Listen free for 30 days

The Swimming Pool

Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

It's summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele, it offers freedom and leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle.

Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, basking in popularity. But is it too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? Could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?

©2016 Louise Candlish (P)2016 Recorded Books Inc

Critic reviews

"Exquisitely written and addictively dark, The Swimming Pool is sheer perfection." (Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go)
"Gripping from start to finish, it wrapped itself around me and swept me along in its wake. I loved it and simply did not want it to end." (Rosanna Ley)

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    31
  • 4 Stars
    35
  • 3 Stars
    30
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    6

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    32
  • 4 Stars
    32
  • 3 Stars
    26
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    5

Story

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    28
  • 4 Stars
    27
  • 3 Stars
    32
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    5
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Good enough

This was a good enough story to keep me entertained on my holiday. At first I was irritated because it read like some kind of cautionary tale for wives and mothers on the perils of daring to occasionally put yourself first or disobey your husband. I found Ed to be a joyless twit and a passive aggressive bully. Natalie is a wet blanket constantly questioning herself and feeling guilty and this is all very frustrating. Also the story was a bit slow sometimes. However I'm glad I kept going because the final chapter was a joy.

The narrator was lovely. She has a lisp which I quite enjoyed. Sometimes her emphasis was a bit wrong but it didn't bother me much.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it

I Just loved it! A nicely Different take on the genre, the characters were very compelling :) it kept me guessing till the very end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Throughly entertaining and beautifully written

I am fast becoming a devotee of Candlish this is my third of her books and I seem to enjoy each one more. There is a similar premise behind all I have read and that is portrayed in the characters Glimpsing some alternative existence that is both seductive and toxic. I love the way candlish uses buildings and neighbourhoods to create this and the way she populates her books with such exotic and ordinary characters juxtaposed together to play off each other. This book was very clever and the end twist totally unexpected. I also enjoyed the narration which was perfect in tone and intensity. I would easily recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant

Read it in two days. Absolutely loved it. A great holiday read. Would highly recomend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

you won't sit beside a pool & feel the same again

excellent from page one. totally refreshing storyline & plot. narration was first class. loved it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Terrible narration.

I have had to stop listening to this. The narrator has an awful breathless ‘off’ pronunciation, even of ‘Lido’, a very important word in this story. She can’t pronounce in French, not even Alain Delon, or the word Palazzo, and so on. She hasn’t prepared her reading, so that some sentences she obviously expects to end halfway through and she has to add on the second half when she is taken by surprise. Can anyone do this job or is there an audition? Terrible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Holiday listen

What did you like most about The Swimming Pool?

I enjoyed this as a holiday listen but I found the ending was a bit longwinded. The rest was good though and well narrated.