• by Penelope Lively
  • Narrated by Josephine Bailey
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Consequences is a love-story-times-three that opens on the eve of the Second World War with a chance meeting in St. James' Park, London. Wholly in love, Lorna and Matt leave the city for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together is shattered when the war begins and by Matt's tragic death in action. Twenty years later, their daughter, Molly, happens upon a forgotten newspaper - a seemingly small moment that leads to her first job and, eventually, a pregnancy by a wealthy man who wants to marry her but whom she does not love. But it is her own daughter, Ruth, who begins the journey that will take her back to 1941 and a redefinition of herself and of love. Told in Lively's incomparable prose, Consequences is a powerful story of growth, death, and rebirth and a study of the previous century: its major and minor events, its shaping of public consciousness, and its changing of lives.


What the Critics Say

"Intricate, heartbreaking, and redemptive." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Lively's] greatest her ability to...grasp the unchanging essences of life....A writer like Ms. Lively [is] worth treasuring." (The Wall Street Journal)
"[Lively's] characters are beguiling, and her blend of romance and stinging social commentary is tonic." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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I remember now why this is my favorite Lively

I first read this book in 2009. It was the first book I had read by Penelope Lively. Since then I have read and enjoyed many other novels by her but never came across one I like as much as this one. So much the case that I thought maybe I was overstating my enthusiasm for Consequences, perhaps remembering it to be something better than it is. But no. Listening to the audio version not only reminded me why I love this book, but it makes me love it even more.

It's a Multi-generational saga of a slightly non-conformist family in England. Action begins in the 1930s and ends in the early oughts.

Wasn't a big fan of the narrator. Quite robotic. But not so annoying that I didn't enjoy it.
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- Thomas J. Otto "Thomas Otto"

Lovely book but not a classic

I've been reading through some of the great English authors: Trollope, Dickens, etc. Penelope Lively is not in their league. But she creates a lovely story here, and it is worth reading.
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- Amazon Customer "KathrynVB"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio