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Iris and Ruby | [Rosie Thomas]

Iris and Ruby

A story of love, loss, and the distance between three generations of one family, this novel centres on Iris and Ruby, a grandmother and her granddaughter, as they try and make sense of their respective lives.
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Publisher's Summary

A story of love, loss, and the distance between three generations of one family, this novel centres on Iris and Ruby, a grandmother and her granddaughter, as they try and make sense of their respective lives.

©2007 Rosie Thomas; (P)BBC Audiobooks LTD

What the Critics Say

"Thomas can write with ravishing sensuality." (The Times)
"Rosie Thomas is both a subtle and realistic author and her portrait of Iris is never less than absorbing." (Daily Mail)

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    "Tender, heart-felt and beautifully narrated"

    A beautifully written novel with deep understanding of the characters involved and of human nature. The straddling of two eras was well executed. I truly enjoyed the narration which made the story come to life!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 03-02-13
    Deb West Pennant Hills, Australia 03-02-13

    Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life.

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    "LONG LONG AND LONG"
    Would you listen to Iris and Ruby again? Why?

    No, I wouldn't listen again. I found this book very long and it didn't go anywhere. I am struggling to finish the 2nd part.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Maybe I won't get there


    What about Rula Lenska’s performance did you like?

    I like Rula's reading but in this book I found it inconsistent. Ruby was part London Goth and part Toffee Tart


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Have yet to get there.


    Any additional comments?

    I like stories that take me away and this book put me to sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Al MunichGermany 03-13-13
    Al MunichGermany 03-13-13

    I most enjoy listening to contemporary fiction with well-developed characters.

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    "Slow-moving"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not. To be honest, I only got through the first half. The characters did not draw me in emotionally. Iris's lover was distanced and lacked warmth, so that the affair did not really seem that genuine to me. The story dragged. I am not one to give up early on a book but after the first half I asked myself "do I care what happens to these characters?" The answer was "no."


    What aspect of Rula Lenska’s performance would you have changed?

    Her voice was good for the character of Iris, the grandmother. But it didn't fit with Ruby's character-it sounded too old and scratchy. And the way she did male voices (especially those of Egyptian characters) got on my nerves... Bad accents and somehow the men came off sounding simple-minded.


    Was Iris and Ruby worth the listening time?

    Not for me.


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  • Simon
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    8/19/11
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    "Shifts in time"

    This audiobook got me through a week in Disneyland Paris with 2 teenagers - great to have something distracting! It was beautifully read by Rula Lenska. The story flitted very well between the two generations and made me want to escape from Paris to Cairo. The war time scenes were particularly well done and I wondered what stories my mother might tell of her own experiences at that time to her granddaughters. Well worth a listen.

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  • Caroline
    Sherborne, England
    5/16/11
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    "Such a lovely story"

    Well read, easy to follow, a really lovely story of age and adolescence, of endless love, of war and loss, against a background of the streets of Cairo, now and during WWII. Well worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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