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  • The Outcast

  • By: Sadie Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

1957, and Lewis Aldridge is travelling back to his home in the South of England. He is straight out of jail and nineteen years old. His return will trigger the implosion not just of his family, but of a whole community. A decade earlier, his father's homecoming casts a different shape. The war is over and Gilbert has recently been demobbed. He reverts easily to suburban life - cocktails at six thirty, church on Sundays - but his wife and young son resist the stuffy routine. Lewis and his mother escape to the woods for picnics, just as they did in wartime days. Nobody is surprised that Gilbert's wife counters convention, but they are all shocked when, after one of their jaunts, Lewis comes back without her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Elisabeth on 02-08-10

Gripping,sad, beautifully written and read story.

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Reviewed: 23-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I couldn't turn it off

What did you like best about this story?

The way it was read Narrator was excellent.
Fascinating account of a young boys life

Have you listened to any of Dan Stevens’s other performances? How does this one compare?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but wasn't possible with my schedule

Any additional comments?

Will look out for more read by Dan Stevens