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Behind the Scenes at the Museum Audiobook

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

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Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster, telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but there she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica, aged five; greedy, cross-patch Gillian, who refused to be ignored; and Ruby...

Ruby tells the story of the family, from the day at the end of the nineteenth century when a travelling French photographer catches frail beautiful Alice and her children, like flowers in amber, to the startling, witty, and memorable events of Ruby's own life.

©1995 Kate Atkinson (P)2014 AudioGo Ltd. Published by Random House Audiobooks

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    DartmoorDiva Dartmoor 09/08/2015
    DartmoorDiva Dartmoor 09/08/2015

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    "Brilliant and enthralling"

    I was absolutely captivated by this novel and did not want it to end. The twists and turns of the plot and the wonderfully drawn characters make for an absolutely enthralling story. Even now, I am still thinking about some of the characters and how their lives intertwined. Kate Atkinson's writing is truly wonderful, her humour, her turns of phrase, all magical. There is nothing better than a novel that stays with you and this one is very firmly in my head. As ever, beautifully read by Susan Jameson.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S 26/05/2015
    S 26/05/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "A lovely story"

    Having been born in York in the mid fifty's I felt a real connection with this book, I know the streets and the sights so well - it is poignant and evokes such memories for me. I could listen to it again and again. Beautifully narrated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Crowe 11/05/2015
    Lisa Crowe 11/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Family Story"

    A family saga, through the eyes of one child. The story spans the Great War, WWII, the 50's, the 60's and back again. Adultery, broken marriages, and all the rest. It's the story of one family from great Grand Mother to great grand child. The choices we make and their consequences, the mistakes we make and their unexpected outcomes. At times you'll laugh and marvel at the authors power of description and wonderful characters. A good listen very well narrated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P1955 28/02/2016
    P1955 28/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful novel."

    Extraordinary book brilliantly read by Susan Jamieson. One which requires listening to again and again.

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    D 28/09/2015
    D 28/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    A wonderful evocation of life in the fifties and sixties. Very well read the best I've heard.

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    Shelley 20/06/2015
    Shelley 20/06/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Entrancing and compulsive"

    Love all of her books and this one needed a second reading to get to the bottom of the intricately woven family story with a happy ending! Could not stop listening all night.

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    Beth S. 17/11/2016
    Beth S. 17/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A wonderful heady book with lovely finale"

    A rollicking ride with wonderful imagery and poignancy at the end. Images that will stay with me for a lifetime.

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    Ms B M 13/07/2016
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    "definitely behind the scenes"

    the source of themes developed so brilliantly in Life After Life & God in Ruins.

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    Sharron 24/06/2016
    Sharron 24/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "found this depressing"

    loved the first few chapters but found the rest very depressing and dark. not for me.

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    A M McAlorum 05/06/2016
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    "hard going"
    Would you try another book written by Kate Atkinson or narrated by Susan Jameson?

    yes


    Was Behind the Scenes at the Museum worth the listening time?

    on time and a half maybe.....


    Any additional comments?

    This book came highly recommended. It was a chore to get get through - thankfully I have a long commute and I can be as stubborn as a mule!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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