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Marking Time

Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

The sunlit days of the childish games and family meals are over, as shadows of war roll in to cloud the lives of one English family. At home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce.

And a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story.

Listen to more in the Cazalet Chronicle.
© Elizabeth Jane Howard; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic reviews

"Her saga offers an engrossing look at a unique period of history as experienced by a 'typical' English middle-class family whose shared adventures are engaging, sometimes heroic, and always authentic." ( Library Journal)

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    2 out of 5 stars

Very disappointing

After listening to the superb Radio 4 dramatisation of the first part of the Cazalet Chronicles I could not wait to find out more about the lives of the Cazalets so downloaded this abridged version. Unfortunately the reader does not bring the story or the characters to life in the way that the dramatised version does. After reaching the halfway point I felt very little for any of the characters and had little interest in continuing with their story. I will stick to the Radio 4 version and I would advise other listeners to do the same.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Yet another lovely story in the Cazalet chronicles

I was transfixed reading each the 4 books and now can listen to them as well. All the stories are a good reflection on the living during the periods 1930's - 1950's. It is lovely hearing the characters growing up, in the first book some of the children are born, By the last book, Casting Off they are all grown up and married. It is worth listening to them in chronological order to get the best value.

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    1 out of 5 stars

So much edited out it barely makes sense

whilst I am in no doubt that the unabridged version is as wonderful as all the rest of these amazing novels, this version of the audiobook has been edited down from over 18 hours to just over 5. there are times when the gaping holes in the story are almost painful. After much searching for the unabridged version it is clear that here in Europe we are unable to access it. so, just over an hour in, I have stopped listening and just bought the e-book.