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Summary

Surreal and splendidly unconventional, The Hearing Trumpet is an apocalyptic fairy-tale quest about an occult old ladies' home and the spry nonagenarian who ends up there. After coming into possession of a hearing trumpet, 92-year-old Marian Leatherby discovers her son's plans to send her to a nursing home. But this is no ordinary place.... Here there are strange rituals, orgiastic nuns, levitating abbesses, animalistic humans, humanistic animals, a search for the Holy Grail, and a plan to escape to Lapland and knit a tent....

Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington's novel is an exhilarating journey brimming with laugh-out-loud humor and absurd lunacy.

©1976 Leonora Carrington (P)2017 Naxos AudioBooks

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Sublime

The great feminist classic, gloriously irreverent, screamingly funny and superbly read by Sian Phillips. Life is not complete without reading this novel.

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Very different, magical in a strange way.

Not sure what I expected but it is an interesting read. Very female led which is great, can be a bit confusing towards the end. Would love to hear other people's views and analyses of this book.

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Silly rubbish

It started well but then deteriorated into balmy rambling. Don’t waste your time listening to it.

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Fell apart

I was led to believe this was a different take on Alice in Wonderland. The start is interesting and we’ll written but it quickly begins to be a chore to listen.
This is despite it only being 7 hours long. The author clearly completely runs out of ideas and I had to force myself to the end hoping something good happened- it did not.
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An okay read...

A quirky character driven story. I felt it didn’t meet my expectations that were made from what other people told me of it. I liked it but it wasn’t very memorable but it does have a strange ending. In my opinion, this book is a marmite book you will either love it or hate it. There is no middle ground with this one I’m afraid.

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Not for me

It feels quite dated. A hippy era book. The mystic, spiritually seems a little contrived. It didn’t make laugh either, but humour is an individual taste.

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  • 12-01-21

fantastical ride

I can't say that I followed a plot so much as that I simply enjoyed the ride. From bearded ladies to the Spanish Revolution to werewolves saving the grail. The narration was absolutely perfect.

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  • 10-12-20

Odd and Marvelous - One in a Million

I can honestly say that this is one of the oddest books I've ever read but in a very good way. The narrator was outstanding. I hope anyone who glances at this review will take a chance on this book. You will not read another one like it.

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  • 13-05-21

Fascinating

A wonderful surrealistic fairy tale with wise old women at its center. A great listen.

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  • 23-02-21

Delightful

First off the narrator was excellent. I hope she does more books. Her voice was just perfect!!

The storyline and writing was wonderful! What an interesting view of what growing old must be like. I really enjoyed this book. Nice job!

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  • 26-11-18

A unique story by a unique mind.

I so much enjoyed this light-hearted, often comical, well-written and skillful story. So entertainingly laying bear the foibles of humanity from the perspective of a ninety-something adventuress.

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  • 10-12-17

Old woman's daydream?

Brilliantly performed. The voice actress kept me engaged. The story itself started very much normal than took a drastic dip into fantasy out of nowhere. Interesting to say the least.

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