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The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot.

When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.

But for neighbour Matt McCarthy, the house is revenge - on the family who ruined his father. For his wife it's the key to the perfect family life, while a struggling property developer sees in it a whole new future. As desires clash and intertwine, lives and loves are demolished - and the Spanish House becomes a true folly indeed...

©2008 Jojo Moyes; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 08-05-14

Hauntingly Beautiful Story of Human, Flawed People

I really liked this story of a widow with two children who inherited a huge Spanish house in the country. Isabella, the young widow, whose deep passion for her violin and music, perhaps is too high a priority, has to learn a totally new way of life. But what I appreciated and most loved about the story was the honesty in which it was written. People DO have to go through hardships and work through grief in order to value what is most important in their lives. This isn't a cheap or tawdry tale, although there are some in the small town who make some unfortunate and selfish choices. There are MORE that make better choices and are loyal and end up doing right by their neighbors. The novel is hauntingly beautiful and meets my criteria of having an ending worth the wait.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • Gloucester, MA, USA
  • 07-17-13

Jojo Moyes is my favorite.

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Jojo Moyes is my favorite author now. I read one of her books and loved it so I tried another. most of the time I am disappointed in the next book I read by the same author, this time I was pleasantly surprised. So I dared to do it a third time and then a fourth. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them and give them 4 stars each, something I rarely do.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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I enjoyed this story

Night Music hit all the right notes (ha ha). :-) I really enjoyed the story and the narrator was very good. The story is good from the beginning to the end with no boring parts. I'm also glad the author knew when to end the story and did not extend it longer than necessary.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Extremely valuable book!

It was thanks to this book that I got all the windows in the house washed -- inside and out -- the garage floor swept and both the linen closet and the sewing room reorganized. I couldn't stop listening -- I had to find some way to justify taking the time to keep listening.

This was my first exposure to Jojo Moyes -- never heard of her before, never come across any of her books before this one, when I rolled the dice on yet another really great Daily Deal. "Night Music" won't be the last -- except that I expect I'll listen to this one a few more times before I'm finished with it.

It's funny, I see other reviewers saying that this isn't Moyes best book, which just blows my mind. Can't quite see how any of them could be better than this, but... hey, I'm willing to try.

Maybe it's just me, but there's something about a battle over a house that attracts me. Another of my favorite books (not the film) is Andre Dubus III's "House of Sand and Fog" which also involves a house everyone wants, and the emotional pull such an embattled dwelling can bring about. "Night Music" is very different from that book -- maybe even better -- but I felt the same compulsion to keep listening until it all got worked out. Of course "Night Music" is really about the people -- the fragile, wounded, too-trusting professional violinist who inherits it, the corrupt builder who pretends to help restore it, but has evil plans of his own, the children caught in the middle of it, the guy who's camping out, unknown, in the boiler room... and the rabbits. Can't forget the rabbits.

What can I say? Don't miss this one. Your own house will be a whole lot cleaner by the time you finish!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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A good book but not a great book

What did you love best about Night Music?

Picturing the scene where the house was set - the village and characters.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was ok I think. I listened to this book about 4 weeks ago and I cannot actually remember the ending...so I guess it wasn't very memorable!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Clare Corbett?

Yes.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, it was a bit predictable. I liked the Byron character, so I think his relationship with the young boy would be the most compelling relationship of the story - therefore a bit moving I guess.

Any additional comments?

An easy listen...not overly memorable or anything...but 'nice'.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Taryn
  • Suffern, NY, United States
  • 01-03-15

Love JoJo

While this might not be one of my favorite JoJo books, it was enjoyable. She does a good job of developing her characters. The plot wasnt exactly original but it was enjoyable. The narrator does a nice job and the book kept my interest.Recommend it if you are looking for an easy listen.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • nadine
  • CAMINO, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 04-17-14

Not my cup of tea

What did you like best about Night Music? What did you like least?

Well I'm sorry to say this was not to my liking.

What was most disappointing about Jojo Moyes’s story?

Too slow at the beginning. I had to listen some of the chapters over just so I could follow it.

What aspect of Clare Corbett’s performance would you have changed?

The narrator. I had a difficult time understanding her.

Do you think Night Music needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. This story was all over the map.

Any additional comments?

I'll will be more careful to pick my next book. Sorry I wasted my credits.

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the volume of book could use work

The story was catching but the volume of the reader was all over the place. The volume would go from barely audible to very loud.

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Loved

Loved just as much as her past books! Really felt like you knew exactly how the house looked, the land around, the characters...

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Great Story

Jojo Moyes is a fantastic storyteller, and this story, is no exception. Great performance as well, keeps the listener engaged.

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  • k
  • 09-20-12

Night Music

This is my 4th Jojo Moyes audible book and each one is so different with one thing in common, you have a problem in putting them down. I think this may be my favourite but then again I think that about each book. and I'm about to start my 5th. This is one talented author.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • D M Waby
  • 02-02-13

Excellent book

I couldn't wait to get back into the car to hear the next segment of this book. I would definitely recommend it. The characters are described very well so well you can almost picture each person and each scene. The narrator was by good too. Definitely worth downloading.

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  • Ms
  • 06-29-13

Quite Good but not brilliant

I read this on immediatly after Me Before You, which I had utterley devoured - a difficult bok to follow. I thought Night Music was ok and I did get into to it in the end and quite enjoyed it, but Me Before You will stay with me for a very long time, whereas this one is simply a novel to read and forget. Sorry Jojo

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann D
  • 10-23-14

Another great novel by Jojo!

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to other performances by Claire, but she did an excellent job here.

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I really enjoyed this book. As is the case with the other Jojo Moyes books I've read, this one moved along at a pace, whilst allowing each character to really come to life. I considered 4* here because it was not quite as fabulous as 'The One Plus One' and 'Me Before You'. However, they were truly exceptional novels and, taking account of the genre as a whole, Night Music is still definately a 5* read.

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  • Philip
  • 04-05-15

JoJo-Lite

Big fan, Jojo, but this was, sorry to say, not your best and rather by-the-numbers.

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  • ddodson
  • 03-06-15

Brilliant

I loved this book, one if my favourite of Jojo Moyes. What a talented writer. I could totally picture the characters and The Spanish House. I would thoroughly recommend the book and the beautiful job the narrator did reading it.

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  • Roisin
  • 06-30-13

Hungry for more!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Jojo Moyes' descriptive writing is amazing. I loved the description of being out in the woods, I felt like I was there.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptive writing.<br/>Jojo Moyes left me hanging for more, I wanted her to impart Boyd's knowledge of foraging so I could do it for myself.

Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favourite?

Kitty was performed well. I didn't like her performances of the two supposed men in their 30's, they struck me as being older and took some of the passion of this story away for me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely.<br/>

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A brilliant book, left me wanting to immerse myself in music and nature.

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  • Trish
  • 03-10-13

Enjoyable

An enjoyable book. It kept me interested with a satisfying ending. Not as riviting as " You before Me"

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  • Kez
  • 05-06-17

best one so far!

I love Jojo Moyes. If you like interwoven stories about people, emotions, connections and things then you'll like this book.
overall message, stuff is just stuff, a house is just a house. People, well, they aren't just people .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • 02-05-17

Whisked away

This book had me right from the beginning and transported me to another place. No great storyline or plot but the development of the characters was brilliant and kept me hooked. The narration was fabulous had to keep checking it was just one person with different voices for each character. Definitely recommend.

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  • Jane Syd
  • 02-05-16

Returned the book half way through the listen

I've never read Jojo's books before and thought I'd give it a go after reading positive reviews about her work. The story couldn't be more predictable and far fetched. The writing style is unimaginative and I was bored with the listen despite Clare Corbett's fantastic narration. She couldn't save the book for me. I am a fan of stories that make you wonder what's next in store for the characters that are developed and unique, stories that you think about well after you finish the book. I'm a fan of Murakami, Coelho, Moriarty so perhaps the bar was set too high in my mind. I won't bother with any of her books again.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-11-17

Sort of like a chick flick

My first impression is that it's a novel for women. All about relationships amongst the various characters. It obviously has much more than that because despite whatever chauvinist tendencies I may have I finished it in two days.

The story flows evenly from chapter to chapter. Whenever I resumed listening I was quickly hooked. It is an easy listen and uncomplicated.

The narration by Clare Corbett was up to her usual good standard.

I thought it was a great listen.

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  • Erica
  • 04-04-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

Great story with lots of interesting characters. A couple of good twists.
The narrator was mostly good but she made Byron sound about 60 instead of 32. And Kitty sounded about 10 instead of 15. Guess it's hard for one narrator to put on a number of different voices.

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  • Julia
  • 12-09-16

Musical Whim

I really enjoyed this book, the characters were so interesting and the sory was exciting and fast paced I lost myself to this book for a while and throughly enjoyed it

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  • Denise
  • 08-12-16

Night Music : the melody lingers on.

Jojo Moynes has a gift for developing characters and bringing them to life. The depths of the human psyche; raw emotions, struggles, strengths and weaknesses are explored and exposed in this beautiful story of discovery.

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  • lynn
  • 05-16-16

Jojo Moyes

Love the authors work. In this book and all the others. The detailing really captures the imagination

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  • Christine Denning
  • 01-21-16

This book was exceptional

This book was exceptional, but i have come to expect that from this Author. Clare Corbett as always 10 out of 10 for her reading of it.
kept me intrigued till the end