How can the mysterious disappearance of Anne Flint in 1816 and the drowning of a young girl in a chalk stream so long ago possibly affect the life of schoolteacher Harry Flint some two centuries later? Having left his job and with a failed marriage behind him, Harry begins to research his ancestors. The deeper he digs, the more he realises that the past is closer than he had ever imagined. The Haunting is a story of love and betrayal, intrigue and murder. Where people are not what they seem, and the past is no more predictable than the future.
©2011 Alan Titchmarsh (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
I found this story very slow going and had to keep putting it down, but after 10 chapters or so, got into the story and then could not put it down.
It does go back and forth a lot in the dates and you have to keep up with it, I kept going back a chapter.
I love Alan Titchmarsh and have read all his books, also watch his TV shows and love him on them also, but found his voice reading the story, did put me to sleep! many a night I fell asleep and woke up next morning at the end of the story !!
Would I listen to him again reading a story, not sure.. Sorry Alan.
"An unusual one for Alan Titchmarsh"
I have read all Alan Titchmarsh novels and each is very different in its own way .
Never has he written one quite like this and initially as I started to listen I thought it would be difficult to keep up with the past and present switches with each chapter.As the story unfolds this was easy even if I only managed to snatch short bursts of listening time. The story is inviting and it slowly unfolds and delivers a good end. The characters are easy to be acquainted with and the book evokes emotions and allows you to imagine you are their in the characters place experiencing the life of the servant girl striving for a better life
"Beautiful story, beautifully read"
More unabridged Alan Titchmarsh titles please! He has such a lovely way of writing (and reading for that matter) that easily takes you in your mind straight to where and when he is writing about and describing so well. As he reads the story, your imagination whisks you away to the year 1816 one moment and brings you hurtling back to present day for the next chapter.
You follow the goings on of Anne Flint in 1816, a housemaid in the Manor House dreaming of being lifted to her ambitious position of Lady's Maid whilst cleaning the grates, and of Harry Flint in 2010, a school master at a school in Winchester who not only teaches History but has a true passion for the subject (as do I).
The fact that this book is read by the author himself and also that it is unabridged, meaning you miss out on nothing at all, is fantastic. I wish there were more unabridged Alan Titchmarsh titles to download. I'd buy the lot!
I loved this book, did'nt want to stop listening to it and it was made even better by Alan Titchmarsh reading it.
"Easy and undemanding"
I wasn't sure about this at first but I'm glad I gave it a go even if the author's familiar voice doing the reading is a little bit of a distraction. The story jumps between the present day and an early nineteenth century setting but the characters are clearly defined, so it's easy to keep track. My one grouse is that each chapter heading has a quote, which slows the action rather. The plot is a little predictable but overall it's a well-written and enjoyable listen.
"Another Plus for Titchmarsh"
Love the characters and plot lines. Also love the fact he narrates his books himself.
Usually books moving from one era to another annoy me but this one worked really well.I would highly recommend this or any of his titles. Easy and calming to listen to as well.
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