A Closed Eye

  • by Anita Brookner
  • Narrated by Prunella Scales
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born to elegant but frivolous parents, Harriet grows up ignored and unguided, and retains a curious innocence that neither her marriage to Freddie Lytton, nor her friendship with the beautiful Tessa can dispel. Freddie is far older than she is - a companion rather than a lover - and slightly disapproving of Tessa and her irresponsible, attractive husband, Jack. Yet all four are bound together: by their backgrounds, their children, by Harriet’s unspoken feelings for Jack and by the tragedy that lies in wait for all of them.


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Would you listen to A Closed Eye again? Why?

I would love to reread this book, it's a simple but at the same time very intriguing story. It is as if Brookner is inside her characters, an inside which is rather blank except for chilling winds of emptiness.

What other book might you compare A Closed Eye to and why?

I think this is a typical Brookner novel, in a positive way.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Prunella Scales?

Anyone, Scales is terrible at this, she does not manage to give the characters in the story a personal voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- sigrun "reader & writer"

The Late Great Ms. Brookner

Please don't take my word for it--I'm a Brookner fan and am happy to listen to anything she's written. No real story? No problem. Lots of brilliant moments and profound insights. Similar to her other books? Well, why else would I read it? Essentially depressing? The truth often is. The narration is exceptional and the book weaves Brookner's spell as always.
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- Steve M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios