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"I saw the strangest sight tonight." New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up - light as a star - and decides to take her home.
London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money, but he doesn't know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is his newborn baby even his?
New Bohemia. Seventeen years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love, but there's a lot they don't know about who they are and where they come from.
Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will end in either tragedy or forgiveness. It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.
©2015 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
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By Judith Seaboyer on 05-30-17

A fine reworking of The Winter's Tale, but ...

Where does The Gap of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Hard to say. I like the narrative--the novel is a lovely reworking of Shakespeare's wonderful odd pastoral romnance the Winter's Tale, but the narration is mixed, and much of it is awful, irritating.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrative and the weirdness of the genre that is romance.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

I don't know. There are several narrators. Perdita is ghastly, as is Xeno (Polixenes), as is Pauline (Paulina). Perdita's voice is squeaky and irritatingly childlike for a 16-year-old (or is she 18?). Her Southern American accent struck me as unconvincing, but it's not as bad as Xeno's upper-class English twit accent/tone. I stuck it out because I wanted to know what happened, but my advice would be choose the print version for this one. Pity.

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By bookylady on 12-09-15

A Masterful Retelling of A Winter's Tale

What made the experience of listening to The Gap of Time the most enjoyable?

A classic Shakespearean play was rewritten as a modern cautionary tale stuffed full of likeable and disreputable characters. Utterly believable and very compelling.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Pauline.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed , I cried, I worried for characters, I urged them on to do better, my heart ached for them, I cursed their folly. Overall I just became totally engrossed in this marvellous fictional world.

Any additional comments?

You don't have to be familiar with The Winter's Tale to enjoy this.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-05-15

What a rollercoaster!

If you could sum up The Gap of Time in three words, what would they be?

What a rollercoaster!

What did you like best about this story?

I particularly enjoyed the links to Shakespeare's 'A Winter's Tale' and also the clever resettlement of the story into the modern day. The narrators did an excellent job of performing each character. You always knew who was speaking and there was a huge amount of emotion conveyed with the words.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of these narrator's other performances yet.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. What price would you pay?

Any additional comments?

I saw Jeannette Winterson speak at the Cheltenham Literary Festival about this book and I was fascinated. This is an excellent performance and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I often found myself sat outside work for several extra minutes just to try and get a bit further in the story. I would definitely recommend this to any Shakespeare enthusiast and to anyone who wants to explore the theme of forgiveness.

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By Anonymous User on 05-30-17

Superb.

Superb. Exquisite, lyrical narrative. Emotive, beautifully timed narration. The narrators captured perfectly Wintersons sublime philosophical musings that intersperse the broader storytelling.

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