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Behind the Scenes at the Museum

A Novel
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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A deeply moving family story of happiness and heartbreak, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is best-selling author Kate Atkinson's award-winning literary debut.  

National Best seller

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year

Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the 20th century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets. 

Kate Atkinson's first novel is "a multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years" (The New York Times Book Review).

©1995 Kate Atkinson (P)2018 Tantor

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Another Kate Atkinson multi-generational story

An imperfect mother, who was herself the daughter and granddaughter of imperfect mothers who made bad choices- a large functional yet dysfunctional family across two world wars and into the present. The horror of war, particularly WWI, are made clear through many stories. A great book! I highly recommend it!

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Outstanding narration!

I deeply enjoyed this book. Sad, funny, smart. The narrator is so gifted! Highly recommend.

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Easily one of the best I’ve wcer read

Atkinson always delights, and this is no different. Just a wonderful family story about love, relationships and how we develop them.

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Brilliantly written, amazingly read

This work weaves the threads, the waves, the shocks to the fabrics of lifetimes... layered, poetic, lyrical, magical and true. Searing, lyrical, poetic, there is masterful enveloping gorgeousness here. i've not enough breaths or precision of verbiage to express. will read/listen again & again. the audible is beyond phenomenal. Thanks so much for this work 🙏🏼❣️

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A bit choppy

This novel darts around in time which makes for considerable confusion in remembering which family members belong to whom. I loved the reflective prose and even got to appreciate the reader’s accent after a while. As with many novels the last chapter was a hurried tying up of loose ends which detracted from the overall novel’s pace.

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