• Nora Webster

  • By: Colm Tóibín
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-02-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Colm Tóibín's new novel, read by Fiona Shaw.
It is the 1960s and Nora Webster is living with her two young sons in a small town on the east coast of Ireland. The love of her life, Maurice, has just died. Nora must learn how to forge a new life for herself, how to give her sons a future as she tries to hold onto the past. And, as Nora returns to memories of the happiness of her early marriage something more painful begins to intrude: memories of her own mother and what brought about the terrifying distance between them.
©2014 Colm Tóibín (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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3 out of 5 stars
By Brandy on 09-27-17

Mediocre story of an Irish widow

I found the story unengaging with little to recommend it other than the decent narrator.

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2 out of 5 stars
By E.M. Biggs on 03-21-16

Slow moving and tedious

I had to force myself twice to go back to this book and continue listening. The details of Nora Webster's life were so boringly ordinary, I couldn't imagine why the author had thought it a story worth writing in the first place.

The narrator was dreadful - especially in the men's characters. Her pitch was irritating, her tone inappropriate to the content of the speech and her stress quite unnatural.

I only bought this book as I had enjoyed Brooklyn so much, but I soon regretted it. Even my own life is more interesting than Nora Webster's and that is not saying much.

Recommend for those who get a special kick out of watching paint dry

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-13-15

Unexpected pleasure

Any additional comments?

I don't remember quite why I chose this title, but I am so pleased to have listened to it. The reading is atmospheric and the writing a precise and well executed study of a family, and in particular a mother reconstructing their world after the death of the father.
There are touching moments and some humour, but most of all there is the hum-drum of life made fascinating by wonderful writing and a perceptive mind.

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5 out of 5 stars
By penelopepurple on 01-11-15

I didn't want this book to end!

Where does Nora Webster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Within the top five

What other book might you compare Nora Webster to, and why?

A little like Jane Austen in that it deals with social relations, the influence of people on each other and tracks changes in the heroine

What does Fiona Shaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her voice gives an Irish sound and intonation which lends meaning and humour to the dialogues and internal monologue

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

I don't want to spoil the story.

Any additional comments?

This is a moving account of a widow beginning life on her own after the death of her husband. Nora is a beautifully drawn character, feisty and dignified. The story is a wonderful depiction of life in a small community where people are kind and interfering in equal measure. You would think it would be sad, but I found it uplifting and gently humorous

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5 out of 5 stars
By Juliet De Andreis on 04-10-18

Beautiful story of lost and recovery

A masterful writer - there is a restraint and a simplicity that is rare and powerful.

Fiona Shaw is my favourite all time narrator. I wish every Irish story were read by her.

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5 out of 5 stars
By christine on 04-05-17

A woman lost and found

What did you like most about Nora Webster?

This novel deals with the helplessness that many women feel with the loss of a partner. I enjoyed the main character's honesty.

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