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The Beautiful Visit Audiobook

The Beautiful Visit

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Publisher's Summary

On the eve of an unusual voyage, a young woman reviews her life. Her story begins with a 'beautiful visit' to friends in the country which serves as an awakening experience. What follows is an account of her struggle to retain the mood of her visit.

©1950 Elizabeth Jane Howard; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Carl Smith
    11/09/09
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    "depressing and boring"

    I've always liked this narrator, which is why I gave this a try. Mistake. I listened to over half of it expecting something to catch on but finally skipped to the end to see if there was any kind of ending. I just don't get what the author was aiming for. The central character's life is so joyless and hopeless. Her way of resolving this is to take a big risk on something and then the book ends. All I could think is, I hope that works out for her.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Ellen
    Minneapolis, MN USA
    06/01/16
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    "I loved this"
    If you could sum up The Beautiful Visit in three words, what would they be?

    Well, first of all I refuse to "sum up" this book in three words. That really is ridiculous. Any work deserves more respect than that.

    This is really what I call a "vertical" novel. There is relatively little horizontal or chronological "action" that propels the plot. It's not that kind of book. The development goes downwards, (or upwards, depending on your perspective) deeper into the people and places that inhabit the story. Think Graham Greene. Think Gaskell.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Howard is fantastic with character and place. I love her people. I care about them and even the enigmatic, keep me interested.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well, she is, hands down, THE BEST. I would listen to anything she cared to read.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this is for everyone. Certainly not for those who must have something "happen" every moment. There are relatively few "dramatic" instances. Like Gaskell, she often examines quiet lives/

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    15/08/16
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    "Profound"

    This is not for people who love action packed narrative, but if you enjoy deepening your knowledge and understanding of the human condition, come to this book. The narrator is The Best. No contest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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