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The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury

Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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Summary

From international bestselling author Marc Levy comes a witty and beguiling novel of one woman’s unexpected journey to follow her destiny.

Alice Pendelbury believes everything in her life is pretty much in order - from her good friends to her burgeoning career. But even Alice has to admit it’s been an odd week. Not only has her belligerent neighbor, Mr. Daldry, suddenly become a surprisingly agreeable confidant, but he’s encouraging her to take seriously the fortune-teller who told her that only by traveling to Turkey can Alice meet the most important person in her life.

What’s more, the peculiarly insistent Mr. Daldry has even agreed to finance Alice’s trip - one that against all reason seems to be predestined. It’s on this journey, crazy from the outset and strangely irresistible, that Alice will find out that nothing in her life is real, that her past is not true, and that the six people she’s about to encounter will shape her future in ways she could never have dreamed.

Revised edition: Previously published as L’étrange voyage de Monsieur Daldry, this edition of The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury includes editorial revisions.

©2011 Marc Levy. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Translation © 2019 by Chris Murray.

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  • Loves2Read
  • 20-02-19

Be sure to listen to sample

The story is entertaining and I am a Levy fan but I am one third into it and cannot listen to this narrator any longer. She has a lovely voice but narrates using a breathy whisper much of the time. Her style of speaking as though each sentence is a secret being whispered over the fence is just too distracting. So glad I didn't use a credit.

This is an addendum to the paragraph above which I submitted a couple of days ago. I skipped the audio and read the remainder of the book. It was charming and I was very pleased with the ending.

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  • C. A. Wise
  • 20-02-19

Enchanting!

Elizabeth Knowelden's narration is perfection. Marc Levy spun such an intriguing tale with twists and turns. My deepest gratitude to the author, the translator and the narrator. My pleasure is deep and much appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Granny Rose
  • 26-02-19

Good story that is marred by poor narrator

Alice Pendelbury's journey is a bit strange, but I enjoyed being along for the ride. Several interesting characters, and not all of their story lines are neatly tidied up. I could not tell whether that was by intention or the author simply didn't know how to pull them all together at the end. Regardless, it was an enjoyable story.

The narrator, however. Oh, how a narrator can elevate or bomb a story. She does a good job of distinguishing between voices and handling dialogue. But when reading text, things go downhill quickly. Breathy and over-dramatized as though she is reading to a child who needs hints on how to interpret what's happening in the story. This type of narration also leads to changes in volume level. If, like me, you listen while doing other things this means you can go from hearing clearly to having trouble distinguishing words very quickly. And because you don't know how long she is going to whisper, you end up changing volume levels often enough that it becomes tiresome. It's not a fatal flaw in this book, but it did impact my enjoyment of the story.

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  • GiGi Macasaet
  • 28-03-19

Her quiet articulate voice added to the strange story.

I have never heard an English accent sound so sexy. I liked the story was captivated so I followed Alice from England to Turkey from stranger to lover. I recommend this novel and I will remember it always.

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  • Jennifer L Johnson
  • 27-02-19

Slow start but enjoyable and fantastic narration

Slow start but enjoyable and fantastic narration

Worth a listen but not completely compelling. Nice

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 22-02-19

It was a sweet book

Being that I’m originally from the 🇬🇧 and my parents were children in WWII..when I started the book I had no idea where it was going. First I love Marc Levy and his other book, so I downloaded it without reading the summary. Sometimes that’s good sometimes it’s not..in this case I really liked “The Strange Journey Of Alice Pendelbury”

I loved the narrator, sometimes she was sing song in her narration, but I put it past and I also read a lot as well.

I don’t want to give anything away because surprises at the end are always the best, especially when you least expect them. Definitely recommended for all...

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  • Debra J Weston
  • 20-04-19

Another great read from Marc Levy.

This book was very enjoyable, it's the second book l 'be read by Marc Levy and I highly recommend it to any one. I'm putting both of on my book clubs Summer reading list.

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  • Jim Davis
  • 08-04-19

Great characters

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  • Julie Schwait
  • 07-04-19

A charming story, beautifully read

I was so enchanted by the reading and the tale that I kept walking my dog to get to the end of each compelling chapter.

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  • Linda
  • 04-04-19

Marvelous Story-Twist You Don’t Expect

Marvelous tale of finding your roots. It all starts with a fortune teller and a neighbor who constantly complains and winds up in Turkey. I love Marc Levy’s writing and he didn’t disappoint with Alice Pendelbury’s tale. It took a while to get going because it was just too normal but then when her neighbor inherits and insists that she go to Turkey, it all improves. A new country with new people and the way Alice sniffs things out. She is what is known as a ‘nose’ in the perfume trade. She makes perfume. The story is pleasant if a bit meandering but it keeps the interest of the reader/listener and leaves you feeling that you want more. There are no ‘blush’ scenes and the language is practically g-rated so squeamish readers should love it. I listened to the audible version and the narrator Elizabeth Knowleden is the perfect voice. Enjoy the journey.