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Night Music | [Jojo Moyes]

Night Music

The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.
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The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot.

When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.

But for neighbour Matt McCarthy, the house is revenge - on the family who ruined his father. For his wife it's the key to the perfect family life, while a struggling property developer sees in it a whole new future. As desires clash and intertwine, lives and loves are demolished - and the Spanish House becomes a true folly indeed...

©2008 Jojo Moyes; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd

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    Kelly Gloucester, MA, USA 07-17-13
    Kelly Gloucester, MA, USA 07-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Jojo Moyes is my favorite."
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    Jojo Moyes is my favorite author now. I read one of her books and loved it so I tried another. most of the time I am disappointed in the next book I read by the same author, this time I was pleasantly surprised. So I dared to do it a third time and then a fourth. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them and give them 4 stars each, something I rarely do.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Delah 05-17-13
    Delah 05-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Which came first... the books or the glasses?

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    "I enjoyed this story"

    Night Music hit all the right notes (ha ha). :-) I really enjoyed the story and the narrator was very good. The story is good from the beginning to the end with no boring parts. I'm also glad the author knew when to end the story and did not extend it longer than necessary.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 03-18-14
    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 03-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A good book but not a great book"
    What did you love best about Night Music?

    Picturing the scene where the house was set - the village and characters.


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

    It was ok I think. I listened to this book about 4 weeks ago and I cannot actually remember the ending...so I guess it wasn't very memorable!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Clare Corbett?

    Yes.


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

    Not really, it was a bit predictable. I liked the Byron character, so I think his relationship with the young boy would be the most compelling relationship of the story - therefore a bit moving I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    An easy listen...not overly memorable or anything...but 'nice'.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 08-05-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 08-05-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Hauntingly Beautiful Story of Human, Flawed People"

    I really liked this story of a widow with two children who inherited a huge Spanish house in the country. Isabella, the young widow, whose deep passion for her violin and music, perhaps is too high a priority, has to learn a totally new way of life. But what I appreciated and most loved about the story was the honesty in which it was written. People DO have to go through hardships and work through grief in order to value what is most important in their lives. This isn't a cheap or tawdry tale, although there are some in the small town who make some unfortunate and selfish choices. There are MORE that make better choices and are loyal and end up doing right by their neighbors. The novel is hauntingly beautiful and meets my criteria of having an ending worth the wait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 09-11-14
    karen United States 09-11-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Extremely valuable book!"

    It was thanks to this book that I got all the windows in the house washed -- inside and out -- the garage floor swept and both the linen closet and the sewing room reorganized. I couldn't stop listening -- I had to find some way to justify taking the time to keep listening.

    This was my first exposure to Jojo Moyes -- never heard of her before, never come across any of her books before this one, when I rolled the dice on yet another really great Daily Deal. "Night Music" won't be the last -- except that I expect I'll listen to this one a few more times before I'm finished with it.

    It's funny, I see other reviewers saying that this isn't Moyes best book, which just blows my mind. Can't quite see how any of them could be better than this, but... hey, I'm willing to try.

    Maybe it's just me, but there's something about a battle over a house that attracts me. Another of my favorite books (not the film) is Andre Dubus III's "House of Sand and Fog" which also involves a house everyone wants, and the emotional pull such an embattled dwelling can bring about. "Night Music" is very different from that book -- maybe even better -- but I felt the same compulsion to keep listening until it all got worked out. Of course "Night Music" is really about the people -- the fragile, wounded, too-trusting professional violinist who inherits it, the corrupt builder who pretends to help restore it, but has evil plans of his own, the children caught in the middle of it, the guy who's camping out, unknown, in the boiler room... and the rabbits. Can't forget the rabbits.

    What can I say? Don't miss this one. Your own house will be a whole lot cleaner by the time you finish!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    nadine CAMINO, CALIFORNIA, United States 04-17-14
    nadine CAMINO, CALIFORNIA, United States 04-17-14

    Clever

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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What did you like best about Night Music? What did you like least?

    Well I'm sorry to say this was not to my liking.


    What was most disappointing about Jojo Moyes’s story?

    Too slow at the beginning. I had to listen some of the chapters over just so I could follow it.


    What aspect of Clare Corbett’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator. I had a difficult time understanding her.


    Do you think Night Music needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. This story was all over the map.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll will be more careful to pick my next book. Sorry I wasted my credits.

    13 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    S. G. Schadowsky Arizona 09-22-14
    S. G. Schadowsky Arizona 09-22-14 Member Since 2013

    goodlife guide

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    "Just couldn't get into this one."
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    I'm a dedicated fan of JoJo Moyes, unfortunately I just could not get interested in this book and quit after four chapters. I will continue to read more of her books in the future regardless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda A. Spong 08-29-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Poor Narration"
    What didn’t you like about Clare Corbett’s performance?

    The narrative part of the book was read so quickly it felt very rushed and made it hard to understand. The narrator read very softly so you had to turn up the sound and then once in a while when a character was speaking, she would get louder and sometimes yell. I stopped listening to the book because it was so hard to listen to . Maybe it would be better in a different format


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-23-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-23-14
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    "Good book - perhaps a bit soap-operaish"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I could relate to many of the characters, especially the children. Isabelle and Byron are probably the most relatable of the adults. Clare Corbett did a fantastic performance of this novel.


    Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favorite?

    She did a fantastic portrayal of almost all the characters - the responsible teenager, faithless husband, damaged handiman... even the singing of a little boy. She did a fantastic job, and I can't wait to hear her performance in Moyes' "The Girl you Left Behind."


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this look at country English life. Perhaps a bit more soap-operaish than I normally listen to - all characters seemed to have had or be having affairs - but the house itself symbolizing the rebuilding or deconstruction of families and marriages was a great plot device. I am glad I bought this book on sale - it's a nice light summer read, much lighter than Moyes' "The Ship of Brides" or "Me Before You" - and perhaps as such it was not quite as strong. Clare Corbett's nraration carries this one through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy crowley, TX, United States 05-27-14
    Amy crowley, TX, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I wanted to shake the mom"

    It was a good story... I disliked the mom it took her a long time to GET that she was the adult..... She was a broken person... and far to weak for me to care for.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • k
    lincoln, United Kingdom
    9/20/12
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    "Night Music"

    This is my 4th Jojo Moyes audible book and each one is so different with one thing in common, you have a problem in putting them down. I think this may be my favourite but then again I think that about each book. and I'm about to start my 5th. This is one talented author.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    Malaga, Spain
    2/2/13
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    "Excellent book"

    I couldn't wait to get back into the car to hear the next segment of this book. I would definitely recommend it. The characters are described very well so well you can almost picture each person and each scene. The narrator was by good too. Definitely worth downloading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Roisin
    HOOK, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Hungry for more!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jojo Moyes' descriptive writing is amazing. I loved the description of being out in the woods, I felt like I was there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptive writing.
    Jojo Moyes left me hanging for more, I wanted her to impart Boyd's knowledge of foraging so I could do it for myself.


    Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favourite?

    Kitty was performed well. I didn't like her performances of the two supposed men in their 30's, they struck me as being older and took some of the passion of this story away for me.


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

    Yes definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant book, left me wanting to immerse myself in music and nature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    6/29/13
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    "Quite Good but not brilliant"

    I read this on immediatly after Me Before You, which I had utterley devoured - a difficult bok to follow. I thought Night Music was ok and I did get into to it in the end and quite enjoyed it, but Me Before You will stay with me for a very long time, whereas this one is simply a novel to read and forget. Sorry Jojo

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • stella
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Loved it!"

    Another great jojo moyes book, loved every minute, now I want to move to a small village in the country!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Pa Bennett
    UK
    3/10/13
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    "Enjoyable"

    An enjoyable book. It kept me interested with a satisfying ending. Not as riviting as " You before Me"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Basildon, United Kingdom
    7/16/14
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    "Jojo does it again, excellent story"
    If you could sum up Night Music in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, infuriating, superb


    What other book might you compare Night Music to, and why?

    None....Jojo Moyes is an original.


    What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

    I thoroughly enjoyed it. She interprets the characters so well and the voices she attributes to each one is exactly as you would expect.


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

    Several times when Isabel came through as a totally selfish, useless Mother. I absolutely felt for her teenage daughter and wanted to slap Isabel for being so self-centred...but she came good in the end!


    Any additional comments?

    Every story I read/listen to of Jojo Moyes is totally different. I thoroughly enjoy all of her books and am looking forward to new ones being added to Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gwyneth
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    9/12/13
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    "Different again - what a story teller"
    Would you listen to Night Music again? Why?

    No, i enjoyed it but I've enjoyed other of her books which were more interesting, Me before you for example.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't remember the chapter but the part where the children start to settle in stands out.


    What does Clare Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Can't say really, a good reading voice maybe


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

    No not really, obvioulsly I should have written this review immediately after finishing it instead of two weeks later!


    Any additional comments?

    Nice easy story, didn't take it to bed though so not that gripping !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sherril
    Adeje, Spain
    6/20/13
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable story"

    This story unfolds and captivates the listener! A little slow to start, though once you start this you will become totally involved with the characters. If this were a normal book i could not put it down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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