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The Past Audiobook

The Past

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Three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house one last time before it is sold. The house is filled with memories of their shared past, yet beneath the idyllic surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them. Sophisticated and sleek, Roland's new wife arouses his sister's jealousies. Passion erupts where it's least expected, shattering the quiet self-possession of Harriet, the eldest sister. Over the course of this summer holiday, the family's stories and silences intertwine, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican - winds down to its inevitable end.

©2016 Tessa Hadley (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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    "Disappointing"

    There was no plot or climax. Kept waiting for a exciting event to occur & it didn't happen.

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    Diane Matza 02-24-16
    Diane Matza 02-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Chances lost and fulfilled"

    Filled with Hadley's usual astute observations and intelligent insights. There's not much of a plot, so the novel starts slow, but strong character development takes over, with the real interest lying in their self reflections and evolving sensitivities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DM 04-23-16
    DM 04-23-16
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    "Interesting characters"

    Liked some of the characters and parts
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    Natalie Lauder 04-22-16
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    "Slow, but charming English countryside prose."

    Slow and hard to find sympathetic character. But charming nostalgic writing about the English countryside.

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    Michele 04-12-16
    Michele 04-12-16 Member Since 2015

    I am a former teacher. I love reading and I am currently focusing on health and entrepreneurs .

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    "What's with the ending?"

    Excellent on audio, I loved it! This book was a refreshing change from heavier subject matter.

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    Carrie 03-30-16
    Carrie 03-30-16
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    "A mess"

    Beautifully written but the story was a real mess. Strange random threads. And really slow. I kept waiting for something to happen. Not my favorite!

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    VinnysMom 03-03-16
    VinnysMom 03-03-16
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    "Narrator Mistakes!!!!?"

    The narrator read the characters' names wrong several times. I thought I was hearing things so I rewound. Sure enough, instead of Fran kneeling down to speak to Ivy, Ivy knelt down to speak to Ivy. This happened several times. Come on. She would also switch scenes without a pause. Ruined the whole book.

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    joan 02-22-16
    joan 02-22-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Goes nowhere"

    There's not a lot to say about this book cause it's so bland. Parts of the story gets into unnecessary detail for which there is no point, and other parts are left hanging. I finished it thinking there could have been so much more depth and quality to the characters and the past.

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    Miller Reisterstown, MD, United States 02-10-16
    Miller Reisterstown, MD, United States 02-10-16 Member Since 2011

    I am a mother to 4 kids almost all grown. One grandson. I love to listen to books as I drive or when waiting to schlep kids. ;-D

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    I'm sorry to do this but I can't allow anyone else to waste a credit

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    dinalameda 02-05-16
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    "too chatty, too long into book before intrigue"

    British chattiness at its worst. Intrigue doesn't occur until near the end. Ivy is a whinny brat.

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