In 1904, six-year-old Polly Flint is sent to live with her aunt’s in a house by the sea. Orphaned shortly thereafter, Polly will spend the next eighty years stranded in this quiet corner of the world as 20th century rages in the background. Throughout it all Polly returns again and again to the story of Robinson Crusoe, who, marooned like her, fends off the madness of isolation with imagination.
Like previous Gardam titles will skew to female listeners and Anglophiles. An ideal choice for book clubs.
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If the reader was good.
The reader was so mannered, she sounded like she was reading an airline safety manual. We had to stop listening after 10 minutes.
I don't know.
I would like my money back!
- M. Wilson "tea-time"
Great book, terrible reading
If it had a different narrator.
Nothing. I love her books.
No. She reads the text in a sing-song voice with no animation or inflection, more like a librarian at story hour than an actor giving a performance. Characters aren't given unique accents or voices, other than a generic dropping of the vocal range for male characters. I love Jane Gardam and it was so frustrating to find this book unlistenable. I couldn't get past the second or third chapter.
Could I have a refund?
- A. Traverso