Must You Go?

  • by Antonia Fraser
  • Narrated by Sandra Duncan, Gareth Armstrong
  • 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Celebrated playwright Harold Pinter and critically acclaimed biographer Antonia Fraser lived together from August 1975 until his death 33 years later, on Christmas Eve 2008.
Must You Go? is an eccentric, hilarious, and often moving testimony of their life together, based partly on Antonia Fraser's own diaries and also her own recollections of their fascinating life together. It is, above all, a compelling love story.


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a major disappointment

I ordered this audiobook before it was released in expectation of a great "listen." What a disappointment. The book consists of diary entries over a series of years: snippets each about 2-3 sentences long, with no synthesis or reflection ... just a catalog of events very sparingly presented. The result is tedious and ultimately infuriating coming from a writer of this caliber. I stopped listening mid-way through part 1. The author seems entirely absorbed by the fame of many of the people she met through Pinter and never hesitates to drop names and quotations, as though just knowing she was present among these people and heard them utter bon mots would impress a reader/listener. After she met Pinter, she left her husband and 6 children without a thought as to the consequences of her actions on any of them, and her children appear rarely in the text, briefly described, usually only by their clothing. Is this indicative of normative childrearing behavior for Scottish aristocrats, or the another indicator of the author's total self absorption...hard to tell.
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- Catherine

Good writing; bad narration

This is a book I'm likely to enjoy more on paper than in audio. As a longtime Pinter fan, I'm interested in Fraser's story of their love affair and marriage, and the fact that the book is taken largely from her diaries makes it seem especially immediate. This narrator, though, reads nearly every sentence in an affected upper class drawl. It's tedious and distracting at first and finally really irritating to hear the simplest sentences delivered in an arch and condescending tone. This may be the was Fraser speaks, though I doubt it, but it makes for bad narration. I couldn't finish listening to the book, but I might buy the paperback when it's available.
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- Catherine "Avid reader, picky about narrators."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2010
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks