This Must Be the Place

Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
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The dazzling new novel from best-selling, award-winning author Maggie O'Farrell, This Must Be the Place crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage.

Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California; a father he loathes in Brooklyn; and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway. He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with 20 years ago, and this discovery will send him off course, far away from wife and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?

This Must Be the Place crosses continents and time zones, giving voice to a diverse and complex cast of characters. At its heart it is an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, the forces that hold it together, and the pressures that drive it apart. Maggie O'Farrell's seventh novel is a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.

©2016 Maggie O'Farrell (P)2016 Recorded Books

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A good story spoiled

What made the experience of listening to This Must Be the Place the most enjoyable?

Maggie Farrell's skilful building of a story and its changes of time and place.

What was one of the most memorable moments of This Must Be the Place?

Bitter-sweet moments when the protagonists were stopped in their tracks by a memory.

What didn’t you like about Graham Rowat and Saskia Maarleveld ’s performance?

I find it intensely irritating when narrators can't pronounce quite simple foreign words properly. SK is clearly neither British nor American and I think one of either of those nationalities would have been better. 'Maman' and so many other instances of mispoken words.This really spoiled my enjoyment of a good story, my attention often being taken by irritating narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me sad for all the chararcters who seemed so lost most of the time.

Any additional comments?

I wish that Maggie Farrell would lose her maddening habit of making long lists of words, sometimes describing the same thing. Perhaps this is her signature?

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  • 10-13-16

Wonderful book

I truly enjoyed this - and loved the female narrator. Something about the male narrator's reading voice very much annoyed me, though, which is why I can only award three stars for performance.

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A broad expanse of everyday, every man

So many well developed characters in so many storylines! I’m amazed how well it all fit together as a book, being easy to follow the diverse and interesting life adventures.

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bla

I couldn't get through even half of the book. I struggled with it the entire time. very confusing and nothing gelled together.

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Excellent story!

I loved this book and the readers. What’s not to love with all these related characters?

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Pretty good

After hearing Maggie O'Farrell's books recommended by several people I decided to go with this as my first read. It was ok but but I just couldn't really get into it. I have since read other works by the author and enjoyed them more than this one. The book was ok but just not particularly memorable.

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No hero, no one to root for, sad unlikeable people

I had just joined a book club with gals from all walks of life and with different beliefs - there were two running things we All agreed on, 1. the book was well written, and 2. No One liked this book - the book club comments all had the same theme - the characters were mostly vain - the book was one we had all agreed to read, yet was torturous getting through - and while well written, the story line and people left me feeling dirty and wishing I hadn’t read the book.

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Not as good as others but still enjoyable.

Somewhat complicated family structure. I didn't warm to any of the characters. Attempts at voice changes by the narrator were not convincing.

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Liked it?

I tried to Not like this book. But, in the end, I loved it. Persevere !

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