Regular price: £1.99

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
OR
In Basket

Summary

"Why do you want to be a boat builder?"

"Because," said Morwenna, "I like the way the boats grow."

Morwenna and Corwin are eight years old, wind-swept and salty-haired twins growing up on the Devon coast. In the soft autumn light, they play as their grandfather, Matthew, watches the boats come in. But it is a day unlike any other.

Bringing Stan In is the short-story prequel to The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester. If you liked this, you’ll love the full-length novel.

©2015 Julia Rochester (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    54
  • 4 Stars
    55
  • 3 Stars
    54
  • 2 Stars
    27
  • 1 Stars
    13

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    68
  • 4 Stars
    47
  • 3 Stars
    47
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    11

Story

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    49
  • 4 Stars
    39
  • 3 Stars
    50
  • 2 Stars
    28
  • 1 Stars
    15
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Short sweet tale of life and death

A simple tale that tackles how different characters react to a death. The story took a while to get going, but the narration kept me listening. Rather quaint, but not show-stopping.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Not bad

I cannot say it was the best story but it was nice enough to listen. Nice narration.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

wanted more.

lovely little story. but wanted more. was good to have a quick listen for a change

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thought provoking.

This book is certainly thought provoking, exploring the way in which children perceive death.

Thoroughly enjoyable, thank you.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

A simple story of life and death

This short story is a simple one. There's some attempt at description but I felt it was not very engaging. Perhaps more suited as a children's story. There's a small moral to the story.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

hope springs...

I have thoroughly enjoyed this story and never truly realised how much I needed to hear it today... shalom ~~~ <:)))))>< ~~~

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • JB
  • 15-11-16

Boring story

Sorry not enough in this to keep me listening, boring story with no ooomph.......... Yawn yawn yawn

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Emotional Listning

What did you like most about FREE SHORT STORY: Bringing Stan In?

It kept me interested thruout

What did you like best about this story?

pulling on the heart strings

Which character – as performed by Avita Jay – was your favourite?

All the characters played a very good part

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

yes i welled up

Any additional comments?

give it a listen its worth the effort

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Cried most of the way through.

Incredibility emotional story with very few words said. Insight in to friendship and death. Child's point of view at events gives it a different perspective.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Mr
  • 13-10-16

not my cup of tea.

A story with no begining, middle or end and not even a character of interest.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Slim
  • 26-04-16

OK book

I decided to give this free chapter audio book a try might as well I mean figure I listen to it and see how it is. I thought this book was an okay book to listen to .

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rachelle
  • 15-09-16

Sweet story

not at all what I expectedbut it pulled me in. very sweet. loved the names corwin and morwinna

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Meagan Whimsical
  • 29-09-15

Good-ish

What disappointed you about FREE SHORT STORY: Bringing Stan In?

The story seemed to short. It was also hard to get into.

How could the performance have been better?

she did great. However, when she started acting out the different characters it got awkward. She has a great natural voice with a pleasant accent.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Annie
  • 16-09-15

Surprised by joy

A world of lives in a very short story. Wonderfilled! So many perspectives knit together in a tightly woven net.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-08-15

Bringing Stan In

Nice, story a must read for new members will surely follow from beginning till the end

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-15

A short story with heart

I found this short story good, but nothing outstanding. I did enjoy the humbling moment at the end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • R. Tula
  • 09-04-17

Dealing with Death

Would you listen to Bringing Stan In again? Why?

Yes, It is a good little short story to contemplate what death is. How it affects people and how the innocent observations of children are good coping skills.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that it took me through the death and funeral process.

What about Avita Jay’s performance did you like?

I noticed her dialect was different and wondered if it was part of the setting for the story?

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Stan's Departure

Any additional comments?

It would be a great animation story to teach children about death. It is also great for adults who are not quite sure how to share death with young children.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Tammy
  • 29-03-17

good for the price

Way too short but you get what you pay for, it was free.
28 minutes of broken plots but I feel the author will get better

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Erin Michelle Ross
  • 15-03-17

Endearing piece

Matthew helps his eight year old granddaughters cope with the death of a local man. Through this process, Matthew comes to understand the importance Stan had it his own life. If you're looking for a quick and easy read, this text should do the trick.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • christopher
  • 12-02-17

great story would recommend this to anyone

great short story perfect setting potrays the sharp contrast between life and death perfectly .