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1960s fashion, affairs and heartbreak feature in The Decision from No 1 best-selling novelist Penny Vincenzi.

Set against a vibrant sixties backdrop, this is the story of two bright young things: Eliza, an ex-deb making a splash in the world of fashion, and Matt, a working-class boy carving out a serious name for himself in property. Their story begins with a love affair, closely followed by a marriage, followed by a baby.

But whilst their relationship is at first fuelled by passion, it's not of the enduring kind, and soon what started out with such promise descends into a harrowing divorce case and an epic custody battle. With everything at stake for both Eliza and Matt, and neither party willing to give up their little girl without a fight, it's high drama in the courts. Let battle begin....

©2011 Penny Vincenzi (P)2011 Headline Publishing Group Limited

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"Teeming with memorable characters." (Woman & Home)

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  • Just
  • mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 05-16-12

Loved every Minute of the 30 Hours!! Best Ever

This is by far the best book I have downloaded yet. 30 hours seemed daunting, but I hated for it to finally end. There were no wasted words, so if you are like me and do not like endless description, this is a great book. The character development was great, the story was great. Well I am not one for long reviews, suffice to say I would give this a 10 if I could. A marvellous family saga, enough romance in it without being too sappy, and certainly it was all believable. It takes place in the 60's to 70's in London. I so recommend this book.

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  • Deborah
  • 07-15-12

Another success

I have read every Vincenzi book and this was my first audio version. I really enjoyed it and the narrator was superb. I will be sticking with audio from now on as i was truely transported from London to Italy and back again, I loved it!!

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  • Miss C S Broome
  • 10-18-15

Mostly enjoyably but stretched out a bit too much

I made it to the end but lost interest 2 thirds through the story as plot wore thin.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-16

Fantastic

Superb story as always from Vincenzi. l couldn't stop listening. l have been having some treatment, which is an hour long and this book has been a delight to listen to. If you don't have audible you really should join.

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  • Smonty64
  • 11-21-15

Did not want it to end

Would you consider the audio edition of The Decision to be better than the print version?

Yes l would not be able to bring so much life to all the characters I was taken back to my youth, each character was brought to life by the narrator in this wonderful story I fell in and out of love I just did not want it to end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Decision?

There were so many memorable moments but if I have to pick one it would have to be when Eliza!s barrister explains why she should continue her battle for custody of her child.

What does Sandra Duncan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings everything I felt I was listening to a play not just one person she is a genius.

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

There were a few moments that moved me Scarlett's decision to terminate her pregnancy, Matt not making Louise a partner, the break up of the marriage and the way the judge summed it all up at the end.

Any additional comments?

I loved listening to this book the story and the wonderful narrative transported me back to the sixties and seventies a time when I thought we were so modern and forward thinking!!

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  • Marie
  • 10-02-15

Disappointed

Disliked the narrator too many really bad accents from the narrator, condescending and painful to listen to.

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  • JB
  • 09-27-15

Enjoyable easy listening

I enjoyed this book - although the story is perhaps a little predictable. Nevertheless I enjoyed listening to it. At first I found the narration a little irritating, but soon got into the story and found it quite suitable to the story.

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  • Sue
  • 05-27-15

Excellent novel, extremely well written.

Would you listen to The Decision again? Why?

Absolutely because I love the characters so much.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the way Penny Vincenzi gets inside her characters. As a reader I feel I not only know the characters but they are personal friends of mine. I become emotionally involved with each one of them.

Which character – as performed by Sandra Duncan – was your favourite?

Sandra Duncan performs all the characters extremely well. <br/>

Any additional comments?

I love the length of Penny Vincenzi long novels

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  • Clare
  • 01-26-15

I'd have made the Decision earlier

Where does The Decision rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

more than just a chick lit but does have a happy ever after quality.

Any additional comments?

not everyone needs a man/women to for fill their lives and this is set a little earlier than my time but found that relationships a bit frustrating at times.<br/><br/>I did however enjoy this read/listen

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  • KJ Monty
  • 01-24-15

Dull

I just found this rather long and rather dull nothing seems to happen, I did give it about three hours but had to give up.

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  • Pauline
  • 01-24-15

Great listen!

Involving plot line, interesting characters, well written and read. I enjoyed from start to finish. Vincenzi at her very best!

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