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The House at Tyneford Audiobook

The House at Tyneford

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Publisher's Summary

An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden upstairs-downstairs romance in a great English country house.

It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever.

A pageturning tale of family, love, loss, and the power of the human spirit set against the perennially popular backdrop of World War II England, Natasha Solomons’ The House at Tyneford is upmarket romantic fiction at its best.

Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter and the internationally bestselling author of Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English and Mr. Rosenblum’s List. She lives with her husband in Dorset, England.

©2011 Natasha Solomons (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Natasha Solomons has written a lovely, atmospheric novel full of charming characters and good, oldfashioned storytelling.” (Kristin Hannah, New York Times best-selling author)

What Members Say

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    Daniela Miami, FL, United States 02-11-13
    Daniela Miami, FL, United States 02-11-13
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    "Good enough..."
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    The story as a whole is good, probably a bit too many twists and turns, but you become satisfied with the outcome of the main character. It could probably be a much shorter book, instead of having long drags of empty words. Its not a captivating book that will leave you in thought for days but a nice love and coming of age story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Stevens Point, WI, United States 12-02-12
    Amazon Customer Stevens Point, WI, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2015

    book lover

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    "Perfect Naration"
    What did you love best about The House at Tyneford?

    I really liked this book. The narration was perfect for the story. I love stories set in this era.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a beautiful story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved Elise's courage and beautiful soul.


    What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice of Justine Eyre was so perfect for this book. She made me feel like I was at Tyneford.


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

    I was very eager to get back to the story each time, but I wanted to savor it. I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit I used to purchase it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada 09-11-12
    Heather Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada 09-11-12
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    "I couldn't listen to it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator


    Would you ever listen to anything by Natasha Solomons again?

    Probably


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    -anybody else I've ever listened to


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The House at Tyneford?

    I didn't listen long enough to make a valid assessment of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Justine Eyre's voice irritated me so much that I couldn't listen to the story.
    What I heard was promising, so I tried listening, but had to abandon for the safety of my iPod, which I came perilously close to throwing on the floor and stepping on !!! I can't describe the voice adequately except to say that I spent more time imitating it than listening to it.

    I put the book aside for a week and tried again - thinking that a different mood might prove to be the answer - but no! I won't be buying any more books with that narrator.
    If I could have given no stars for the narration - I would have.
    Thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hayworth United States 08-29-12
    Hayworth United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2010

    Keep reading

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    "Good potential, sloppy reading"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I didn't finish it because I didn't like the performance.


    Has The House at Tyneford turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

    First of all the reading is sloppy. Numerous mistakes including:
    Desert for Dessert.
    Brasserie for Brassiere.
    Companiable for Companionable.
    Oddly Street for Audley Street.
    And so on and so on.
    Why did the reader adopt such a nasal, croaky delivery? If it was in order to indicate that the story is being told in retrospect by an older woman, then why not hire an older actress? Eileen Atkins, Claire Bloom, Penelope Wilton. Sadly, the delivery really affected my enjoyment of the book, and I abandoned it after a few chapters.


    Do you think The House at Tyneford needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    n/a


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Helotes, TX, United States 08-15-12
    Carla Helotes, TX, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great listen!"

    I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. I was completely swept into the story and thoroughly enjoyed the progression of the characters from one place in time to the next. I loved this book.I was sorry to hear it come to an end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia United States 02-03-12
    Patricia United States 02-03-12
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    "Wonderful story"

    The accent of the narrorator got to be a little much after a while. Other than that is was a good story. I often found myself lost while listening. It might have been easier to read than listen to.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 02-11-13
    Amanda 02-11-13
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    "I cried, and I don't cry for anything."

    Great characters, interesting historical perspective. It takes place at the time of WWII, but it's not a war story. It's a love story, historical narrative, a peek into a world that no longer exists. I loved it. Excellent for fans of Downton Abbey.

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    Annina Azmoos, Switzerland 05-09-17
    Annina Azmoos, Switzerland 05-09-17 Member Since 2017

    Hello, I'm from Switzerland and love Cozy Mysteries. So very sad, that far too many cozies are not available on audible for me any more.

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    "Liked it"

    aka The Novel in the Viola - I enjoyed the story. If you think about that time, it could have happened like this. In WW II anything was possible. Beeing sent from Vienna to Tynefordhouse in England, young Elise Landau is forced to become a parlour-maid.She knows nothing about England, except that she won't like it. Always expecting to be called off to the USA by her parents, Elise has some difficulties to stick to the english rules. Falling in Love with the son of the House, Kit, she and him expierence all the difficulties and changes in life which an upperclass boy and a jewish 'housemaid' go through.
    Still longing to reunite with her parents, she invests her mothers pearls and keeps the newest novel of her father in the hidingplace of the Viola. Life takes it's unordinary way in those times and as sad and not unexpected, if not to say weird turns Elise/Alice's life may take - I was hooked from start right to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hollace Newark, OH, United States 12-06-16
    Hollace Newark, OH, United States 12-06-16 Member Since 2000

    book worm

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    "Bravo!"

    One of the best books I have listened to in 2016! A real treat for those of us who like WWII romance. Well written and performed.

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    Denise 11-01-16
    Denise 11-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good start - poor finish"

    I just didn't care for the story line. I kept listening hoping it would pick up and get involved & exciting, but it didn't.

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