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The Trick to Time

Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
Length: 9 hrs
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal, read by Fiona Shaw. 

Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boardinghouse. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart. 

Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again? 

The Trick to Time is an unforgettable tale of grief, longing, and a love that lasts a lifetime.

©2018 Kit de Waal (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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I didn't want it to end. Fabulous novel.

This book captivated me from the first few sentences right to the end. I really was sad when I finished listening and the story has stayed with me since.

The characters are wonderfully drawn out and they, and the story arc, are absolutely believable. The story takes place both in the present and at various times in the past, each episode in the past shedding light on some aspect of the story in the present.

This is both a love story and a study of grief and mental ill-health. The aching hole at the centre of the'heroine's' life is nicely resolved in the final section and I was totally surprised at the way in which this happened. Very clever plotting and beautiful prose.

Fiona Shaw's narration was masterful and I shall certainly seek out more of her work in future.

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Simply beautiful

Mesmerisingly beautiful. A heartbreaking tale that I couldn’t put down.

The reader is taken into Desdemona’s world and falls completely in love with this kind and gentle woman to whom life has dealt a cruel hand.

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The outstanding Fiona Shaw

I think I might not have enjoyed the book quite so much if I read it to myself - but Fiona Shaw brought every sweet nuance of Mona to life ....... I was enchanted by her, by her waywardness, by her faithfulness, by her Irishness ............. A very touching book

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Wonderful

Easily one of the best books I have read this year. Simple yet powerful storytelling. I didn’t want it to end and neither will you (if you have any taste).

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Beautiful

So beautiful and tender, I didn’t want it to end - only made more mesmerizing by Fiona Shaw’s beautiful voice.

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Worth persevering

Patchy, found the first half hard going- bit dull and saccharine and not helped by the narrator's dodgy English accents (I know she's a Great Actor but ...) and I took a break.

However I'm glad I went back to it because the second half is much better, harsher, absorbing and faster paced.

Some reviewers have mentioned a twist at the end but I didn't notice a twist so don't be disappointed by its absence.

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A five-star audiobook

What a heart-achingly good book. Like My Name is Leon, Kit de Waal has written about a really sensitive issue with compassion and integrity. Her style of writing is simple, to the point and incredibly clean, neat and tidy - de Waal is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. The detail in this book is so sad yet there’s always a strong suggestion of hope. Simply beautiful narration by Fiona Shaw.

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Brilliant

Fiona Shaw is a brilliant narrator , her ability to draw you into the story & to keep you captured in its twists & turns is second to none .
Kit de Waal writes beautifully. Intriguing story & description has you painting each person & scene . 5* all round .

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odd story

I thought the book was well written and I enjoyed the detailed descriptions. I just found that despite being a sad book I didn't really care about the character very much. The jumps in time were confusing in the audio version. this probably would have been clearer in the physical book.

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very moving

wonderful book which brought me to tears and was full of so much real emotion. such a difficult topic beautifully explored.

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A precious book.

CAUTION for some listeners. Do make sure you enquire carefully to realize what it is about. You may not be ready for it, yet.
But I am very glad that a courageous writer has written , face on, about something that happens to many of us.
And I respect the writing of a truth and all the confrontations with reality all of us MUST eventually make, with kind, persistent help.. to keep going and to find purchase on the river bed of life.
Thank you.

My breathless admiration too for Fiona Shaw’s skill. I know she is a peerless actor from Becket to Potter but this reading is like Art.
Mind you, it was a bit confronting to be watching her amazing acting in “Killing Eve” at night and listening to her on Audible being people in such a remarkably different story. That’s a fine actor for you.

Go girls. Keep bringing us stories that swing the spotlight round to such utterly different points of view and drawing attention to ways of being that are never shown and acknowledging skills seldom appreciated.
And demonstrating to us all that you can, must, survive.