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Summary

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 here 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 19th 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)2009 Random House Audiobooks

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Abridged too much - DON'T get the Audible version

The book itself was well-written and interesting, but the Audible version is rushed and incomplete. The reader was very good.

I didn't realise I had ordered an abridged version, which was my fault, but it was abridged to maybe 10% of the book. That is outrageous. Having listened to this snippet, I don't really want to buy the whole book as well. This means I'm very ill-prepared for the discussion our book club will have over it.

I think if something is abridged then Audible should say just how much of the book is in their version.

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Sheer Delight

Drawn immediately into the ordinary lives of a panoply of people who give us cause to reflect on life, its meanings and its outcomes. so much humour and pathos. More Kate Atkinson for me.

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Where does Behind the Scenes at the Museum rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this is so well written and really evocative of the fifties which is when I was born. Diana Quick narrates this so well. I debated which version to buy as there is also one narrated by Susan Jameson which is much longer and I can't work out why as both versions were unabridged.

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An interesting story with twists and turns to keep surprising you and a story really well told.

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

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were moments that moved me but not one in particular

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Sad & funny truly wonderful

I've read the book before and had forgotten how truly beautifully it had been written I listened to it walking my dogs and got loat in the intricate characters a must read

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a great author, beautifully read.

Diana Quick has captured every nuance of the terrific writing of Kate Atkinson. I have read Atkinson's books, but Diana Quick brings the writing to glorious life.

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Behind the scenes at the museum

A lovely book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator is excellent and brings the story to life. If you ever lived in Yorkshire (I did) then it brings back memories.