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The Hearing Trumpet

Narrated by: Siân Phillips
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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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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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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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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  • regan halas
  • 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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  • Rebekah Santiago
  • 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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