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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Audiobook

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry.

The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.

©1985 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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    Suswati 14/08/2017
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    "Weighing up the church and personal beliefs"

    Jeanette Winterson's classic semi-autobiographical story about growing up as a lesbian in a devoutly religious family shows the internal battle she had to deal with as a young girl. The exorcism scene is comically tragic as it's horrifying to think about how a girl is not accepted for who she is. An interesting story, but at times seemed a little repetitive.

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    Mrs Kate Evans Cardiff, United Kingdom 24/09/2015
    Mrs Kate Evans Cardiff, United Kingdom 24/09/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "I love everything Jeanette writes."
    What made the experience of listening to Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit the most enjoyable?

    I think it was enhanced by the author reading
    I think this always gives a more enjoyable experience, as the nuances and inflections are exactly as the authors intended.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit?

    Hard to say as I adore everything Jeanette writes !


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

    I have listened to Why be happy when you can be normal, and loved that, but I think I may be somewhat biased!


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

    The relationship between mother and daughter was particularly emotional for me


    Any additional comments?

    Next on my list is Sexing the cherry read by the fabulous Juliet Stevenson

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Elina Giebel-Inanloo 24/07/2016
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    "The novel that gave me my wings"

    This is one of the most inspiring and life changing novels I have had the privilege of reading and exploring. With creativity, emotion, passion and imagination, The writer / reader transports me into a beautiful world in which her fictional and nonfictional experiences help me develop a sense of identity and self. It is a beautiful and colourful novel, novel, which would have taken determination and courage to write and read, and every word was a pleasure to hear.

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    Gill R UK 12/10/2017
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    "Not for me"

    Dull to the point of failure to listen at all! Willed it to end.

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    Del556 13/09/2017
    Del556 13/09/2017
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    "A fruit salad experience"

    I had seen the (faithful) Television series but had not read the book. I am glad I did. As an older (heterosexual) man who was raised "in the faith", I found this book frighteningly well observed and painfully funny. I imagine that the many cohabiting female missionaries I met when young would also find it the same! Ms Winterson has created a masterpiece.

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    Susan E. 12/09/2017
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    "Superb!"

    Very funny, honest and open. I love the juxtaposition of humour and difficulty which runs throughout the narrative .

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    Mrspatriciacherry Devon UK 03/09/2017
    Mrspatriciacherry Devon UK 03/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Spot on."

    The descriptions of the Pentecostal characters were spot on and made me laugh, bringing back memories of my own Pentecostal upbringing.

    However I found the last chapter disappointing as it seemed to go right off the boil.

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    Adam Preston 19/08/2017
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    "Disjointed listening"

    Having read the book and seen the movie (20 or more years ago) I though I knew what to expect. But I found it more disjointed to listen to than read. Seemed like parts of the life story were missing and the many detours to mystical or biblical side stories I found confusing. Nevertheless the reading was perfect as you would expect when read by the author and it's an interesting story

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    Lesleyboyd scarborough, United Kingdom 25/06/2017
    Lesleyboyd scarborough, United Kingdom 25/06/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Gets even better second and third time around"

    I read this (and saw the TV version) many years ago and thought both were brilliant. having re-read this I found it to be even better and so had to read it a third time. This is a marvellous 'autobiography'. JW must have incredible resilience/ intellect - my admiration goes to her. A wonderful and captivating story.

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    gianluca 21/04/2016
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    "mildly satisfied about the book "

    I have read and listened to better books by J.W.
    this was her first book so I guess a style still looking for himself.
    Average overall.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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