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Cider with Rosie | [Laurie Lee]

Cider with Rosie

Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.
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Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.

©1989 Laurie Lee (P)2009 Random House Audio Books

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    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 08-23-14
    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A voice of the past"
    What made the experience of listening to Cider with Rosie the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Laurie Lee read his memoir, Cider With Rosie, is like slipping into the early part of the last century. His voice, and his wide ranging use of metaphor, simile, and extensive vocabulary take one deep into the heart of an isolated Cotswold village, and it's tight knit (incestuous) community. A different time, and looked at from today, one that was far from perfect. Still, it is evocative and a world that is lost; and therefore worth recalling.


    What about Laurie Lee’s performance did you like?

    Hearing LL read his own work is like listening to Eliot read his. A treat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    too long


    Any additional comments?

    Marvelous

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  • Amanda
    Wellington, United Kingdom
    4/11/13
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    "Yawwwwwn!!!"

    For many, many years I've had a great desire to read this book and never quite got around to it. With my new found love of audiobooks I am rapidly catching up on all those books. Unfortunately, this is one of my first big let downs. At the back of my mind I sense it may actually be that the drawling and heavy narration by Laurie Lee himself has let this version down. I purposefully bought this version as i thought narration by the authour would bring something special to the book but he must have narrated his tale a million times and this shows in his tone. I have managed a very sporadic couple of hours but now I have no desire to go back... this version is deleted and gone for good. All is not lost though, I would still like to listen to his story. There are a number of versions for me to preview, next time I will listen out for a younger and more enthused narrator who canbring this classic tale to life for me rather than putting me to sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Robertson
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Wonderful Narration"

    I read this book as a teenager and couldn't decide whether to buy it anew on my Kindle or go for the audio version. In the end I felt to have Laurie Lee read it to me would be a bit special...and it was! I have listened to the opening section of the book may times as it is one of my favourite passages from literature. A wonderful, evocative book brought to life by its author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    20090, Italy
    3/11/14
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    "Interesting peep at the past"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, the narrator.


    Would you recommend Cider with Rosie to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, because of the narrator (even if he is the author).


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes, it certainly could have been. The voice was bored, wheezing breath intake, at time phlegm gurgling sound


    Was Cider with Rosie worth the listening time?

    I could only bear to listen for maximum half an hour at a time, then the voice irritated me


    Any additional comments?

    A more interesting voice would make all the difference. Even my old dad told tales of his youth in early 1900s in a much more interesting way

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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