• Five Quarters of the Orange

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-03-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.4 (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the widowed Framboise moves back to the village of Les Laveuses, where she grew up, she is pleased to discover that no-one recognises her. She soon forges a new life for herself there, and before long has established a profitable creperie. All is going well, until her profiteering nephew realises that money can be made by publishing a collection of Framboise's increasingly popular recipes, left to her by her mother, a woman despised throughout the village. For the book to be a success, her true identity must be revealed, opening the flood gates to a past life and painful childhood memories.
©2001 Joanne Harris (P)2001 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks
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"If Joanne Harris didn't exist, someone would have to invent her." (Sunday Express)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Gina on 01-13-07

Poorly edited

Please remind me not to buy another abridged book. This one was shortened to the point that you lose all the suspense and characterization that I assume the author put in the original novel. If this book isn’t available as an audio book in the unabridged form, read it on paper.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Janicew on 10-22-09

Give this one a chance-you will be glad you did!!

Five Quarters of the Orange is a testimate to how life experience changes one's perspective. A young Franboise Dartigen and her mother, Maribell experience the classic love and hate relationship many mothers and daughters struggle with during their youth. Maribelle a seemingly callased and bitter woman is left to manage the family farm and raise her children after the death of her husband during during WW II. This novel dialetically reveals a story of young people using their own natural resources to survive in a less than ideal situation, secrets that lead to their family demise, and a daughter coming to understand her mother. Joanne Harris offers vivid imagary that captivates. Along with a vulnerability throughout this novel, Joanne Harris writes honestly about what was really goes on inside family homes. A slow read at first, make yourself push through the first thirty pages, you will be glad you did.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Neil Y on 06-11-18

Love Joanne Harris and This Book

I always loved this book, so decided to listen to it. It really transports you back in time to France during the occupation, it is so very French. Love the story and characters. Not so keen on Rula Lenska's narrative, although she is obviously good at the accents, didn't find her that engaging to listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-07-17

Joanne Harris never disappoints.

This is my first audio book. Thought it would be good for a car journey. It certainly was!

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