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A Change of Climate Audiobook

A Change of Climate

Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. But the constant flood of 'good souls and sad cases' welcomed into their home hides the growing crises in their own family. From the violent townships of South Africa to the windswept countryside of Norfolk, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about what happens when trust is broken...
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Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. But the constant flood of 'good souls and sad cases' welcomed into their home hides the growing crises in their own family. From the violent townships of South Africa to the windswept countryside of Norfolk, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about what happens when trust is broken...

©1994 Hilary Mantel (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

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  • linda
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
    Overall
    "A haunting tale acutely observed"

    After thoroughly enjoying both "Wolf Hall" and "Bring up the Bodies" I was impatient for the publication of the promised sequel. In the meantime, I thought I would try Hilary Mantel's other works and started with "A Change in Climate".



    I was not disappointed at all. This novel is as acutely observed as both of her prize winners. Mantel has captured an era and locations exquisitely. This haunting tale unfolds slowly and perfectly as does her insight into her characters and their development. They live on with me and I find myself wondering how they are getting on (daft I know, but this phenomenon often marks the quality of fictional characters who have really lived for me whilst I was reading or, in this case, listening).



    I'm looking forward to meeting and gradually getting to know more people in other Hilary Mantel novels.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "A change of climate"

    When you read the synopsis of this book, you think "Oh we'll, i'll give it a try!

    It turns out as a stunning read so well written by Hilary Mantel and you find that although the synopsis is accurate, it is also simplified. The story comes to a very unexpected end. Read it, it is so good!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs V Anderson
    4/3/15
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    Performance
    Story
    "Addictive!"

    Excellent.
    Narrator superb.
    Talking books on my iPhone has add a whole new dimension to my life and really improved my sleep pattern. Thank you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Karolina
    Cupar, United Kingdom
    8/17/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Takes a While"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was OK.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The African parts when the book finally got to it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less mouth noises in the recording.


    Could you see A Change of Climate being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chrissie
    10/4/15
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    Story
    "Powerful tragedy by a world class author."

    Hilary Mantel's ability to bring characters to life is supreme. Unfolding the tragedies of human existence in a powerful way, this novel spans the awfulness of the years of early apartheid in South Africa, and returns from the vastness of the veld to parochial Norfolk. The people, the countryside, the tussle between love, betrayal, hope and loss are brilliantly explored in a novel I found hard to put down. An unforgettable tale, beautifully narrated and a fitting reading of the work of such a talented author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • HARRIETBELLE
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    6/29/13
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    Performance
    Story
    "Needing concentration!"

    I found it difficult to get into this book for most of the first part. Every time I thought I had the characters worked out I would come back to it after a break and then wonder again what or who it was talking about! I really had to concentrate on every detail!
    However, I am glad I stayed with it because when I got the hang of the flash-backs to Africa from Norfolk and the various family characters of two generations fell into place it was an extremely good story of family secrets and the change these made on the characters as they develop their lives and get older.
    No happy endings and conclusion a little open-ended but personally I would rather have that kind of reality!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blondie
    2/10/16
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    Performance
    Story
    "Wide ranging and engrossing"

    Well plotted, the South African parts were the most vivid. Credible characters and structure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Georgina
    Frome, United Kingdom
    1/24/16
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    Performance
    Story
    "Very slow"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The pace of the first half of the book was so slow that I got bored and broke off listening to it but kept returning as I felt the story could eventually start and be a good book. It could be condensed into half to make it more gripping.


    What other book might you compare A Change of Climate to, and why?

    No idea on this


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Duncan – was your favourite?

    None, they all seemed rather lifeless


    Was A Change of Climate worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I tried several times to listen to this book but it was so slow and the characters had no real appeal that 3/4 of the way through the first half of the book I gave up completely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • franjangle
    UK
    3/22/14
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    Performance
    Story
    "Er...brilliantly written, but did i want to know ?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, couldnt put it down, yet so frustrating that even the breakout didnt make up for it


    If you’ve listened to books by Hilary Mantel before, how does this one compare?

    How did she get from this to the joyous Cromwell


    What didn’t you like about Sandra Duncan’s performance?

    Didnt like the male voice, clipped and gratey may have reflected the story, but enough already!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Depends on the actors


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading but ... Dont know, feel worthy that i got to the end but so well written.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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