At Home with the Templetons

  • by Monica McInerney
  • Narrated by Ulli Birve
  • 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking – and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so bohemian, unusual... peculiar even.
No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the sweetest of the Templeton children.
In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A dreadful mistake

Indulgent long winded drivel with characters performed in very irritating voices. Where was the editor's pen?
I return to Dickens to read improbable plots that entertain instead of making me wish for the immediate apocolyptic deaths of all the characters.
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- Julie

You'll only visit once

What made the experience of listening to At Home with the Templetons the most enjoyable?

The most oddly disfunctional group of people. There was wonderful narration ( except for that weird attempt at a Kiwi accent. Wow. It sounded more south african. ) and as with all of Monica McInerney's stories, you get involved with the people.


Would you recommend At Home with the Templetons to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Its not my favorite of her books. There is to much whining and self pity in too many of her characters and far less of the sheer fun that most of her books just brim with.


Which character – as performed by Ulli Birve – was your favorite?

None of them really. Absolutly not Greg the Kiwi


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. Unless you count the many times I just wanted to shake the self pity out of some of her characters.


Any additional comments?

I didn't hate it but its not a book I would listen to again. It wasn't awful but it was nowhere near her best and I usually love Monica's books. I think my copies of Lola's adventures are just about falling to bits I reread them so often.

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- Lindalovesbooks "I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-22-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd