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Mariana Audiobook

Mariana

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Publisher's Summary

Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there.

The locals are warm and welcoming, especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall. Yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia....

©2010 Susanna Kearsley (P)2010 Oakhill Publishing

What the Critics Say

"An intense and gripping novel that is almost impossible to put down. The reader would be well advised to seek out a comfortable chair to experience an exceptional read." (The Winnipeg Free Press)

What Members Say

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    Colleen Oshawa, ON, Canada 04-25-12
    Colleen Oshawa, ON, Canada 04-25-12
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    "By far my favorite romance writer"

    I am never disappointed by Susanna Kearsley. Her writing is superb! There is always some mystery woven into the romance. With an ending to make any Jane Austin Lover swoon.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 03-16-15
    Nancy 03-16-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific read"
    Would you listen to Mariana again? Why?

    I very much enjoyed this book. The story was well written, the plot was interesting and the characters had depth and personality.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 02-23-12
    Ray Rockhampton, Australia 02-23-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!

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    "I was hooked when I heard the Narrator's voice!"

    Although purchasing the Book originally for my Wife, I decided to have a break from my usual Seafaring & Crime Audiobooks.
    Well! What a surprise this one turned out to be!
    Carolyn Bonnyman's intimate reading style made me feel that she was sitting opposite me over a cup of coffee and telling me this tale in an almost whispered voice!
    Her ability to enhance the somewhat eerie setting just with her voice was quite captivating.
    Although I would not normally have selected such a Book for myself, I am so glad I did!

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Claire 10-13-11
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    "Didn't see that coming!"

    When I first started listening to this book I struggled with the constant changes in time, but as the book progressed and I relaxed into the story I revelled in all the twists and turns. Mariana is a book that you can't multi-task with - it demands full concentration - a lapse of a few minutes will leave you wondering just what happened and how you missed it. It is a book that needs to be read a couple of times to fully understand and appreciate its underlying intricacies. The narration of the book is excellent and flows easily around each character.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Moller Brooklyn, NY 12-18-14
    Susan Moller Brooklyn, NY 12-18-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Not your typical time travel"
    If you could sum up Mariana in three words, what would they be?

    creative, romantic, satisying


    What does Carolyn Bonnyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Carolyn Bonnyman's voice is magical. So gentle and intimate, with great accents. She doesn't over-do character voice changes - makes it all so seemless.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie 04-18-14
    Cherie 04-18-14
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    "Love love loved it!"
    Where does Mariana rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the best. Absolutely loved this book


    What other book might you compare Mariana to and why?

    I've nothing to compare it with so if you have any recommendations???


    What about Carolyn Bonnyman’s performance did you like?

    Beautiful reader, great voices and well emoted


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I could feel all of the emotions - so well presented


    Any additional comments?

    The ending took me completely by surprise, I had to listen to it again.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What about Jeff"

    I don't know what to think overall. At the end I was a little sad and confused. I feel a very important person in the story was left unexplained. However overall the book accomplished what I'm looking for whenever I read ... to totally take me to a different place for a while and left missing the characters as if I know them when the book is done.
    As for the reader I don't feel she gave enough inflection in her voice to totally convince me of who the characters were.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    NancyQ-C 04-04-15
    NancyQ-C 04-04-15

    Nancy

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    "A Susanna Kearsley masterpiece"
    Where does Mariana rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although I consider SK the finest author of this decade, the narration did not compliment this fantastic story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mariana?

    The entire book


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator seemed to mumble at times. I know she was trying to sound etheral but I would rather be able to understand the words. She does not have the voice or range to play the various characters, esp male.


    If you could rename Mariana, what would you call it?

    Mariana


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 04-11-15
    Sharon 04-11-15 Member Since 2011

    I live for books. Audible makes my drives through LA traffic a pleasure.

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    "Beautiful tale"

    I loved this book and Thea narrator. I will admit that at first, I struggled with the narrator. I stop listening and went to another book. But because I have recently become a fan of Susanna Kearsley, I thought I would give it another try and I am so happy that I did.

    This story was a beautifully written, with well developed characters and a very good plot. You must pay attention as nearly every sentence is important to the story. It is a complex tale. After my first listen, I listened again the next day.

    This story makes you wonder, it pulls at your heart. Carolyn Bonnyman actually turns out to be a very good choice to tell us this story. She does not narrated, she actually tells us a remarkable tale.

    Now, I need to go buy another Kearsley novel. Mariana left me totally fulfilled, but wanting yet mor Kearsley.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-19-15
    Karen 02-19-15
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    "Wonderful escape"

    I particularly enjoyed this book becauseit was narrated beautifully and was a gentle way to relax to a story that took me back in time. I often don't get teary in books but it was difficult not to feel compassion for the characters in this book

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Deirdre
    Newtownards, United Kingdom
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    "Interesting time-slip tale"

    Julia Becket moves to the country from London, and finds her perfect home in the shape of Greywethers a 17th century cottage.

    Right from the start we get the sense that the house chose Julia rather than the other way round, and soon Julia realizes all is not quite as it seems. She starts having strange experiences seemingly transported back to the past and into the life of a woman called Mariana.

    I quite enjoyed this story, and liked the characters and gentle love story. However I only gave it three stars, This is primarily because of the narrator, Carolyn Bonnyman. I found her voice too monotone, and lacking emotion, especially when there was a lot of dialogue. When different characters were speaking there wasn't enough difference made between them and this could be a bit confusing, as in a pub scene when there were four people all having a conversation together.

    I still enjoyed it though and found the story entertaining, with enough mystery about it to keep me interested.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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    "Marianna"

    This audo book was really great, Susanna Kearsley is one of my favourtite authors and to listen to it being read was so much more atmospheric, it was as if i was actually there. I recommend this book, you will not be dissapointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • sdk
    1/11/16
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    "Very surprising ending"
    If you could sum up Mariana in three words, what would they be?

    surprising, romantic, beautiful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mariana?

    the end


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

    Yes. Wonderful to listen to, events happening at the moment and in a long past. With a very special ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Well narrated. A great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/2/15
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    "lovely"

    narrative just right. story lovely even after reading the book. Rearly recommend
    will be listening again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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