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Blackberry Wine

Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Summary

Disillusioned by adulthood, and longing for the past, Jay Mackintosh's memories are revived by the mysterious delivery of a home-brewed bottle of wine, from long-vanished friends.

Intoxicated by the recollections it evokes, Jay escapes to a derelict farmhouse in France, only to find himself facing old demons. There is also the beautiful Marise, a woman who hides a terrible secret, and their deepening mutual attraction to contend with.

©2000 Joanne Harris (P)2001 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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"Enchanting." ( Women's Journal)

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Very Joanna Harris - you know what you are getting

Where does Blackberry Wine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I liked this book - the abridging did make me feel I had missed quite a lot of detail and the traversing between different times made it hard to get into. When you settled into the plot though it was lovely. Unsuprisingly, Harris takes this book to Larncany, the citing of many of Harris' books. I would have preferred some more character development, but that may be due to abiding. I liked where the story headed to.

What did you like best about this story?

Harris wrote well for a male perspective and I liked the detail of description.

What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love his tones of voice and his emphasis on words was spot on for me. Lovely to listen to.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some rye laughs and it felt comfortable to be with these characters

Any additional comments?

Generally enjoyable - not to challenging and as I say, if you know Harris, you know what you will get.

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Abridged!!!

I listened to this for my Book group and was disappointed to realise that it was abridged. I cannot find anywhere that mentions this. Hearing from people who read it i realised they had enjoyed it more. Some fairly major plot lines were totally skimmed over. I wouldn't choose to listen to an abridged book, especially not for book group.

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A good listen

I love Joanne Harris and I enjoyed the narration of this, A good buy and an enjoyable listen.

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The most wonderful story

I have read this book about 5 times over the years and still love it. It's like coming back to an old friend. It is beautifully written and the characters are brought to life with depth and charm. I find the whole story very evocative and thought provoking. A really lovely read.

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BlackBerry wine

Beautiful!!! Such a lovely story bringing back memories of childhood and countryside. I am great lover of wine and could taste and smell the descriptions. The story was beautifully read and brought to life, often a a story is ruined by the narrator but not this time. Loved every minute and Will listen again and again which is rare for me.

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  • 10-07-08

Read the book instead

I don't normally like abridged versions and this proved why. The book is much more enjoyable and fills in all the little gaps that this reading has. If you've read the book, I don't think you'll enjoy listening to it. If you haven't you really might enjoy this.

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  • Meri
  • 10-10-13

A Pleasant Surprise.

What did you love best about Blackberry Wine?

The narrator

If you’ve listened to books by Joanne Harris before, how does this one compare?

It's almost as if she's afraid to really take a risk. I've read several of her books. This one feels like Harris-lite. Still, it's worth the time.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the boy realizes his friend is missing.

Who was the most memorable character of Blackberry Wine and why?

the wine

Any additional comments?

I love the conceit that the story could be told from the point of view of a bottle of wine.