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Grandmothers

Narrated by: Barbara Flynn
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

The new novel from Salley Vickers, best-selling author of The Librarian, available for preorder now.

A wonderful novel about four very different grandmothers - Blanche, who can't seem to stop stealing things from the local pharmacy; Minna, who just wants a quiet life in her shepherd's hut, though the local children have other ideas; Cherry, who's adjusting to life in a care home; and Nan, whose favourite occupation is researching funerals - whose lives and grandchildren become unexpectedly entangled. 

©2019 Salley Vickers (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Vickers sees with a clear eye and writes with a light hand. She's a presence worth cherishing in the ranks of modern novelists." (Philip Pullman)

"Vickers has a formidable knack for laying open the human heart." (Sunday Times)

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Heartwarming

Loved this story. Beautifully written with interesting characters , exploring a relationship that’s isn’t usually written about.
Wonderful narration by Barbara Flynn.

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Fascinating and beautifully crafted.

I loved this book and in true Salley Vickers style the characters really get under your skin. Perhaps because I am a troubled grand mother myself I felt great empathy with the protagonists.
We never learn what is killing Nan except perhaps old age but that thread of the story so hidden in plain sight from the other characters adds to the tension and intensity at the end. Beautifully crafted.

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A masterpiece of evocative storytelling

In this skilful interweave of narratives Sally Vickers has created a stunningly atmospheric novel.

I heard about this book when the author was interviewed on BBC R4 Women’s Hour. ‘Not just about or for Grandmothers!’

I loved hearing her characters’ inner lives, their interactions, the familial relationships and responsibilities.
Such a clever writer, using settings to which many of her readers would have also used as personal pilgrimages or rights of passage!

Great listening, but now I want to own the book & read her words for myself.


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Worth it for the acute observations

The grandmothers, Nan, Blanche & Minna, have close relationships with respectively Billy, Kitty and Rose, much closer than those between the children and their parents. All their lives become intertwined and they have fun expeditions, holidays, theatre trips and sleepovers - but surely I'm not the only grandmother listening who finds Sally Vickers' trio unrealistic in their physical energy & total absorption in their grandchildren?

Some of their trips and treats are slightly saccharine, and a Granny who drunk drives her grandchildren as Blanche did should not find her daughter-in-law's hostility unreasonable, as Blanche does. So there are limitations, but the whole is worth it for the scattered acute observations on topics such as the tricky relationship between an adoring mother and her son once that son is middle aged and the mother now an uncomprehending grandmother; the difficulties experienced by grandmothers observing what they see as parental failings of their grown-up children; of the pain suffered by 'other women' like Minna facing a childless old age having been thrown over by the married love of her life when he returns to his wife.

Overall, this is enjoyable, gentle, entertaining, thoughtful - although only sporadically thought-provoking. Barbara Flynn is a sympathetic, pleasantly modulated narrator without being spineless (often a trap), and she's excellent with dialogue.

Listening to Grandmothers is very pleasant on a day when it's drizzling, dank and dark by 4pm!

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Grandmothers

The best book I have heard for a long time! I loved the narration by Barbara Flynn as she has the perfect voice .I wish you could search Audible by narrator.

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excellent narration

Love love love this narrator please can we have more of her .lovely book also

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An Intriguing Story

I very much enjoyed this book which, held my attention throughout. I loved the author’s choice of language and attention to detail. By the end of the story I felt I knew the characters! Barbara Flynn’s narration was second to none!

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Grandmothers

They stories in the book were very good. Only it jumped across to different grandmothers too much. Sometimes hard to follow

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ABSOLUTELY AWFUL

I was determined to give this a good go after a bad start and persevered as long as I could. BUT........ I just couldn't continue.
The story is flat and boring. The characters are lifeless and the narration is simply dreadful.
Sorry. Not for me.

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A gorgeous book

I really enjoyed this little gem.
Like a lot who have read this, I am grandmother and I was drawn to it as soon as I saw it, an while reading/listening found I related to all three of the grandmothers in some way
Lovely feel good read, recommend