We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The House at Tyneford Audiobook

The House at Tyneford

Regular Price:$22.65
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden upstairs-downstairs romance in a great English country house.

It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever.

A pageturning tale of family, love, loss, and the power of the human spirit set against the perennially popular backdrop of World War II England, Natasha Solomons’ The House at Tyneford is upmarket romantic fiction at its best.

Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter and the internationally bestselling author of Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English and Mr. Rosenblum’s List. She lives with her husband in Dorset, England.

©2011 Natasha Solomons (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Natasha Solomons has written a lovely, atmospheric novel full of charming characters and good, oldfashioned storytelling.” (Kristin Hannah, New York Times best-selling author)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (475 )
5 star
 (171)
4 star
 (160)
3 star
 (102)
2 star
 (32)
1 star
 (10)
Overall
3.9 (423 )
5 star
 (151)
4 star
 (136)
3 star
 (92)
2 star
 (33)
1 star
 (11)
Story
4.1 (418 )
5 star
 (193)
4 star
 (121)
3 star
 (69)
2 star
 (17)
1 star
 (18)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Tina Galli 11-05-15
    Tina Galli 11-05-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A great joy to listen to!"
    Where does The House at Tyneford rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love stories just like this so this would rank in the top 10 probably only falling behine Phillipa Gregory or Ken Follett.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hildegard - I love her she was so funny and realistic and did the best she could.


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

    Justine actually uses inflection of her voice to draw you into the story and to do setting and character changes she does this so well that the reader is instantly enthralled and dying for the next word spoken.


    Who was the most memorable character of The House at Tyneford and why?

    Anna was the most memorable character because she stood out with her sweet vanity and clubhouse singing voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a great book well worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sharon san diego, california, United States 06-21-15
    sharon san diego, california, United States 06-21-15 Member Since 2016

    love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    164
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    208
    123
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Could not stand the Narrator!!!"

    It was hard to get interested in the story because the narrator's voice was so cloying.
    I tried 2 times to listen to this book which was recommended by a friend ...could not get past the voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer 02-21-15
    Jennifer 02-21-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    115
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    437
    137
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Slow moving plot, often tragic and melancholy"

    How can I describe this book... Tragic. Pastoral. The end of an era, and a way of life. It was written as a memoir, decades after the action described, and because of that, and the author's melancholy tone, you could tell that things would not be all right in the small seaside community. There was so much sad foreshadowing hiding in the nostalgic and sad passages, that really nothing that happened came as a surprise, but it all still hurt. It was crushing too see a family torn, a love lost, the centuries of tradition and life brought to a halt...

    The story, in addition to the subdued tone throughout, was pretty slow-paced. Many passages describing the details of the landscape, the many flowers and birds, the architecture and features of the manor house... but even the actual action was often just a smooth mellow flow - with a few breaks of quick successive events, like a sudden rush to haul in mackerel, or the tizzy at the birthday party, or her outburst and sulking with the viola near the end... It was the slow cadence and progression that influenced me to take longer to read it it think. That, and I needed to pause to read something more cheery before bed.

    I liked a few scenes though, which enabled a pause from being so depressed. I was happy whenever Elise/Alice danced. I could not be happy for her and Kit, because I just knew it would not end well. It was clear from the very start, in how she spoke about him in her reflections that that relationship was ill-fated, in several ways, from the start. But he was a fun and easy to love man-boy. I was furious at Lady Diana, the b****. But thank heavens for Molly, spreading a little fun and adventure, a little girl time every so often. Mr. Rivers was a good pillar of strength for her, throughout.

    I can't even imagine how lonely it must have been, to be without your family and everything familiar, thrust into a new world where you don't really fit either upstairs or downstairs... By the way, I don't know what it is about some of the reviews and descriptions I've read, but just because the story and characters happen to encompass both the gentry and servants of a country house does not make it in any way comparable to Downton Abbey. Though, I will admit that the butler did exude a lot of Carsen. But that is the end of character parallels, as far as I was concerned. And, Downton is about the *beginning* of the end of the English country manorhouse way of life... rather, this was the *end* of it.

    **SPOILERS this paragraph**
    I was not at all surprised at the developments with Mr. Rivers... that was foreshadowed from her arrival there. and there were subtle signs as they grew closer after Dunkirk. I can't be outraged or anything by it (as i read of one reviewer who thought it was horrible to marry a. the dead sweetheart's father and b. someone so much older... but in the story, it wasn't something bad.) It seemed almost natural even, that they find happiness with each other, after all they'd been through and been to one another. And I liked the nice bow on the end, reuniting with family at the opera in Vienna.
    **END SPOILERS**

    The narration was beautiful. The foreign and myriad British accents were done well, and Ms. Eyre adapted some of the best male voices I've heard from a female narrator. I remarked not a single dialogue mishap or editing error throughout. She had a way of really pulling you in, so you felt like you were on that cliff overlooking the bay, or in the fields as each detail of flora and fauna were described and marveled at. She was the method by which Solomons cast Tyneford's spell on the reader.

    But regardless, the whole situation and war and events that brought the end of Tyneford were just tragic and I am glad to be done with it so I can find something to read that won't keep me so sad. It was touching, moving, even, but I just don't want to be so depressed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gina M. Bertuccio 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    198
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Book"

    It started off slow but it is worth staying with. Same with the narrator. She took a little getting used to but ultimately did a very good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carol Begeman Cody, Wy United States 06-11-14
    Carol Begeman Cody, Wy United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2011

    Carol 18 quilts

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The House at Tyneford to be better than the print version?

    Very good and quite like the goings on at Downton Abbey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The butler of course


    What three words best describe Justine Eyre’s voice?

    Very English


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

    The government taking over the estate


    Any additional comments?

    would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Here-and-faraway 05-07-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    113
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    153
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    11
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Strong Start, Weak Ending"
    Would you listen to The House at Tyneford again? Why?

    Maybe. The writer does some impressive things with how characters capture memories onto paper. That said, I was very disappointed with the ending.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Natasha Solomons? Why or why not?

    Only if it got really strong reviews. While I think she's a very good storyteller, I was disappointed with the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love how the narrator muses on memories.


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

    I was displeased with the ending. It was well written, but I wish the writer would have chosen to go another route. I think the fact that she foreshadowed what would happen so strongly throughout the novel hurt the book. I kept waiting for a surprise twist at the end and there wasn't one. You can pretty much tell what will happen to the characters within the first half hour of the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    For as much as I disliked the ending, the book did hold my attention and I hated to put it down. The pace of the novel is slow and lyrical, but also mesmerizing. The author is talented. I simply wish that she either would have not given the ending away so early in the book or surprised me. I finished the novel wondering what the point of it all was. Once again, it was entertaining, but the last half hour was painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 03-10-14
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2015

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    128
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    120
    106
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    17
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tragic"

    The story was very depressing and tragic. The author was overly descriptive about every detail. Several times I debated just stopping the book but I did want to know the ending so I skipped a chapter here and there to get to the end. Fortunately, this was a 4.95 special. I would not spend a full credit on this book. I may have like the book better if it had been abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 03-03-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2011

    Westport, CT

    HELPFUL VOTES
    101
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    95
    86
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "OK Read"

    A bit of historical fiction thru the eyes of a Austrian nanny working in an English manner during the pre and early WW2. Not exactly packed with facts about the period, but that can be expected as the protagonist was a very young lady. The author does seem to project female qualities on the the men in the novels, which I have found that this is not a-typical for female authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ann United States 02-20-13
    Ann United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tyneford: A time and place in transition."
    What made the experience of listening to The House at Tyneford the most enjoyable?

    The story makes you care about the charactors. You become part of the household and share in their experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it takes you along with it. It unfolds before your eyes and you live it. Feel it.


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

    I have never heard Justine Eyre before. She is adaquate, but not my favorite. There were times when I thought her "take" on how the charactors would speak was weak. But as I say, she is fine and in no way takes away from the very good stroy line.


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

    It broke my heart at times. There were moments it made me smile and long for a simpler time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like stories about England and English country houses, stories about the war years in Great Britan, or about the courage of people in trying times, you will enjoy this book. I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christine United States 11-05-12
    Christine United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Predictable"
    What would have made The House at Tyneford better?

    A less predictable story line.


    What was most disappointing about Natasha Solomons’s story?

    It bordered on cheap Romance novel


    What aspect of Justine Eyre’s performance would you have changed?

    Naration was the best part of the book, so I wouldn't change anything.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The House at Tyneford?

    I would have cut at least half. It was long and therefore became boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the book based on the narrator. I would not buy another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.