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So Much Life Left Over

Narrated by: Avita Jay, David Sibley
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of So Much Life Left Over by Louis de Bernières.

Rosie and Daniel have moved to Ceylon with their little daughter to start a new life at the dawn of the 1920s, attempting to put the trauma of the First World War behind them and to rekindle a marriage that gets colder every day. However, even in the lush plantation hills it is hard for them to escape the ties of home and the yearning for fulfilment that threatens their marriage. 

Back in England, Rosie's three sisters are dealing with different challenges in their searches for family, purpose and happiness. These are precarious times, and they find themselves using unconventional means to achieve their desires. Around them the world is changing, and when Daniel finds himself in Germany he witnesses events taking a dark and forbidding turn.

By turns humorous and tragic, gripping and touching, So Much Life Left Over follows a cast of unique and captivating characters as they navigate the extraordinary interwar years both in England and abroad.

©2018 Louis de Bernieres (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks
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Brilliant Novel

This is Louis de Bernieres on top form. I had not read 'The Dust That Falls From Dreams' before this so have just ordered it. Even so this reads exceptionally well as a stand alone novel that is sweeping in scope as it covers a turbulent time in our national story. I loved the characters and listened to it, more or less, in one sitting with headphones glued to my ears. I feel so much renewed respect for the generations that populated the novel and really hope there is the planned third instalment.

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What happened to the end????

Was really enjoying this story, then suddenly it ended. Seemed there were loose ends all over the place - did Louis get bored of writing it. What a shame!

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great book, very well written (as ever)

really enjoyed this book even more than the one preceding it, great character writing and understanding of human experience, thought provoking and life affirming, great research incorporated without overwhelming narrative, LDB is in my opinion one of the greatest writers ever

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A beautiful tale from a master-craftsman

Utterly engrossing sequel to The Dust That Falls from Dreams. De Bernieres manages to create and sustain characters, great and small, that draw you in and leave you wanting to know more. And, as ever, with de Bernieres novels, it’s the voice of the characters who drive the tale. The settings of Eltham, Ceylon, India, North Yorkshire and Nazi Germany viewed from an evolving middle England are but a bridge for a gambit of emotions to be played out. Life is here - passion, love, sorrow, fear, confusion, tragedy, joy, worries, regret, and hope in abundance. A delight to read and, in the hands of David Sibley and Avita Jay, a pleasure to listen to. Thoroughly recommended escapism. Loved it.

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Gripping story

Brilliantly written, timeless characters, strong women, heartbreaking yet hopeful, lessons to be learned. Outstanding landscapes and storyline.

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Perfect second in the trilogy.

I have listened to both books, The Dust That Falls and the So Much Left Over and loved them both tremendously. I have laughed, cried and been appalled. I can’t wait for the third book.

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Wonderful, engaging, full of wisdom and warmth.

Another must read (or listen) from Louis de Bernieres - so many questions still to be answered - please may there be a 3rd soon. I thoroughly recommend this at once comforting and stirring book - a great sequel to The Dust That Falls From Dreams.

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Moving tale

Beautiful tale and well read. I especially enjoyed the female reader. You don't have to know the first book to enjoy this.

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Beautiful

Such a delight. Made me laugh and cry. Beautifully written. I do hope there’s another one.