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Once it had been the great forest of Lythe--a vast and impenetrable thicket of green. And here, in the beginning, lived the Fairfaxes, grandly, at Fairfax Manor, visited once by the great Gloriana herself. But over the centuries, the forest had been destroyed, replaced by Streets of Trees. The Fairfaxes have dwindled, too; now they live in Arden, at the end of Hawthorne Close, and are hardly a family at all.

But Isobel Fairfax, who drops into pockets of time and out again, knows about the past. She is 16 and waiting for the return of her mother--the thin, dangerous Eliza, with her scent of nicotine, Arpège, and sex, whose disappearance is part of the mystery that still remains at the heart of the forest.

©1997 Kate Atkinson (P)2014 AudioGo Ltd. Published by Random House Audiobooks

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Brilliant

An absolute joy! The combination of Kate’s writing and Susan’s narration is sublime. Hours of enthralling listening.

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Well written but confused

The initial plot seems a bit like her first novel but with less focus. By the end more and more characters are added and I found myself lost in a careering plot. I suspect it was me not seeing the underlying subtlety but ai saw no reason the narrator changes from first person to third person and back again. At the end things seem summed up quickly and unsatisfactorily. A rather frustrating listening experience with bursts of vivid entertainment.

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Fabulous and thought provoking

A truly fabulous book that causes you to question the very nature of your conscious mind

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mystical, mundane and wholly marvellous!

loved this exquisitely written tale of loves, lives, truths and secrets all spun in a web of parallel reality. The narrator was just fantastic with a stunning array of accents. Kate Atkinson's story telling is unique, inventive and dazzlingly intelligent.

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Cannot get enough of Kate Atkinson!!

What did you like most about Human Croquet?

The narration,utterly perfect for each character. Susan Jameson really does it an absolute justice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vinnie- her character and remarks absolutely creased me up! oooh and Mrs Baxter.

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The characters voices really worked for me. I would absolutely listen to her again, fantastic actress and Narrator.

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Excellent book

Another gem from KA. An unusual story which tackles many difficult issues which in the early post war years were never spoken of but carried on behind closed doors causing distress and anxiety to many. One of the authors best and most beautifully read/ performed.

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another great story

I love Kate Atkinson books, the way she jumps and leads you hither and thither and you wonder where on earth she's going and then when it hits you and you think - how clever is that! loved this book, I had to buy hard copy as well so I can really enjoy it all over again at my own pace!

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I find the inter- twining of lives and stories absolutely remarkable. So clever as to be mind bending. The narration makes the stage complete. Just wonderful.

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Fantastic narrator perfect for spellbinding story

Absolutely loved this - so imaginative - could go on for hours about the storyline and the philosophy and history woven beautifully through it by Kate Atkinson, but I especially wanted to comment as I was so impressed with the quality of narration. As an audible production involving a spot of time travel, some complex emotional themes and a very varied range of rather dark characters it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without the huge range of voices and accents by Susan Jameson - I could picture each person perfectly. I will shortly be making my first search by narrator! Highly recommended.

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Very Enjoyable

Really enjoyed the story line. Typical Kate Atkinson style, often going off on a tangent, but the story draws you in, gathering momentum at the end. Great characters and loved the narrator - she really brings the book to life. Definitely recommend