The Door

Narrated by: Siân Thomas
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Intense, brilliant and moving, The Door is a compelling story about the relationship between two women of opposing backgrounds and personalities: one, an intellectual and writer; the other, her housekeeper, a mysterious, elderly woman who sets her own rules and abjures religion, education, pretense and any kind of authority. Beneath this hardened exterior of Emerence lies a painful story that must be concealed. One of Hungary's best-known writers, Magda Szabo' here explores themes of love, loyalty, pride and privacy, and the barriers and secrets that govern them.

©1987 Magda Szabo´ Translation © 2005 Len Rix. (P)2016 Naxos AudioBooks
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Challenging, but an engrossing, literary work.

A total immersion in a unique relationship between two women of a different age, class and experience.
Superbly nuanced absences are the real descriptors of what marks out this friendship or dependence. Negative behavior, competitiveness, jealousy and misunderstandings abound but essentially, both women help the other move through their lives.
Behind every successful woman is an excellent housekeeper.
And behind every human struggle, it is made beautifully clear, is dust.
The subtle shading in of the extraordinary disturbances that shook Hungary to the core are masterly.
A tour de force overall.

Siân Thomas is a "find." Great voice actor.

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Excellent

A book about love, selfishness--perhaps even cruelty, and friendship. Gripping. So powerful I had to stop at times to regain my bearings. Excellent narrator.

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A hauntingly powerful book

The Door will really work on you. It is finely crafted, beautifully observed, and very well read aloud. It's an intimate read. You enter the head of the narrator and see her human vulnerabilies, vanities, and failings and wonder about her reliability as a narrator. The narrator, a writer, offers a fascinating portrait of her housekeeper and that of their complex, brutally honest, contentious, and devoted-- if imperfect-- friendship. The book will get you thinking about what we value and how we choose to live; about the life of the mind vs. the world of practical doing; about what we really know about those we love; and about the inchoate and reverberating effects of losing those we love. The Door gives you a lot to mull. It will stay with you for some time.

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Loved this book

It has been a while since I have read such a wonderful book. Fabulous language fully develop characters and beautiful descriptions.

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  • 04-30-18

Sublime

Best narration of an audiobook I've ever heard. A heavy novel, but I adored every moment of it.

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  • Graeme H
  • 09-22-19

A remarkable novel about a singular life

This is one of the great novels of the last 50 years. Described superficially, it is the story of a Hungarian writer and her housekeeper. But it is very deeply a story about what it truly means to love another person and the responsibility that attaches to this. Shot through with spiky humour and haunting images, it is a book to lose yourself in. Beautifully read by Siân Thomas.

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