The Butterfly Room

Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (497 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Full of her trademark mix of unforgettable characters and heartbreaking secrets, The Butterfly Room is the new spellbinding, multi-generational story from Sunday Times best seller Lucinda Riley.  

Posy Montague is approaching her 70th birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside where she spent her own idyllic childhood catching butterflies with her beloved father, and raised her own children, Posy knows she must make an agonising decision. 

The house is crumbling around her, and Posy knows the time has come to sell it. Then a face appears from the past - Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken 50 years ago. 

Already struggling to cope with her son Sam’s inept business dealings and the sudden reappearance of her younger son, Nick, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie’s renewed affection. And unbeknownst to Posy, Freddie - and Admiral House - have a devastating secret to reveal....

©2019 Lucinda Riley (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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I Enjoyed The Book But!

My first Lucinda Riley book and it was a good listen. Hard to put down because the author has an awesome way of weaving so much into a story. I felt there were too many "darlings" in the story and I found it irritating that every character in the book used the term. But overall I did enjoy the book as most people did. I am going to start the Seven Sister Series.

Nicolette McKenzie was good with the delivery of the story.

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Very good listen

This book caught my attention from the beginning & kept it throughout. The author wove the story well & kept me guessing. I was very pleased with the narrator as we know the narrator can make or break a book. This narrator was an asset!!

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“He rapes and abuses me, but I must stand by my man”

I tried, I really did. Got half way through this audiobook but the predictability of the plot, the heavy smoker’s voice of the reader, but finally, the truly antiquated depiction of relationships between men and women just got too irksome. Can’t finish. Don’t care what happens to these benighted characters.

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I love a good long book!

This book is 17 hours long and you will never be bored. I found myself almost obsessing over trying to figure out the mystery. I loved the thorough character development of every character in this book. . Now, I will have to read another book by Lucinda Riley.

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Excellent

Excellent story. Great narration. Will look for more by the author as I enjoyed immensely

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Blasphemy

This was an excellent story and very well performed. Unfortunately t contains a LOT of blasphemy which to me is unacceptable. There are so many swear words to choose from, why take the name of someone's God in vain?

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Not her best.

I have loved many of her other books. This one didn’t get interesting until 14 hours in. And the narrator voice isn’t what I would have picked for this book.

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Somewhat long but a very enjoyable listen……

There is a lot of character development and it takes a long time to get to the heart of the story but it’s worth it in the end. Wonderful narration!

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So good!!!!

Loved this book!!! Great story and the narration is superb. The story brings you in and you can’t stop listening .

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Loved it!

Great story, interesting characters, and I loved the style that it was written in. Relatable, believable, and beautifully narrated.

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  • cattle
  • 06-16-19

slow start

this book is a very slow start but stick too it if you can it gets better and very good later in the book.

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  • Ancass
  • 06-03-19

Far too many daaaaaaaaaarings!

I enjoyed the story but the reader was posher than the queen!
The writing sounded so frightfully frightfully upper class, every time Posy addressed someone it was daaaarling boy or daaaarling girl, so offputting. Do people still talk like that....I expected Noel Coward to make an appearance any minute and announce that pre-dinner cocktails would be served in the drawing room!
I stuck with it because the actual story was lovely with a neat ending.

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  • Airedaleman
  • 05-31-19

My first ever review

I enjoyed the book as bizarrely I’m the same age as Posie and contemplating leaving a beloved garden.
One cranky criticism is that one did not celebrate an 18th Birthday in 1955. The “key of the door’ was celebrated at 21!
Overall an enjoyable listen.

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  • Bridget Nodder
  • 06-16-19

Disappointing

Very very ordinary story from one of my favourite writers. Hard to believe it was written by Lucinda Riley. No comparison with any of her previous work.

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  • Claire bear
  • 05-16-19

Not one of her best ....

I struggled to get into this one . It lacks a true focus and story journey for me .its a bit like filler , it did the job as I was gardening but not gripping in any shape or form.

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  • Sharon Leverick
  • 06-08-19

A nice change of story from 7 sisters

Wasn't sure at first having been quite disappointed with the last 7 sisters book but glad I persevered. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and sad to finish it. What a change to have a narrater with good diction and pleasing voice. The storyline is fairly predictable but certainly passed many, many dog walking hours. Would recommend if you want something easy to listen to and not over taxing on the brain!

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  • Kate
  • 07-03-20

Interesting read, irritating listen

A friend recommended this book as she had read it, but I thought I would get an audible version instead.
I have to say that the narrator almost put me off continuing with it! The story is told with flashbacks to the forties and fifties and starts with the main character as a young girl from a very priviledged background! The narrators portayal of this girl was very irritating! I persevered but came to realise that this particular voice was not as bad as some of the mens voices she did! Every man sounded the same and all had a gung-ho Jolly Hockeysticks manner to them. If she hadn't said "replied Sebastian" I would not know who had been speaking! The actress (and I use the term loosely) just seemed to read the story out in an over-enthusiastic loud way and failed to properly invoke the appropriate manner or emotions for the scene!
"Oh my darling girl!" said patronisingly by every man to every woman regardless of age or situation.
In 2006, even the son Nick, who had lived in Australia for the last ten years, sounded as if he was in a war time public information film! All the young & capable women characters sounded like simpering idiots!
I did like most of the characters (ones you were supposed to like) but the love scenes were cringey and the men seemed sleazy or desparate.
The number of times Posy made a cake or served a cup of tea was ridiculous, not to mention the copious consumption of alcohol by almost everyone in order to restore a bad situation to normal! (Well I suppose it does for some people).
Suffice to say I will be avoiding any other books by this narrator! I should have checked the sample first!
I think the editor/proof reader could have tweeked this a little too, to ireduce the cliches and repetition!
An experience!



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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-22-19

loved, loved loved

I really loved this book from start to end & never wanted it to end.
The narrator us also fabulous with all the different accents Male & female

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-20

Most enjoyable

This is such an amazing and enjoyable story. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Nicki John
  • 10-26-19

Utterly brilliant!

OMGoodness! Loved, loved, LOVED this book! Nicolette McKenzie is one of the most talented narrator's I know , brilliantly bringing this clever story alive. I loved the way Lucinda Riley entwined past character stories with the current, with many delightfully surprising twists to keep me listening, far too long into the night! Thankfully Lucinda believes in a delicious love story, so this book left me wanting to follow the lives of all the characters in another book. Sad to do ish this story ... I would have loved to have a Posy in my life too! Thank you to all concerned for this superb book! 👏👏👏 x

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  • Adrianna Strafella Coyte-King
  • 05-13-19

Beautiful as a butterfly

Awesome story. As with all Lucinda’s books one just cannot get enough. I wish I could listen to books of this caliber every single day. There really are not enough brilliant authors in this world in my opinion.

I loved this story from beginning to end, with the narrator doing an absolutely brilliant performance!
Thank you

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  • Sue
  • 06-27-19

Read in a couple of days

Loved this book, felt like I wanted to meet the characters, I didn’t want it to end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-19

Couldn’t fault it!

This was an amazing read. I’m going back for more Lucinda Riley. I felt that the characters we’re relatable & interesting. Couldn’t put it down. 5 Star effort!

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  • Kylie Skelton
  • 02-26-20

Sensational!

A beautiful story told with a stunning voice. Another must-read from Lucinda Riley, set in the present and the past.

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  • AnnieK
  • 06-18-20

Long, long winded

Struggled to finish audio book, but I did. Story content was OK but the book could have been 50% reduced in size and not missed a beat.

Narration was also too slow, a conversation was narrated and 10 mins later could be summarised by X said Y.

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An ok story but drawn out allowing the listeners mind to wonder and not be engrossed.

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  • M. Garvey
  • 04-12-20

not my favourite

The language of the character's was a bit "typically british" and sounded trite. Other books by this Author much more inspiring.

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  • Amanda
  • 12-25-19

A beautiful story

Took me a while to get into then I was hooked and couldn’t wait to listen to the rest. Loved it.

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  • Janet Slape.🤣🤣
  • 11-13-19

enjoyable

slow start but was lovely story as it went on. Lots of interesting characters. Loved it.

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  • Dianne Hendy
  • 09-22-19

The Butterfly Room

Was a bit disappointed with this book it didn’t really have a story that gripped you, in the end just listened to it as background noise and only tuned in enough to keep the storyline. An easy listen as not a lot happened would recommend if you wanted something to listen that didn’t take a lot of concentration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-19

A beautifully written story

Wonderful story and beautifully narrated.
I shall read more from this author. Beautiful and Stylish