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cjddmunro

Glenview, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Red House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The set-up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over.

    Sheryl says: "Great Listen but not for everyone."
    "Beautifully narrated, very touching story"
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    Done partially in a stream-of-consciousness style, including fragments of poems, I initially
    worried that listening to this book was not the greatest way to
    experience it. But it quickly became part of a coherent whole for me
    and I really loved the book. The story of two related families on
    holiday in the Welsh countryside and the permutations of
    their relationships with each other and their own internal struggles is
    done with complexity and great empathy. As with The Curious Incident of the
    Dog in the Nightime, the author has great sympathy for
    all the characters. Terrific narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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