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The Snakes

Narrated by: Abigail Thaw
Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Snakes, written by Sadie Jones.

'I wonder if it hurts them to shed their skins,’ she said. She didn’t feel afraid standing in the darkness, imagining snakes, even with the smell of death in the air.

Bea and Dan, recently married, rent out their tiny flat to escape London for a few precious months. Driving through France they visit Bea’s dropout brother Alex at the hotel he runs in Burgundy. Disturbingly, they find him all alone and the ramshackle hotel deserted, apart from the nest of snakes in the attic. 

When Alex and Bea’s parents make a surprise visit, Dan can’t understand why Bea is so appalled or why she’s never wanted him to know them; Liv and Griff Adamson are charming and rich. They are the richest people he has ever met. Maybe Bea’s ashamed of him, or maybe she regrets the secrets she’s been keeping.  

Tragedy strikes suddenly, brutally, and in its aftermath the family is stripped back to its heart, and then its rotten core, and even Bea, with all her strength and goodness, can’t escape.

©2019 Sadie Jones (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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A very good listen

Kept my interest throughout but if I were to be picky I thought the first 2/3 were very realistic and natural while the ending seemed
contrived and rushed. But well worth a listen.

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irritating

Started off great. Got to the point where the author tries to vilify political views she disagrees with in an inane way and went straight off it. Either engage with politics in an interesting and substantial way in fiction, or just stick to writing an interesting story.

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Quite a nasty little tale!



I enjoyed reading Sadie Jones’s ‘The outcast’ (2008) some 10 years ago, and noted that today it was the only other novel of hers that Waterstones of Piccadilly had on the shelf.

The milieu of London, of death, the need to be credible and the compromises made or not; family pressures, urban regeneration, slum landlords - all these factors reminded me of my recent reading of Tessa Hadley’s latest novel ‘Late in the day’, and I note that Abigail Thaw also narrates the audible version of Hadley’s book.

Thaw’s reading is right on the money - and her characterization of the father Griff is particularly good.

So no plot spoilers but the slowish start winds into quite a nasty little tale - all very nicely done!

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Spoilt by ending

What a pity - this is a case of a book of two halves. It’s like two separate books have been put together. The first two thirds are really special, interesting, fascinating and suddenly the plot doesn’t fit. So disappointing . The editor should be shot. The performance and writing are good, it just doesn’t make a single book.

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Wow

What an ending!!!! Not much sleep that night! Addictive, intensely moving. More please! A well told - perfectly spoken to heighten the emotion. A must listen to.