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Summary

Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.

©1989 Laurie Lee (P)2009 Random House Audio Books

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Wonderful Narration

I read this book as a teenager and couldn't decide whether to buy it anew on my Kindle or go for the audio version. In the end I felt to have Laurie Lee read it to me would be a bit special...and it was! I have listened to the opening section of the book may times as it is one of my favourite passages from literature. A wonderful, evocative book brought to life by its author.

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A very special experience

I read this many years ago and remember loving it, conjuring up a whole vivid lost world in wonderfully gentle prose. I wanted to re-read it, but to listen to it instead read by the author was pure magic. A classic, and my best audio book to date.

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Recreated a world that has long since disappeared.

Where does Cider with Rosie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Highly rated and really enjoyed the book

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the description of this world that has gone, especially from the point of view of a little boy. There was an added benefit of having Laurie Lee read it himself - I felt that this added to the book.

Any additional comments?

Lovely gently listen, full of lovely description and lovely people who just got on with the life they were born to without question.

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Wonderful

What a treat! I remember seeing and hearing a very old Laurie Lee on the TV when I was young and it was magic then as it is still magical to this now 70+ year old. I live in South Glos but have never been to Slad, even though I go to Stroud frequently; this has inspired me to remedy the situation and I will go there very soon. The wonderful Gloucestershire accent is all around me in my day to day life, thanks to Audible for the opportunity to appreciate it!!!

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Treat yourself

Theres a reason Laurie Lee gets studied in English class. His writing is as close to poetry as you will find from any author, perfectly capturing and evoking every mood and scene with the fewest of words and often using those words in surprising combinations. Having this book read by the author himself adds extra interest. He is no polished speaker. But his sympathetic, gruff, rural accent is a delight.

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From the Horse's Mouth

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I was almost put off buying this book by one review which said that the narration, by Laurie Lee himself, let it down and by another review that said his voice was "bored". Well each to their own. Lee would have been quite an old man when he recorded his reading. He also has a slight Gloucestershire lilt to his voice. This gives the narration a gentle pace and a warmth that lulls you into a state of peacefulness. I, for one, loved the narration. Further, getting it from the horse's mouth, you could not get a more accurate representation of this book.

Whilst Lee uses some flowery language at times, this is a lovely, well told, memoir of a time 100 years ago when the old world and the new were moving from one to the other. His candid and observant telling of events around about him in a small village in the countryside kept me hooked from start to finish. I highly recommend it.

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Pure magic!

Wonderful to hear the story narrated by the man Laurie himself in his later years. Adds a magical touch.

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  • 06-06-17

Recommended by a friend

I couldn't get into. I found the readers voice hard to listen to. so gave up early.

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  • Amanda
  • Wellington, United Kingdom
  • 11-04-13

Yawwwwwn!!!

For many, many years I've had a great desire to read this book and never quite got around to it. With my new found love of audiobooks I am rapidly catching up on all those books. Unfortunately, this is one of my first big let downs. At the back of my mind I sense it may actually be that the drawling and heavy narration by Laurie Lee himself has let this version down. I purposefully bought this version as i thought narration by the authour would bring something special to the book but he must have narrated his tale a million times and this shows in his tone. I have managed a very sporadic couple of hours but now I have no desire to go back... this version is deleted and gone for good. All is not lost though, I would still like to listen to his story. There are a number of versions for me to preview, next time I will listen out for a younger and more enthused narrator who canbring this classic tale to life for me rather than putting me to sleep.

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My favourite book

Beautiful unrivalled prose. I once had a chance to meet him in the local pub in Slad (“he’ll always buy a pretty girl a drink” they said with a wink) - and stupidly I didn’t go. My biggest genuine regret.

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  • Marianne
  • 23-08-14

A voice of the past

What made the experience of listening to Cider with Rosie the most enjoyable?

Listening to Laurie Lee read his memoir, Cider With Rosie, is like slipping into the early part of the last century. His voice, and his wide ranging use of metaphor, simile, and extensive vocabulary take one deep into the heart of an isolated Cotswold village, and it's tight knit (incestuous) community. A different time, and looked at from today, one that was far from perfect. Still, it is evocative and a world that is lost; and therefore worth recalling.

What about Laurie Lee’s performance did you like?

Hearing LL read his own work is like listening to Eliot read his. A treat.

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

too long

Any additional comments?

Marvelous

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  • Allyson
  • 15-09-18

It Grows on You

This memoir of a turn-of-the-century Welshman written and performed by the same person at an advanced age is rhythmically and melodiously performed but leaves one somewhat disatisfied. It's a first person glimpse into life in a poor family in the beginning of the 1900s through probably the beginning of World War II. For that reason it's edifying, but somewhat disturbing in it's frankness about sexuality of a young and growing male. This reader happens to be disappointed at the interjection of what sometimes seems unnecessarily gratuitous sexuality into everything nowadays. The character development was insightful, anyway.