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Past Caring Audiobook

Past Caring

Why should distinguished Edwardian Cabinet minister Edwin Straford resign at the height of his career? Why does the woman he loves so suddenly reject him? Why, 70 years later, should people go to such lengths to prevent the truth coming out?
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Publisher's Summary

Why should distinguished Edwardian Cabinet minister Edwin Straford resign at the height of his career? Why does the woman he loves so suddenly reject him? Why, 70 years later, should people go to such lengths to prevent the truth coming out?

©2008 Robert Goddard;

What the Critics Say

"Written in clear, resonant prose, Goddard's first novel, nominated for the Booker prize, is a poised telling of a complex tale....In one sense a historical thriller, and in another a romantic novel of a love affair gone disastrously wrong, this is, in any case, a wonderful read." (Publishers Weekly)
"Psychological drama and intricate plot will entice readers." (Library Journal)

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    E. Simond 07-24-13
    E. Simond 07-24-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Great mystery!"

    I stumbled onto this book by reading reviews of others. I'm so glad I did give it a try. I couldn't put it down and then after finishing I purchased Goddard's "Painting the Darkness" which was just as great. The author keeps you guessing and in suspense. I'm searching now trying to choose another book by Robert Goddard.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 12-12-11
    Judith 12-12-11 Listener Since 2010

    Love a good mystery or thriller.

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    "History mixed with a great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Past Caring the most enjoyable?

    It was a complex story but had so many twists and turns you just had to keep listening.


    What other book might you compare Past Caring to and why?

    I don't think I have heard or read a book quite like this one.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Shelley???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This master story teller is a master at accents and different voices.


    Who was the most memorable character of Past Caring and why?

    My favourite character was the narator, despite his flawed character and bad past.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 07-18-10
    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 07-18-10 Member Since 2013

    Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    This is the third Goddard book I've listened to and I found it to be quite engrossing. The plot has plenty of good twists, some which can be foreseen. However, even when a revelation was expected, I still was eager to see how Goddard would present it. The narrator was excellent. I particularly enjoyed his Churchill. It has been lots of fun and I'm sorry to find I'm in the last hour of listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Smith 07-25-15
    Marie Smith 07-25-15
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    "Try it."

    It turned out to be a very good book. Not my usual--started out rather slow and I was afraid it would be a dull read because of the lack of action. I was wrong--not a lot of action but certainly not dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Goran 02-17-15
    Goran 02-17-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Goddard is a Special Writer"

    This is one of those rare books that will make you wish you haven't read / listened to it just so the pleasure of it would still be in your future. Goddard's prose is highly eloquent. His use of language is simply stunning. The characters have the right amount of depth and complexity while still being possible to relate to them. The story is not very high octane, but it is very gripping. A nearly perfect book in many respects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 01-18-15
    Elizabeth 01-18-15
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    "More like this, please!"
    Where does Past Caring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 books both for story and narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author gives you enough hints to figure out what is going before the protagonist does BUT you never really know what is going to happen next.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Shelley – was your favorite?

    I liked the fact that Paul Shelley wasn't "performing" but just reading the story in a captivating but calm voice that let the story and all the characters shine through. The novel was the star, not Paul Shelley, and that is the mark of a great narrator for me.


    Who was the most memorable character of Past Caring and why?

    Elizabeth, Edwin, and Martin. They were the key characters that made the story real and compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Aside from Dying To Tell, it is my favorite Robert Goddard novel. Paul Shelley is a great reader too! Please give him more narration work! I would listen to a book for his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 03-30-14
    Robin 03-30-14
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    "Interesting premise but slow-moving"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It could have been a lot shorter. The central mystery is presented several times from different viewpoints. I'm not that good at guessing in mysteries but here it was pretty obvious where things were going. I also thought some of the characters weren't very realistic.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Goddard? Why or why not?

    Maybe a shorter one to see if it was more tightly written. I did like the combination of history, politics and mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Shelley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration was quite good, it definitely helped keep me interested.


    Was Past Caring worth the listening time?

    Not all of it. I am a fast reader on paper so I think that would have been a better format where I could have skimmed through parts.


    Any additional comments?

    You have to suspend disbelief that someone would write a memoir with long conversations reproduced verbatim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry UmkomaasSouth Africa 01-15-14
    Barry UmkomaasSouth Africa 01-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A lovely relaxing read"
    Where does Past Caring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Past Caring is a good book with an interesting plot and well woven characters. I enjoyed it !


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 01-14-14
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 01-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "What a storyteller!"

    One of the best moments in Audiobook listening is trying out a new author and feeling you've struck gold, that you'll want to 'mine' their other books before you're done. Robert Goddard was completely new to me and I don't remember how I chose to put this book in my wishlist. But he's a terrific writer and I will definitely read more. I would call his writing style 'leisurely', but it never drags. The plot twists are amazing, but they are consistent with what we know of the characters and life in general. The plot twists are startling, yet plausible at the same time, making it a very good story. It's the kind of book you want to keep listening to for hours, ignoring everything else, including sleep. The narrator was top notch and I would choose him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jane
    Shetland, United Kingdom
    6/24/15
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    "Excellent!"

    A good plot and unusual story with likeable characters and enough pace to keep you listening. The narrator was excellent, a fine tone & good enunciation.

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  • Kevin Viney
    Somerset
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    "Beguiling Intrigue at every turn"
    Would you listen to Past Caring again? Why?

    It is an entrancing novel that holds the readers attention and leaves a lasting impression. When the memory has faded a re-read is more than a possibility.


    What other book might you compare Past Caring to, and why?

    This is classic Robert Goddard and that is a high recommendation.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There were many memorable scenes and the plotting of the novel linked them beautifully


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The best of people and the worst of people unmasked.


    Any additional comments?

    Take the time to read this book. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thimmmmmeh
    Builth Wells, United Kingdom
    5/2/15
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    "Kept me reading"

    Twist and turning plot line, took a bit too long to get to the denouement, plot with girl interest a bit too far fetched. I kept listening to the end though and satisfactorily finished up. Not sure I would read another of his. Guy reading the story was good, I think it was his voice more than anything that kept me listening, brought the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Wells
    4/17/15
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    "Past Caring by Robert Goddard"

    Excellent in every way. Slightly slow building up the story, but once established held attention with many surprising developments. Politics, intrigue, deceit, betrayal and love lasting a lifetime woven together in the search for truth. Many twists along the way. Narration perfect for the story. Seemed to go quickly and was disappointed when it ended.
    Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. D. Smith
    devon UK
    4/1/15
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    "Fantastic"

    Wonderfully gripping story, well-rounded characters and immaculately read by Paul Shelley. Perfection! I would recommend anyone to read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birgitta
    ALDEBURGH, United Kingdom
    1/28/12
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    "A book to be read"

    The plot in this mystery is good and the story is fast moving but the reading dulls the experience. The reader seems to have one voice with a slight odd accent which goes for all the characters, I do with they would pay for multiple readers to read the different roles.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • liz
    United Kingdom
    11/21/11
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    "Past caring"

    What an interesting book. I could not stop listening the whole day.
    I thought my hubby was going to drown my I-pod!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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