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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rose Tremain Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781482980066
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An electrifying novel about disputed territory, sibling love, and devastating revenge. In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Aramon, the owner, is so haunted by his violent past that he’s become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London. When he sets his sights on the Mas, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ms. Tremain has implicated the reader in her potent little horror story, asking us all whether we truly own what we think is ours or whether we only trespass.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A well-executed, intense tale of dark family secrets coming to light in a sunny place.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Tremain is as ambitious as her better known male compatriots. She seems ready to try any form, any style, even any worldview…Trespass will entice American readers to experience the riches and wisdom of Rose Tremain’s large and varied body of work. She is a maestro.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Tremain] turns to the mountains and villages of the Cévennes to bring us a different vision of cultural collision and the experience of the outsider… it is a successful novel, well made and written with a light touch.”

    Guardian (London)

  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 2/20/2014

    " Rose Tremain has become one of my favorite writers. I'm sure this book must have some flaws, but it has some breathtaking moments, such as a description of horse-back riding I want to copy to mail to sister and give to my boss. The third of her books I've read, and loved each one more than the last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noreen | 2/20/2014

    " Received this as a Christmas gift last year and finally had the time to read it this Christmas. She's a wonderful writer. Now curious about her other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anty Harton | 2/19/2014

    " I didn't expect I would like it this much. It's a wonderful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Stamber | 2/18/2014

    " I was introduced to Rose Tremain by a friend a few years ago and this is (I think) the third book I have read, after "The Way I Found Her" and "Sacred Country". Many of the books I read would score a 7/10, including this one, so it's a bit frustrating that I have to choose 3 or 4 stars - there's a big difference between 6/10 and 8/10. Reading reviews of Rose Tremain books makes me thinks that people either "get" her or they don't. I definitely do. I won't go into the plot as no doubt many others have. As far as enjoyment of this book goes, I would place it between "The Way I Found Her" (which is better) and "Sacred Country" (not quite as good). Suffice to say, if you like RT, you'll like this. If you have never tried RT, I would recommend "The Way I Found Her" as a good start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Constance | 1/25/2014

    " Good at character sketches and creating a mood. Not that good at general plot, even though the prose reads very nicely and stays fairly engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sgw | 1/18/2014

    " This was a bit of a disappointment. In fact, I almost gave it up with just a few dozen pages to go. The pacing was... plodding. I thought it would pick up as the denouement arrived, but it didn't. After awhile I found I didn't really care how it all ended and what happened to any of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 1/16/2014

    " I didn't like a single character in this book. I only stuck with it as long as I did because Juliet Stevenson was reading the audiobook, but I ended up getting a print copy and skimming the last half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Howe | 1/16/2014

    " Well written story, evocative landscape and good characters, however, a little predictable towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 1/15/2014

    " 3.5 but not quite 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorrie | 1/2/2014

    " Slow, but some interesting characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/16/2013

    " Trespass is a book about siblings and attachment. Beautifully written and mysterious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 11/12/2013

    " Easy read.Very descriptive of the French countryside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krenner1 | 11/10/2013

    " It's all in the writing.... Yes it's another book based on dysfunctional families, but this one had me from page one. I love this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 10/25/2013

    " Rather a sad story, but beautifully written, as usual, by Rose Tremain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 10/23/2013

    " As usual, so well-written, and touching many truths. I read it very fast, but also was very saddened by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Eshaghy | 8/7/2013

    " Interesting character study and thriller. Would like to read RESTORATION by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/2/2013

    " A story of two dysfunctional sets of siblings, one raised in England, the other in France. One brother is hoping to sell his property to the other brother, but then he mysteriously disappears. Wrapped in shrouded detail, the silent valley comes to life though Rose Tremain's pen. Put it on your list! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget Weller | 4/6/2013

    " Well, the grammar seemed to be correct. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isobel | 2/10/2013

    " So many different meanings of the word 'trespass' are explored here. Excellent characterisation and chilling suspense! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 11/16/2012

    " very dark. Well written but not enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 8/28/2012

    " Started off really slow, then grabbed my attention, was pretty good, and not that predictable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayla Bassham | 2/12/2012

    " Nothing particularly wrong with this, but nothing special about it either. Utterly forgettable. I'm mystified as to how it made it onto the Booker longlist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Metcalf | 7/12/2011

    " Such a well written story. It was full of suspense and mystery, really intriguing, full of loveable, and hateable, characters, and really engaging. I love Tremain! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Cheshire | 6/24/2011

    " A pleasantly dark diversion, with characters who's interactions spark (literally) a lively plot. Comic, scary and satisfying. "

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

    " Overall I enjoyed the book, but I thought it could have ended better. To me, it had one of those endings where someone just walks out of the room and you're left going - WHAT? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 5/20/2011

    " 3 because I finished it and the writing is good (it must be or I would not have finished it), but I did not like it. Picked it up because of Provence setting (actually Central Massif), but the story and the people are too grim. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 5/14/2011

    " This book was okay... A quick, easy read that gets fairly suspenseful at parts. And it paints a nice picture of rural Southern France. But I wasn't overwhelmed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 linda | 4/27/2011

    " Brilliant writer - just discovered her when I picked up and read her short story collection The Darkness of Wallis Simpson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/22/2011

    " Excellent writing and an interesting story but tough to like a book where all of the characters are deeply unlikeable. "

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

    " I was really looking forward to reading this book but ended up slightly disappointed. The plot had potential but the characters were never given the scope to develop and were all slightly weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 3/22/2011

    " A theme of childhood damage and sibling love/hate runs through the book climaxing in a whodunnit. Well written and whilst none of the characters is particularly likeable I did care about them and how they ended up. Well up to her usual standard! "

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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.