Falling Slowly

  • by Anita Brookner
  • Narrated by Eleanor Bron
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Beatrice considers herself to be delicate and sensitive, idle and confused. Forced into early retirement, she has an unashamed and romantic desire to be rescued by the ideal man. But Beatrice's only family is her orderly sister, Miriam.

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A True Artist

Brookner's artistry is mysterious. In book after book, she writes about women (and sometimes men) who live largely lonely, unfulfilled lives. The books are not especially eventful (walks through parks, an aborted excursion to Paris, a dinner date that leads to little) but somehow she makes them tense and filled with psychological and emotional urgency. She usually doesn't describe place, and there's a lot of summary. Her books tend to be quite short. And yet, every novel is rich, vivid, accurate, and intense. Her perceptions and insights about the nuances of behavior rival those of Henry James--referenced repeatedly in this book. This is a true artist who found her voice, subject matter, and milieu and stuck with it. If you're looking for easy feel-good story arcs or big plotty novels, run screaming. Personally, I can't get enough of these novels. I don't care that they tend to blur together in my mind. What she does is so specific and elegant, occasionally funny, continually witty, the sentences themselves are so flawlessly composed without seeming forced, the work cannot be confused with anyone else.

They are splendid to listen to (although there are passages and epigrammatic lines you want to underline) and Eleanor Bron is ideal as a reader.

This isn't one of my favorites, but who cares? It's still more effortlessly intelligent and beautiful, more deeply satisfying than 90% of what's out there.
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- Steve M

One of her best stories

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a big fan of Anita Brookner and have read all of her books. This is one of my
favorite. She writes of the lonely, constrained lives of two sisters, both of whom have
ill-fated romances. No one describes loneliness better than Anita Brookner.
The narrator is excellent. This book is not for every taste, but it is an
involving and well told story.


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- Gary B. Bernstein

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios