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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.