters, his locations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doreen | 6/19/2011

    " Slighter than some of his others. The last chapter was like a punch in the stomach "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheena | 6/7/2011

    " The first book I finished on holiday in Ruswarp sitting at the wooden table and watching the rowing boats on the River Esk pass by outside the patio window with a nice cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 5/22/2011

    " Quick read. Nice story but didn`t really have an ending, left me wondering what happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgina | 10/14/2010

    " Not a patch on 'Notes From An Exhibition' but still an engaging read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/29/2010

    " I love Patrick Gale - his books sweep you along and the characters jump off the page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/6/2010

    " Disappointed as I didn't believe in or care about any of the characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheena | 1/3/2010

    " The first book I finished on holiday in Ruswarp sitting at the wooden table and watching the rowing boats on the River Esk pass by outside the patio window with a nice cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 11/22/2009

    " I love Patrick Gale's writing. I managed to read this one whilst on a week-long break in New York so it had a lot of competition for my attention! It's a wonderful premise to write a whole story around just one day. The characters are excellent (as always) and the story-line bittersweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 11/2/2009

    " A June day through the eyes of two people. Simple premise, but once again, so much more. I read this in one June day, appropriately enough! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nigel | 7/20/2009

    " An effortless, but intelligent and poignant read full of sympathetic characters facing emotional dilemmas. Gale is a practiced storyteller and really makes us feel the angst of his characters as they struggle for a chance at redemption. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 6/10/2009

    " Was disappointed by the ending, I wanted more. Bit Ian McEwan like. "

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About the Author

Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester before going to Oxford University. He now lives on a farm near Land’s End. One of England’s best-loved novelists, his works include A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through, and the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes from an Exhibition.