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Michael is a violinist from Rochdale. He plays in a trio in Vienna with Julia, a pianist, and they are much taken with each other. But the trio splits up and they go their separate ways. One day in London, from the top of a double-decker bus, Michael catches a glimpse of Julia. They eventually meet up, and she tells him that she is contentedly married and has a child. Michael persuades her to visit Vienna and Venice with him. He discovers that Julia has become deaf, though her deafness comes and goes. When Michael reads a letter from Julia to her husband, he realises that Julia is never going to give herself to him.

©2005 Vikram Seth (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • John Eagle
  • 08-12-20

Well...but

I read this many years ago. Listening now, its beautifully constructed, but Michael comes across as an immature spoilt brat which constantly grates. I think Alan Bates has god like status as an actor, but the enunciation is not always very clear and I need it turned well up to avoid missing words.

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  • Victoria
  • 01-05-17

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Outstanding narration by Alan Bates. A quiet slow story - I'm glad it was abridged even though my choice is usually for an unabridged version of any book.

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  • anna
  • 09-08-11

interesting story excellent listen

A well read story, abdridged seamlessly. Occasional background music added to the content of the story rather than intruded. Would definetely recommend this audible book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-21

poetic agony

I read this book when I was young. and possibly immature romantically. the language and the connection to music is nothing short of inspiring. the character is nuanced and no one escapes flaws or shortcomings. incredibly well written story about something deeply troubling and concerning. the music and the poetry are amazing. but I can't help but feel that it's romancing the pains and insecurities of the characters.

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  • Valerie
  • 05-01-20

Good story with music accompaniment

Alan Bates was a very good narrator making the characters come alive and the musical inserts furthered the experience.