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    • Restoration

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Paul Daneman
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    From Rose Tremain comes the Booker Prize short-listed novel that “restored the historical novel to its rightful place of honor” ( New York Times). Robert Merivel, son of a glove maker and an aspiring physician, finds his fortunes transformed when he is given a position at the court of King Charles II. Merivel slips easily into a life of luxury and idleness, enthusiastically enjoying the women and wine of the vibrant Restoration age. But when he’s called on to serve the king in an unusual role, he transgresses the one law he is forbidden to break and is brutally cast out from his newfound paradise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Fell Under the Spell

    • By Ilana on 04-24-14

    Regular price: $18.87

    • The Gustav Sonata

    • A Novel
    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 54

    Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo. An only child, he lives alone with Emilie, the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity. He begins an intense friendship with a Jewish boy his age, talented and mercurial Anton Zweibel, a budding concert pianist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loyalty and Other Human Foibles

    • By Ilana on 10-07-16

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Merivel

    • A Man of His Time
    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    In search of answers, Merivel sets off for the French court. But Versailles leaves him in despair, until a chance encounter with a seductive Swiss botanist allows him to dream of an honorable future. But back home, his loyalty and medical skill are about to be tested to the limit, while the captive bear he has brought back from France begins to cause havoc.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • On Foolishness and Mortality

    • By Ilana on 12-27-14

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The American Lover

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Ric Jerrom, Kate Rawson, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Trapped in a London flat, Beth remembers a transgressive love affair in 1960s Paris. The most famous writer in Russia takes his last breath in a stationmaster’s cottage, miles from Moscow. A father, finally free of his daughter’s demands, embarks on a long swim from his Canadian lakeside retreat. And in the grandest house of all, Danni the Polish housekeeper catches the eye of an enigmatic visitor.Rose Tremain awakens the senses in this diverse collection of short stories.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mixed Bag (but the good stories are really good)

    • By Cariola on 02-05-15

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Road Home

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008, The Road Home is the best-selling story of Lev, a middle-aged migrant from Eastern Europe, who moves to London in search of work after losing his wife and job. Lev's London is awash with money, celebrity and complacency. The world Tremain creates is both convincing and poignant.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • OK - nice narration - good characters

    • By bea on 02-21-11

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Darkness of Wallis Simpson

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Jilly Bond
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American woman for whom Edward VIII abdicated in 1936, ended her life as the prisoner of her lawyer who would not allow anyone - friend, foe or journalist - to visit her in her Paris flat. Rose Tremain takes this true story and transforms it into an imaginative and ironic fiction. Her thesis is that Wallis, gaga and bed-ridden, has forgotten the king who gave up an empire for love of her. The other stories in this magnificent collection range over a variety of themes, equally original and unexpected.

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Music and Silence

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    In the year 1629, a young English lutenist named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish Court to join King Christian IV's Royal Orchestra. From the moment when he realizes that the musicians perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, Peter Clair understands that he's come to a place where the opposing states of light and dark, good and evil, are waging war to the death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Can Rose Tremain Write a BAD Book?

    • By Cariola on 04-30-09

    Regular price: $21.81

    • The Way I Found Her

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Tom Haywood
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    This is the summer that Lewis Little, precocious thirteen-year-old, is spending in Paris with his mother, Alice. Alice is translating the latest medieval romance by Valentina Gavrilovich, the bestselling and exotic Russian émigré, Lewis is there to make his first acquaintance with one of the greatest cities in the world; neither can foresee the momentous events that lie in wait for them.

    Regular price: $19.62

    • Trespass

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevensen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    In a silent valley in southern France stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Aramon, the owner, is so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Saved by the amazing Juliet Stevensen

    • By Eleanor Corner on 02-11-13

    Regular price: $18.17

    • Restoration

    • A Novel of Seventeenth-Century England
    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    The award-winning Restoration is one of Rose Tremain's most popular works, and showcases her remarkable talent for capturing historical settings and personalities. Set during the English Restoration in the decadent court of King Charles II, the novel weaves a story of corrupted innocence, betrayal, love and hope against a fascinating historical backdrop.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sucked me in

    • By Jill on 06-15-14

    Regular price: $14.00

    • The Gustav Sonata

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland where the horrors of the Second World War seem distant. He adores his mother, but she treats him with bitter severity, disapproving especially of his intense friendship with Anton, the Jewish boy at school. A gifted pianist, Anton is tortured by stage fright; only in secret games with Gustav does his imagination thrive. But Gustav is taught that he must develop a hard shell, 'like a coconut', to protect the softness inside - just like the hard shell perfected by his country to protect its neutrality.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • slow reader, nice book

    • By Lina on 04-30-17

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Colour

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An almost perfect experience

    • By Alison on 06-10-06

    Regular price: $21.48

    • Restoration

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Paul Daneman
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as 'paper groom' to the youngest of the King's mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise.

    Regular price: $20.24

    • Rosie

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Rose Tremain
    • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Rose Tremain grew up in postwar London, a city of grey austerity, still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. The girl known then as ‘Rosie’ and her sister, Jo, spent their days longing for their grandparents' farm, buried deep in the Hampshire countryside, a green paradise of feasts and freedom, where they could at last roam and dream.

    Regular price: $19.62

    • Trespass

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he’s let his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life. Into this closed world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Forgettable

    • By Needles on 06-09-16

    Regular price: $20.17

    • Sacred Country

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Harrison Knights
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    We're all something else inside.... 1952. Standing in a cold Suffolk field with her family, six-year-old Mary Ward has a revelation: I am not Mary. That is a mistake. I am not a girl. I'm a boy. So begins Mary's heroic struggle to change gender. Moving from the claustrophobic rural community of the 1950s to London in the swinging '60s and beyond to the glitter of America in the '70s, Sacred Country is the story of a journey to find a place of safety and fulfilment in a savage and confusing world.

    Regular price: $20.24

    • Merivel, A Man of His Time

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The Restoration is over and Robert Merivel, renowned physician and courtier to Charles II, now faces the anxieties of middle age. Questions crowd his mind: has he been a good father? Is he a fair master? Is he the King's friend or the King's slave? In search of answers, Merivel sets off for the French court. But Versailles leaves him in despair, until a chance encounter with a seductive Swiss botanist allows him to dream of an honourable future.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Man of All Times, I say!

    • By Tinker on 11-12-12

    Regular price: $20.34

    • The Road Home

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. But Lev has an outsider's vision of the place we call home. Lev begins with no job, little money, and few words of English. He has only his memories, his hopes, and a certain skill preparing food.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A special mention for Steven Pacey

    • By Ilana on 02-28-16

    Regular price: $21.48

    • Music & Silence

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Michael Praed, Clare Wille, Alison Dowling
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The award-winning Music & Silence is one of Tremain's most popular works. Set in the court of ChristianÿIV of Denmark during the 17th century, it is a beautiful and enduring tale of love, intrigue and betrayal. Part history, part imagination, Music & Silence lyrically evokes the rich tapestry of court life.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Monica on 03-05-11

    Regular price: $14.00

    • Der weite Weg nach Hause

    • By: Rose Tremain
    • Narrated by: Martin Sabel
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Lev ist ein Glückssucher: Er ist nach London gekommen, um seiner Familie ein besseres Leben zu ermöglichen. Fremd und einsam denkt er zurück an seine jung verstorbene Frau Marina, seine kleine Tochter Maya und die verrückten Erlebnisse mit seinem Freund Rudi. Doch Lev ist entschlossen, sich eine Zukunft zu erkämpfen: Er entdeckt ein ungeahntes Talent, findet Freunde und sogar eine neue Liebe.

    Regular price: $20.30

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