• When Marnie Was There

  • By: Joan Robinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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When Marnie Was There

By: Joan Robinson
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
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Publisher's Summary

An exciting audiobook download of a classic story. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal when first published in 1967, When Marnie Was There is now being made into a film by Japanese anime giant Studio Ghibli.

Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr. and Mrs. Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognizes - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna's first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed.

©2015 Joan Robinson (P)2014 Listening Library

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It was a lovely time spent listening

Anna is really struggling with the loss of her mother and grandmother after they died. She needs to learn to trust others and allow herself to be loved. This is a cute story which is well developed and exciting. I wanted more uninterrupted time to spend listening.

Worthwhile and a good family listen because the story flows well and narration is exceptional.

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Wow

When Marnie Was There, has become one of my all time favorite books and I'm not much of a reader.

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Wonderful

Such a lovely book, it'll be in my heart forever. Read it now, you won't regret it.
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a great book with a greater movie

I won't ever forget this story. One of the best, with great narration too. watch the movie if you get the chance, the one by studio ghibli, they did right by the original story.

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Marvelous Pairing - book and animation

Joan Robinson & Studio Ghibli (Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi). I am one of those who discovered the book after viewing the fantastic animation. Of course, when the book came out I was much younger, and a story about a young girl would not have interested a boy like me. My loss. Now, comparing book and movie, it is so fun to feel the texture of the subtle differences in storytelling. Robinison is great at dropping clues about what is really happening (but is it real?). The orphan angle is not played for pity (except when the birds trill "pityme"). Robinson captures what it feels like to be different from the popular kids; sometimes that difference is self-imposed. By the way, the album of musical score for the animation is beautifully haunting, ghostly in the way Robinson's tale is ghostly - beautiful is the best word and worth the listen.

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I’ve never related to a character so strongly.

Anna is my spirit animal. Amazing how such a simple story can resinate so steadfastly on an emotional level. I adore this book. And the narrator was excellent.

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Great book

Good book! Great twists! Not what I expected ending! I enjoyed this book tremendously! Would suggest it for the whole family!

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A magical story of loneliness and family

This is a wonderful children’s story, beautifully written and enchantingly imagined about a girl on the outside looking in, who finds not only herself but the love that’s been around her all along. Part mystery, part coming of age, this wistfully lovely story celebrates the friendships of youth. Anna and Marnie’s relationship is reminiscent of Anne Shirley and Diana, while the story itself constantly put me in mind of the bewitching books Fog Magic (Julia Sauer) and Can I Get There By Candlelight (Jean Slaughter Doty) that I loved so much as a child. I highly recommend this book as well as those.
The only ding I’d give the audio production is that the reader who has a lovely voice and accent has kind of a repetitive rhythm that can grow a little grating and tedious. But even so I still thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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Great story, irritating narration

I enjoyed listening to this great story, despite the annoying rhythm of the narrator’s reading. The combination of the mid sentence inhalation and the last syllable drag of every sentence got in my nerves. I cringed through the first half, but kind of got used to it for the 2nd half.

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loved it

it was a beautiful story that I have been wanting to listen to for ages. if it hadn't been for the movie by studio Ghibli I would have never know about this book. I loved how rich the story was and how the movie captured so many parts of the book. although the book was much better because I actually got to learn more about these characters than I expected. I definitely would recommend this to anyone who is interested in a coming of age story.