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The House We Grew Up In

Narrated by: Rachael Beresford
Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

From number one best-selling author Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs, Watching You and Then She Was Gone.

An unforgettable story about a family with a terrible secret.

When a tragedy breaks a family apart, what can bring it back together?

The Birds seem to be the perfect family: mother, father, four children, a picture-book cottage in the country.

But one Easter weekend, something happens - something so unexpected, so devastating, that no-one can bring themselves to talk about it.

The family shatters, seemingly for good.

Until, years later, they are forced to return to the house they grew up in and to confront what really broke the family apart.

©2020 Lisa Jewell, Rachael Beresford (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Awful narration.

I liked the book and the premise. The narrator was absolutely AWFUL. The accent of the Irish character in particular very nearly made me unable to continue to listen to it. I persevered however as I wanted to hear the rest of the story. I can't believe it was approved as a release by such a respected author though.

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Sadly, not to my taste

Very long winded family tail that culminates in a rather daft conclusion with very little substance.

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lovely

loved this book, about family struggles fallout guilt and eventually getting back together. I loved the ending too.

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Amazing story

Lisa Jewell is my favourite author and this book does not disappoint. I am not finished but cannot stop listening to it. I am completely drawn into the story. However I have to say that the narrator does not live up to the quality of the story. There are frequent mispronunciations, her accents are truly awful and her reading is almost monotone. It doesn’t detract from the fantastic storyline though but I am surprised that this audio version was so poor.

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I loved it!!

Although this was not the psychological thriller I thought it would be, the story was full of intrigue with a element of menace. I felt is showed insight into mental health issues and how dysfunctional the family became because of this. Unlike other reviewers I didn’t find the narrator annoying, yes, a few mispronunciations and ‘off’ accents but I throughly enjoyed listening to her. Reminded me of some of Barbara Vine’s of novels - I will certainly listen to it again at some point in the future.

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Not bad

I quite enjoyed the storyline, although I didn't find it as gripping as other books by Lisa Jewel. The performance though.... this reader needs a serious lesson in certain dialects! Every time certain characters made an appearance, I found her voice grating on me as her accents were so off!

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Narration Let it Down a Tad

First point I would like to make is that this is probably not a thriller (although it was marketed as such) I would be almost tempted to call it a family saga. That being said, the story was enjoyable and easy to follow. I know this has been mentioned by a few others but the thing that let this book down was the narration. The accents were so bad they laughable for example; Jim from Gateshead (who would have had a Geordie accent) instead sounded like he was from Halifax in some places and Cornwall in others. The same for Kayleigh who was meant to be Irish and Jason who was Austrailian. I am surprised that this was not picked up during recording. There were also a number of words mispronounced or stumbled on. This isn't really the narrator's fault as it should have been picked up on.

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Appalling Narrator

Good story. I have really enjoyed all of Lisa Jewell's books that I have read, although this narrator has been the worst I've heard. Her pronunciation is appalling "fillings" ended up being"filings" & what the help were the accents meant to be?! The geordie character Jim, lurched from Geordie, to Irishman then to Yorkshire. please don't use the narrator again...she completely ruined a great book

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Annoying reader

The reader of this audiobook made an absolute hash of accents and misread a few words. Quite irritating when I’d been especially looking forward to hearing this story by one of my favourite authors.

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Interesting but a bit disappointing

I wasn't sure about this book. The narrator's voice was quite annoying at times and the accents we're off. But I persevered to the end. I'm a bit torn as it was definitely an interesting insight into the mental illness of hoarding, and the messy dynamics of family relationships. The character development was really good and believable - I found myself laughing on agreement at times. But I found the explanations at the end quite lacking and disappointing. There was also a lot of jumping about in time and that was confusing at points, meaning I had to go back to previous chapters to check where we were and what was going on. Overall, not too bad but not terribly enjoyable.