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The Gap of Time Audiobook

The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)

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Publisher's Summary

"I saw the strangest sight tonight." New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up - light as a star - and decides to take her home.

London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money, but he doesn't know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is his newborn baby even his?

New Bohemia. Seventeen years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love, but there's a lot they don't know about who they are and where they come from.

Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will end in either tragedy or forgiveness. It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.

©2015 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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    bookylady 09/12/2015
    bookylady 09/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A Masterful Retelling of A Winter's Tale"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gap of Time the most enjoyable?

    A classic Shakespearean play was rewritten as a modern cautionary tale stuffed full of likeable and disreputable characters. Utterly believable and very compelling.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Pauline.


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

    I laughed , I cried, I worried for characters, I urged them on to do better, my heart ached for them, I cursed their folly. Overall I just became totally engrossed in this marvellous fictional world.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't have to be familiar with The Winter's Tale to enjoy this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "What a rollercoaster!"
    If you could sum up The Gap of Time in three words, what would they be?

    What a rollercoaster!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I particularly enjoyed the links to Shakespeare's 'A Winter's Tale' and also the clever resettlement of the story into the modern day. The narrators did an excellent job of performing each character. You always knew who was speaking and there was a huge amount of emotion conveyed with the words.


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

    I have not listened to any of these narrator's other performances yet.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. What price would you pay?


    Any additional comments?

    I saw Jeannette Winterson speak at the Cheltenham Literary Festival about this book and I was fascinated. This is an excellent performance and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I often found myself sat outside work for several extra minutes just to try and get a bit further in the story. I would definitely recommend this to any Shakespeare enthusiast and to anyone who wants to explore the theme of forgiveness.

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    AndreaK 20/10/2017
    AndreaK 20/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    I enjoyed the story, though I found it hard to see the parallel with The Winter's Tale at times. I also found the different narrators a bit disconcerting when two readers spoke as the same character. the epilogue analysing Shakespeare's plays interesting.

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    Zoe Towers 04/10/2017
    Zoe Towers 04/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "fantastic version of winters tale."

    Loved it. Highly recommend. My first audio book and finished it so quickly it is that good.

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    Chuck DeLacroix 02/05/2017
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    "Exceptional"

    Spellbinding story and performance. A truly great interpretation of a brilliant masterpiece. The readers are all excellent.

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    fan 19/03/2017
    fan 19/03/2017
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    "Poorly written and awfully narrated."

    Hard to believe this was written by Jeanette Winterson. The narrative , though interestingly conceived is poor, the writing deeply annoying (specially the continual use of Yiddish phrases and Jewish characature, ). The male characters are for the most, indicative of the author's misandry. And surely, only children writing school story essays are allowed to write: "he said........", she said.........."......"he said .........."

    The reader(s) are consistently inconsistent in accents and pace - resulting In a mad jumble of poorly delivered lines.

    Surprisingly poor audiobook!!

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    DanieWP 29/12/2016
    DanieWP 29/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A compelling re - telling"

    I thought this re - imagining of a Winters Tale worked surprisingly well, given the unlikeliness of a rich child disappearing and re-appearing in the household of a poor black family in modern times. Curiosity about the achievement of the resolution drove me through some uneven performances (the older men all sounded like Sandi Toksvieg & the southern accents were awful). I will read the book now too.

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    David W. 01/12/2015
    David W. 01/12/2015
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    "Playing with prose"
    Where does The Gap of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is certainly amongst the top 10 audiobooks I've listened to all the way through.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Perdita because she is both wise and innocent.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Flowing, challenging and unusual.


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

    No this one needs time to reflect on between sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Never seen a Winter's Tale performed, maybe now it's time to close that gap?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M H Walters 13/12/2016
    M H Walters 13/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Upsettingly Bad"

    Despite the pseudo-academic introduction and conclusion this hackneyed Shakespeare retelling is as unfulfilling as it is badly written.

    With clunky symbolism, awkward phrase-dropping and patronising exposition throughout, it's almost impossible to hear the narrative past the author's smugness.

    Add to this that the narration is split between three performers and that these readings are uneven and inconsistent in characterisation and tone and you'll understand why getting to the end of this audiobook was as enjoyable as sitting through a piece of GCSE coursework.

    It is, at least, mercifully short.

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    30/05/17
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    "A fine reworking of The Winter's Tale, but ..."
    Where does The Gap of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard to say. I like the narrative--the novel is a lovely reworking of Shakespeare's wonderful odd pastoral romnance the Winter's Tale, but the narration is mixed, and much of it is awful, irritating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative and the weirdness of the genre that is romance.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I don't know. There are several narrators. Perdita is ghastly, as is Xeno (Polixenes), as is Pauline (Paulina). Perdita's voice is squeaky and irritatingly childlike for a 16-year-old (or is she 18?). Her Southern American accent struck me as unconvincing, but it's not as bad as Xeno's upper-class English twit accent/tone. I stuck it out because I wanted to know what happened, but my advice would be choose the print version for this one. Pity.


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