Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, with the intention of renovating and reselling it....
England, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss....
In 1708, a fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel....
If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother's violent act? Piecing together Clara's fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices....
An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden upstairs-downstairs romance in a great English country house....
My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship....
It's 1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery....
A compelling tale of two women separated by a century who discover long-buried secrets in an Australian manor house....
Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter....
1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden's flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive....
When Laura Truitt first sees the dilapidated plantation house, she's overcome by a sense of familiarity. Inside, the owner claims to have been waiting for years and offers an old photograph....
Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family....
England, 1937. In the village of Blacknowle on the Dorset coast, 14-year-old Mitzy Hatcher has endured a wild and lonely upbringing. Shunned by her neighbours, the arrival of renowned artist Charles Aubrey - along with his exotic mistress and their daughters - is like a breath of fresh air. As Charles's muse, Mitzy develops a deep and abiding bond with the Aubrey household over the course of the following three summers. Gradually, Mitzy begins to perceive a future she had never thought possible, and a powerful love is kindled in her. It is a love that will grow as she does: from innocence to obsession, from childish infatuation to something far more complex.
It will be almost 75 years before the consequences of this potent desire are fully played out, as a young man in an art gallery looks at a hastily-drawn portrait and wonders at the intensity of it. The questions he asks will lead him back to Blacknowle, and draw him to the truth about those fevered summers in the 1930s.
Moving from the wilds of the Dorset coast to the intoxicating heat of a Moroccan summer, A Half Forgotten Song explores the quixotic nature of memory - and the perils of obsessive love.
Audio edition read by Jacqueline King. With numerous audiobook and stage credits to her name, Jacqueline King has also had a great variety of television roles, including parts in Doctors, Doctor Who, The Bill, 55 Degrees North and Casualty.
I've read all of Katherine Webb's books, and although this was my least favourite, it is still an entertaining listen. Jacqueline King's narration is superb - I wish she had narrated all of Webb's books. It is some time since I listened to this, but thinking about it has brought back all of its powerful imagery. I really did visit new places reading this one. Can't wait for next release.
a fantastic listen. the story is really well read and the plot and sub plot make this one of the best audio books i have listened to. the accents are believable, characters likeable and the scene setting really engages the listener. i look forward to more of her work and will also seek out the reader as she made the book come alive.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I love Katherine Webb's novels.
Her ability to describe places is second to none.
In this tale she continues her style of setting the plot across two time periods and as usual there is a cracking twist at the end.
I always care about Katherine's characters, and the main character in this book, Mitzy Hatcher is no different (although Cat from 'The Unseen' remains my favourite character).
There are themes of family, alienation, obsession and beauty in this book. Each character is so well written and the pace of the novel is just perfect. The suspense and intrigue is built in a beautifully subtle way and I am always satisfied with the way Katherine Webb ends her books.
Looking forward to her next novel.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book is enchanting. The narrator Jacqueline King bought the book alive, she has incredible talent.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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I struggled getting through 3 hours of this book and finally accepted defeat.<br/>I didn't get involved with the characters. none of them inspired me to carry on to see what happened to them either in the past or the present.<br/>I thought Jacqueline king performed the book well, I had no problems with her rendition of the book. I would listen to more books performed by her.<br/>I doubt I would listen to any more books by Katherine webb.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This was a ludicrous story, the characters were all awful, they were selfish and basically unpleasant. I really enjoyed The Unseen and The Legacy, both were enchanting and I feel almost angry, as if I have been robbed.
The narration has been lauded by many reviewers, but I thought it was dreadful, the voices of the different characters were laughable.
I cannot believe the good reviews that this book has received! What a waste of a credit!
Wonderful and left you with questions that will stay with you long after the story ends.
Where does A Half Forgotten Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What did you like best about this story?
Have you listened to any of Jacqueline King’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have'nt but I would look out for her again
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Without giving anything away its difficult to say , but the guilt and grief felt by Elodi is heart wrenching
Any additional comments?
Ive read the book and its one of my favourites so being able to listen to it was, and is a bonus
If you could sum up A Half Forgotten Song in three words, what would they be?
What other book might you compare A Half Forgotten Song to, and why?
i can not name one.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
All of the book.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
yes there is both happiness and sadness in the book.
Any additional comments?
what an enjoyable book,
Deftly woven story of the past and present. Wonderful narration by Jacqueline King., whose caracterful voices were convincing.
Brilliant lots of twist and turns lovely moving story. WelI told I enjoyed it from beginning to end.