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Summary

The Beach Hut follows the stories of the families who come to Everdene each year, people who fall in – or out – of love, remembering their pasts, or trying to forget them…There’s Jane Milton, left only debts by her husband, and forced to sell the beloved beach hut that holds so many happy memories; Sarah; for whom fidelity has lost its appeal; and Harry, suffering from the anguish of first love when he falls for Florence – who has grown up to be far more alluring than she ever used to be.

©2010 Veronica Henry (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Beautifully read

This audiobook is beautifully read by Julia Franklin - she voices all the characters perfectly and really brings this story alive. Unfortunately, I did not particularly like any of the characters and lost interest in their lives. I do feel that a perfect 'chick lit' novel should completely engross you in the story and lives of the characters so that you feel a real sense of loss when you have finished listening or reading (listen to Erica James 'the Hidden Cottage' for a perfect example!). This was not the case with this book, the characters lacked depth and I also felt that Veronica Henry failed to portray a convincing picture of the coastal setting. I never really felt like I was there by the sea, or in the characters lives.

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  • gg
  • 14-06-11

Great summer read

great read ,full of quirky story lines and lots of interesting charachters who all get what they deserve in th end..Warm,funny but with a story line that gives it an edge .Maeve Binchy transported to Devon and given a make over....

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Another good story from Veronica Henry

If you could sum up The Beach Hut in three words, what would they be?

Funny, light hearted, compelling

Who was your favorite character and why?

I couldn't name just one, as there are multiple characters all interlinked. I really liked hearing about all the different characters and their points of view on life, family and experiences. I thought it was clever how she put everything together.

Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I havn't, but I enjoyed this performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Overall I enjoyed the book, it was compelling, I couldn't stop listening.

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A romantic story with some unexpected twists

Where does The Beach Hut rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Some breathtaking descriptions of the coastline, beautiful images are conjured by the narrative and a story that has many twists and turns along the way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beach Hut?

The discovery of why the house was of such importance to the new owner and what it had signified.

Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Excellent narration as ever, with very distinct characterisations

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some very sad moments in the book, but others that made you truly smile with pleasure.

Any additional comments?

A great holiday read.

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A beach hut haven for many lives

A beach hut haven for many lives that are cleverly woven together as the book progresses.

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Good easy listening

Good book to listen to.
The narrator doesn't have a wide range of voices but is still easy to listen to.

Would recommend a listen.

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Wonderful story.

This is a clever story telling of many different families and their life in their beach hut. As usual Julia Franklin does a lovely job of reading. A lovely introduction lead in and you are captured into wanting to listen to what will happen next. A very happy and cheerful story, no fighting!! I recommend this book with no reservations.

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The best

I absolutely loved this book, different stories, all complete, all completely different yet coming together as an overall story. Roll on the next Veronica Henry.

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Terrible Narration

Had been looking forward to listening to this book, but had to return it a few chapters in, as the narrator has an irritatingly terse, rushed and snobby voice, with frequent, annoying sharp intakes of breath. Very disappointing.

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Slow Burner But Worthwhile!!

This is another perfect audiobook for holiday listening by Veronica Henry, and is as good as "The Long Weekend" (which I previously listened to), albeit somewhat different in its approach.

Set in the coastal town of Everdene, we are introduced to a series of characters that all in some way have a connection with one of the many beach huts - some owners and some hiring them for a short stay. The main focus is on the Milton family and Jane Milton, and explores their relationships which normally ends up leading to a fair amount of tense situations. There are also many other secondary characters and stories that appear to be self-contained initially, but eventually intertwine with other characters and their stories. This is performed seamlessly by the author.

For me, "The Beach Hut" was a slow burner of a story, that got better and more interesting the more I listened. Yet again, Henry's storytelling ability and imagery is first rate. She is excellent at engaging the reader/listener, and I found this a both easy and enjoyable listen.

Julia Franklin's narration was pleasant and apt throughout. Recommended!

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  • Frances
  • 12-05-12

A good summer listen

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is chick lit to appeal to a wide age range. This is not just about twenty or thirty-somethings but ranges across the love lives of teenagers to pensioners. A great read for the beach (says something in the title), you'll sail through it. It's not howl with laughter chick lit but it is has pace and interesting characters with interesting snippets of their lives to keep it going plus a seaside setting. What's more to like than a bit of sun, sand, sea, surf and a row of brightly coloured beach huts - I want one! No seaside town is complete without a hotel, pub, restaurant or ice cream stall and that essential ingredient children.

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  • Lisa M Franzen
  • 17-11-21

Disappointing

I really loved this author's book about love in a Bookshop. Very engaging warm characters carefully intertwined. Sadly there isn't a likeable character in this entire book. I almost never stop reading or listening to a book before finishing it. However after three hours with this book- I'm done. I will say the narrator is quite good.

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  • janet
  • 08-10-12

loved the Beach HUT

Would you listen to The Beach Hut again? Why?

Definitely. nice uncomplicated story bringing in many different characters that came alive as you encountered them. Guess its not a great strain on the brain, but a feel good book.
The narrator was excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

the many twists and turns and the pulling together of it all in the end

Which character – as performed by Julia Franklin – was your favorite?

i dont really have a favourite

If you could rename The Beach Hut, what would you call it?

maybe Huts plural

Any additional comments?

All Veronica Henry's books are feel good, happy reads