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The Olive Tree Audiobook

The Olive Tree

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Publisher's Summary

It has been 24 years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, Pandora, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family.

At the difficult age of 13, her son, Alex, is torn between protecting his mother and learning the truth about his real father. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same once Pandora's secrets have been revealed....

©2016 Lucinda Riley (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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    Amazon Customer Norwich, United Kingdom 09/01/2017
    Amazon Customer Norwich, United Kingdom 09/01/2017 Member Since 2013

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    "how I loved this book."

    This book for me was a slow burn, but after a few chapters, I was hooked. The bit at the end with Lucinda & Harry are also really interesting

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 07/01/2017
    Marie 07/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "not the best"

    story was ok narrator was far too upper class . not the best listen, disappointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lou Tyrone 21/12/2016
    Lou Tyrone 21/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Could have been so much better"

    The accents are all 'frightfully posh darling' and it is grating to listen to, I only I suffered on as the story seemed intriguing. But for the greatest part of the book nothing happens! What I found amazing is that what is imagined in the characters thoughts is more exciting than what actually happens in the story. The suggested truth to the big puzzle of the story could have been so much more exciting than the eventual far fetched explanation. I've about 3hrs to go but I don't think I'll make it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05/10/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Poor narration"

    Harry was a very good narrator unfortunately Lucinda's narratives I found very irritating and wooden

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thevaal 19/12/2016
    thevaal 19/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "slow burner"

    at the beginning of the book I felt I could have easily not finished it....but by the end I was hooked and didnt want it to end and I miss the characters and what is happening in their lives

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sheila 25/07/2017
    sheila 25/07/2017
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    "great read"

    loved this book from start to finish,great story and loved the narration between the mother and the son Alex and also the comedy element.

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    Dee Jeffreys 24/07/2017
    Dee Jeffreys 24/07/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read"

    This is the second book I've listened to by Lucinda Riley,and enjoyed it will try another one.

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    Jeanette 25/04/2017
    Jeanette 25/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story as ever"

    Loved the story but found the male narrator a bit irritating he was a cross between Adrian Mole and Michael McIntyre. Great story though!

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    Sheila 04/04/2017
    Sheila 04/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "The Olive Tree"

    I just loved it from beginning to end.
    It was gosh what's going to happen next.
    Brilliant!!!!

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    White Rabbit UK 23/03/2017
    White Rabbit UK 23/03/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Not her best and I normally love Lucinda's books"
    Would you try another book written by Lucinda Riley or narrated by Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker ?

    Ideally not. I found Lucinda's narration very irritating. And lots of words mispronounced which was unexpected for someone speaking in RP English.


    What was most disappointing about Lucinda Riley’s story?

    It was predictable and slow and I felt that when the secret was revealed the characters reacted in an unbelievable way.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


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  • Karissa
    23/07/16
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    "Best Lucinda Riley Book - Perfect Summer Read"

    This is now my favorite book by Lucinda Riley. Prior to reading The Olive Tree, my favorite Lucinda Riley book was The Seven Sisters. But Riley's new contemporary novel quickly stole the place of favorite.

    Lucinda Riley creates intriguing character dynamics in The Olive Tree and focuses on character development rather than a sweeping story spanning the decades.

    This book is a perfect summer read. Set it Cyprus with a tropical locale this book is perfect to read poolside. The drama will keep you captivated throughout with plenty of twists and turns.

    I'm an avid reader of Lucinda Riley's book and the first few chapters I thought I had this one all figured out. But I turned out to be wrong and was pleasantly surprised with the twists in store.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Martha
    30/07/16
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    "A Different Style"

    I waited anxiously for another book from one of my favorite authors. This book is a family drama which is totally different from previous books by Lucinda Riley. It was well written but not just what you would expect as her other books. I do not care for family dramas very much. It almost is a different genre than the others that were more historical fiction .

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elice Lehmann
    SAN ANTONIO, TX, US
    02/11/16
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    "Nice, easy listen, cute story"

    Nice storyline. Sweet characters. Narrator was good except for the one American voice he tried to do. Thank goodness that person only had a few lines. It was ghastly!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jake L.
    16/08/16
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    "Enjoyable but not my favorite"

    I was drawn in by the plot however I felt like the authors world-views skewed every character. The plot and decisions made by each character seemed unrealistic and pretty outlandish. I had a difficult time finding a character I liked and respected.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Liv
    08/08/16
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    "Loved it"

    Nice family drama that keeps the listener wanting to know what happened. Written with scill and humour. I have ready all of Lucindas books, and though this differs a bit from the others IT is just AS good a book. Love the fact that Lucinda and her son narrated this themselves- and did a splendid job too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ckbrowser
    13/11/16
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    "Pass on This One"

    I have read all of Ms. Riley's books and it was all I could do to finish this one. Very flat story and characters until the last couple of chapters. Wasn't like her other books. Just droned on. Pass on this one and save the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nathalie Carr.
    NC
    04/10/16
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    "Standing ovation - bravo!"

    This book is published under two titles: The Olive Tree and Helena's story.

    The first book I read of this talented author was Hot House Flowers. Eagerly I searched for more stories and have consistently loved her work. Entranced by the Seven Sisters series, this book appeared unexpectedly.

    What courage it takes to depart from a tried and true genre. The Olive Tree still leaves me wanting more.

    Truly this book illustrates both literally and verbally the depth of her talents.

    Narrated by Lucinda Riley herself and her son - the story takes us to Cyprus as we join a family on their summer holidays. All families have secrets and secrets are bound to come out.

    If Lucinda ever decided she wanted a career change - she'd be snapped up as a narrator in a heartbeat. Her son does a superb job as well. Truly would love to spend a meal with such a talented and vivacious family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas
    12/09/16
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    "Lacking"

    Made me tired. A depressing story that lacked any real substance. Not what I was expecting from LR.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Imamomof4
    Thurmont, MD, United States
    24/05/17
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    "O.K. Casual Listening. Didn't Hate It."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to it in the background while doing other work and it was mildly interesting. But I could miss some of it and stay on track because it was quite predictable. As background noise it fulfilled it's purpose.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Lacked any character development and full of incongruous responses from mostly one dimensional characters. In particular, Helena, who is well educated & emotionally strong, professes to love her husband, William, more than anything and goes to great lengths to protect their relationship, yet he is little more than a conceited jerk who could not possibly engender such devotion from an intelligent woman, especially after his childish and petulant reaction to her revelation.


    What three words best describe Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker ’s performance?

    I didn't find either narrator's performance to be outstanding. Lucinda was fairly good. The man's voice was a bit harsh to my ears.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. Not enough substance for a feature film. It would be more fitted as a made for TV movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Saw many opportunities for interesting plot twists, but they never came. It is what it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holly
    United States
    20/05/17
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    "Terrible narration!"

    I usually like her books but the male narration on this one was so distracting to the story.... it was hard to concentrate. At the end you find it was the authors son. Nepotism???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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