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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Celia Rees Narrator: Christopher Cazenove Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9780739346969
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Richard has hung out at the abandoned house in the woods during his summer vacation for as long as he can remember. But this year, he discovers that a family has moved in. The father, J. A. Dalton, is an internationally renowned artist who insists on painting Richard’s portrait, while Dalton’s wife draws the boy into her circle as though he were one of the family’s bohemian adult friends.
But it is their beautiful daughter, Clio, with whom Richard becomes obsessed. Soon he finds ways to spend days–and nights–with Clio, all the while struggling to understand and fit in with her eccentric clan. How can he know that some mysteries are best left unsolved–and that the passions of a single summer will change his life forever? Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Inspiring Rose | 2/16/2014

    " The art,the first leaps of love and the family portraits described all together in a strange but as well, charming way. The author is using great techniques to put us into the house where the main story takes place, while we just keep turning the pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzie | 1/28/2014

    " i liked the end "

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

    " It could've been a little better in terms of plot. The descriptions of the paintings were intriguing, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 1/14/2014

    " Though I like the style that Celia Rees writes in, I did not like this novel much. The main character's point of view was fun to read from, but the plot seemed too "all over the place" for me to fully understand what was going on. I think the subject matter of the plot was not to my liking either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/13/2014

    " This book was nonsensical and magical but I feel in love with the story and the characters. It was all so odd that I couldn't help but be enthralled with the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mariela Silva | 1/6/2014

    " This book was terrible, boring and super slow. The Characters were so freaking weird!!! I could not make it to 100 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raimy | 1/4/2014

    " Probably a 3.5, purely because it's not a book that would be for everyone "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Addy | 12/17/2013

    " Another of my favourite books - along with The Raging Quite it is one of the few books that I have read more than once! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 12/15/2013

    " Having read other books by Celia Rees, I did not find this book fascinating as the others, I was a bit 'bored. Special characters, disorderly lives, suicide ...... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mindi | 11/26/2013

    " I should have read Witch Child instead, but this was what they had at my local branch. This main character is a young man who becomes obsessed with a girl who lives with her hippie parents. Contains some mature content. Most appropriate for upperclassmen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie A. | 11/18/2013

    " A unique introduction & format (I also loved how it was set in the 70s), but more risque and therefore not as compelling as I expect from one of my favorite authors. Decent summer story, though, and some beautifully described scenery. I sort of want it to be made into a film just for the scenery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/14/2013

    " Fascinating, I've read it several times and I'm still not sure I've really got to the heart of the issues explored. Full of art and witchcraft, in an unsettlingly accesible environment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cookie Lopez | 8/26/2013

    " Found this in the YA section, but have to admit that it's def. mature YA. Didn't enjoy the book much, although I was intrigued by the passages presented on the book jacket...just ugh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Journey | 7/13/2013

    " I listened to this on CD (the guy had a great accent). It was riveting, suspenseful in a subtle kind of way. Beautifully written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 3/28/2013

    " Very slow to begin with and a disappointing, anti-climax "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel Philmlee | 12/28/2012

    " Kind of disappointing in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 10/14/2012

    " Sucked me in from the very first page. This book is so beautiful - I know I'll be thinking about the themes and emotions for a long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 10/7/2012

    " It was okay. Kind of dry, not much dialogue...eh... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Staci | 5/17/2012

    " so sad...hated it! especially when I've really enjoyed her other YA novels!! I would say..don't waste your time! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 11/28/2011

    " eh, its okay right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 7/16/2011

    " I absolutely LOVE this book. It's so clever and the detail is so intricate that its completely unputdownable! It's the perfect pick-me-up when you need it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess | 5/1/2011

    " thought this was pretty amazing really "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara Sabbagh | 2/27/2011

    " Still processing and I'm left feeling a little overwhelmed. That's not at all what I expected going in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 2/11/2011

    " La narrazione dell'autrice è piena di suspence e devo ammettere che ho aspettato tutto il tempo una grande rivelazione sulla vera natura di questa famiglia, mentre in realtà il finale è piuttosto piatto.In ogni caso, il romanzo è molto buono se visto come uno stimolante racconto di formazione. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 2/1/2011

    " Kind of disappointing in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cookie | 1/30/2011

    " Found this in the YA section, but have to admit that it's def. mature YA. Didn't enjoy the book much, although I was intrigued by the passages presented on the book jacket...just ugh... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 10/30/2010

    " Sucked me in from the very first page. This book is so beautiful - I know I'll be thinking about the themes and emotions for a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Addy | 10/13/2010

    " Another of my favourite books - along with The Raging Quite it is one of the few books that I have read more than once! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 8/8/2010

    " I absolutely LOVE this book. It's so clever and the detail is so intricate that its completely unputdownable! It's the perfect pick-me-up when you need it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 3/22/2010

    " When I finished this audiobook, I said to myself "So what?" Not that interesting a story.
    Richard falls in love with Cleo. Cleo is the daughter of a famous artist, who has arranged the whole affair to get Richard to be his muse and model. A coming of age story that falls flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mell | 8/17/2009

    " Coming of age novel. Interesting but nothing exceptional about Richard's summer: sexual awakening, jealousy, betrayal, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/22/2009

    " Fascinating, I've read it several times and I'm still not sure I've really got to the heart of the issues explored. Full of art and witchcraft, in an unsettlingly accesible environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CJ | 9/29/2008

    " I would have enjoyed this book even more if there had been illustrations to go with the gallery descriptions. "

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About the Narrator

Christopher Cazenove (1943–2010), one of England’s finest actors, starred on stage and television in the United States and Great Britain. His motion-picture credits include A Knight’s Tale, Eye of the Needle, Children of the Full Moon, and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill. He played Ben Carrington on television’s Dynasty.