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Putney

Narrated by: Annie Aldington
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary

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Ralph Boyd’s first glimpse of Daphne will be etched on his mind forever. Dark, teasing, slippery as mercury, she seems neither boy nor girl but sprite - something elemental. An up-and-coming composer, Ralph is visiting the writer Edmund Greenslay at his riverside home in Putney to discuss a collaboration. In its colourful rooms and unruly garden, Ralph finds an intoxicating world of sensuous ease and bohemian abandon that captures the mood of the moment. Entranced, he knows he will return. 

But Ralph is 25 and Daphne is nine, and even in the liberal 1970s a fast-burgeoning relationship between a man and his friend’s daughter must be kept secret. Years later, after a turbulent youth and a failed marriage, Daphne watches her 12-year-old daughter, Libby, mimic the gestures of adult sexuality and is forced to confront her own childhood with a new perspective. 

Putney is a bold, thought-provoking novel about the moral lines we tread, the stories we tell ourselves and the eyes of society. Written in lyrical, evocative prose, it is a rich tale of family, friendship, guilt and responsibility.

©2018 Sofka Zinovieff (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Exlibris
  • 12-11-18

Problematic narration

The narrator reads well and clearly, but the characters voices are so grating I am not able to finish listening to the book here I will have to buy and read it. The subject matter being what it is (childhood sexual abuse) means that a faux baby voice for the young girl is almost unbearable.

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  • N
  • 11-09-18

Wrong narrator

This is a highly engaging book but not one I can finish via audible. I shall have to read it instead. Not a bad narrator as such but not a great choice for this book in my opinion. I can't bear the voices she puts on for Daphne and Libby.

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  • Mark Runacres
  • 08-20-19

Riveting Exploation of the Traumas of paedophilia

an unexpected classic. brilliant characterisation of a small group impacted by a famous composers erotic engagement with a young girl who tried to deal with her experiences years later. Tragic and gripping with extraordinarily crafted plot and characters.

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  • EC
  • 07-20-18

Putney

Listened to over 100 books on Audible but this is my 1st review.

I wont give any plot away because Puney kept me listening and guessing how it would resolve almost to the end.

Inbetween I cringed and laughed but ended in tears (for good reason) when the girls wouldn't let go her arms.

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  • Jacqueline S.
  • 09-22-18

Hugely enjoyable

Insightful account of questionable behaviour. Narration excellent. Quite a number of unexpected twists and turns.

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