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Summary

Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008, The Road Home is the best-selling story of Lev, a middle-aged migrant from Eastern Europe, who moves to London in search of work after losing his wife and job. Lev's London is awash with money, celebrity and complacency. The world Tremain creates is both convincing and poignant.

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"'A man may travel far, but his heart will be slow to catch up,' a kebab shop owner tells Lev, a homeless and jobless East European migrant newly arrived in London. The interior life of displacement and loss remains centre stage in this tenderly narrated Orange prize-winner." ( The Observer)

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A terrific experience

I recommend this as one of the best audible books I've listened to in the last year (and I've listened to a lot of good ones). I rapidly became lost in the world of Lev and his progress to the extent that I almost felt I might bump into him in London next week. The mood of the whole book is exquisite and perfectly paced and Juliet Stevenson's reading makes a terrific contribution to this. I'm always wary of 'accents', which can get in the way. But the combination of her own great voice and her effortless characterisation of everyone really enhanced the experience. Fantastic and memorable.

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  • 29-06-13

Great story

Beautifully narrated by Juliet Stevenson, this book tells the heartbreaking but finally uplifting story of lev a Russian migrant. How hard life can be for some. Can recommend this book for a good read, but a bit slow in the beginning.

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The best audiobook ever?

I have listened to many audiobooks and I honestly think it would be almost impossible to better this one. There are two reasons I say this:

Frstly, I have only recently come across Rose Tremain and her books. She makes her characters very real and completely easy to empathise with (which is so important). She is also a comsummate story teller. This book shows both these things in spades.

Secondly, the perormance of this audiobook is quite exceptionally good. Juliet Stevenson is a truly gifted actor and her skill in portraying the different people in the story is quite outstanding. Also, I don't usually like musical interludes in an audiobook but those here somehow add to the narrative rather than detract from it.

The total package is therefore completely satisfying - I was so wrapped up in the book that (almost) everything else was ignored!

Brilliant.

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Beautifully written and beautifully narrated

I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of Lev and his journey home. The characters are so sensitively portrayed and Juliet Stevenson is quite simply the best narrator I have ever heard- her gorgeous voice can capture any accent/sex/age etc very accurately and the tone and nuances are always spot on! I actually search for audio books narrated by her now!!

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A treat

This is one of the most moving and enjoyable audiobooks I have had the pleasure of experiencing. The writing is spare, exact and beautiful and Juliet Stevenson’s reading is masterly, capturing all the accents perfectly and injecting just the right amount of pathos . It was a real treat!

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Rose Tremain is a superb storyteller

I was transported into another world and didn't want this story to end.
It's beautifully read too.

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A poignant tale

Beautifully read - a poignant story. Totally gripping. Some stories leave you feeling changed. I wanted the tale to go on.

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A really good book

This is really good book - just listen to it - and enjoy this story.

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Wonderful story beautifully told.

This book made me laugh and cry. I could listen to Juliet Stevenson for ever but the pairing of the two, the novel and her reading of it, is just genius.

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Fascinating

Why did I pay twice for this book! But I do like Rose Tremain's style. Very satisfied

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  • 21-02-11

OK - nice narration - good characters

NOt great - not an ear-turner, but interesting, great character development, and excellent narration. I am finding that excellent narration is hard to come by...

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  • 07-07-17

Best narration

I must remember the name Juliet Stevenson. She is a wonderful storyteller who acts out the characters in believable voices that I really enjoyed hearing. It was a fine enhancement of an already well told tale. Thank you to everyone who is involved in writing, editing, publishing, reading, and selling this book.

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  • 27-03-17

Very absorbing

The story flows well - a journey of one man learning to live after loss and build a new reason to live The dialogue makes this an entertaining listen and I related sympathetically to main character - Lev who is quite pathetic but also very funny.

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  • 21-11-16

Story interesting but for me it had too much sexi and strong language

Story interesting but for me it had too much sexi and strong language. Wish there were notes given for books mentioning WHY something might not be suitable for many. (?) readers

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  • 13-11-16

A poignant story beautifully narrated

My listening experience turned tragically ironic insofar as during it a Rumpelstiltskin bigotry against migration made itself manifest in the 2016 election in the USA, making the sad plight of the other more woeful than it already was.
As usual, Juliet Stevenson delivers a wonderful narration.

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  • 07-11-15

History destined to repeat

Complex, deep examination into the human condition and the plight of the refugee and disenfranchised.

A heartfelt tale with riveting characterization me - a thoroughly satisfying story.

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  • Heather
  • 17-09-12

A gentle story

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

It made me laugh and cry. It brings the life of those who seek a better life closer, Beautifully read.

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

Lev