Brother of the More Famous Jack

Narrated by: Jan Francis
Series: Brother, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bright, stylish Katherine is offered a place to study philosophy by Jacob Goldman. She little expects to find herself in the Goldmans' home, a rambling house in Sussex, while Jacob's untidy but enchanting wife Jane gives birth to their sixth child, little Rosie does headstands, stroppy Jonathan goes off fishing and Roger wins her heart by playing beautiful music on his violin. Katherine and Roger embark on a love affair that ends in tears and she leaves for Rome.

Years later, after much heartache of a different kind, she returns and meets the Goldmans again, who enable her to bury the past and face her own promising future.

©1982 Barbara Trapido (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Carolyn
  • 06-25-09

Briiliant book, brilliant reading

Could listen to Jan Francis read every Trapido novel -she draws us into the life of Katherine and the Goldman family with immediacy, humour and vitality. One family we'd probably all like to meet - particularly father Jacob and mother Jane - their warmth and understanding make life a huge encouraging adventure even in times of despair.

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  • Julia
  • 05-02-19

A wonderfully funny and poignant book

This is the first book by Barbara Trapido I have discovered. I look forward to listening and reading more. Her characters are funny and human and very much of their time.
Jan Francis read it beautifully.

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  • Helen
  • 05-28-09

Brother Of The More Famous Jack

A real treat for all boho liberal intellectuals...loved it.

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  • Linda
  • 08-22-16

Very much enjoyed tho not quite sure why!

This is a story about a girl/women's life in a relatively small time period of mid teens to I assume late 30s - and I think set in the 60's/70's/80's. I found it a little like JB Priestly 's 'Bright Day' (one of my very favourite books) where the main character gets caught up in another family's life. It's well written and exceptionally well read and I have thoroughly enjoyed. I will look to see what else has been done by this author and by reader. 4 rather than 5 stars purely because there was no plot and therefore there is no beginning or ending!

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  • Deborah
  • 05-18-15

Perfect delivery of an enchanting story

I was completely compelled by this book. Its funny, witty, complex, and the characters are beautifully realised. The delivery as an audio book is excellent. The best kind of audio books enhance your enjoyment of the book beyond if you'd read it on the page, and the narration of this does exactly that. Can't believe I'd never heard of this book. It deserves to be known as a classic.

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  • rosalie
  • 04-01-15

Easy Read

Narrator was very good. Story was easy to listen to, but lacked that bit of spark for that added interest.

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  • Wendy
  • 08-16-16

Likeable characters

I loved Jan Francis' reading. She does a lovely job with the voices. It's a life story with likeable characters. Not too formulaic.