• The Golden Age

  • By: Joan London
  • Narrated by: Daniel Koek
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-27-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Wavesound Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.3 (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Perth, 1954. Thirteen-year-old Frank, a refugee from wartime Hungary, is learning to walk again after contracting polio.
At The Golden Age Children's Convalescent Home, he meets Elsa, and the two patients form a forbidden, passionate bond. The Golden Age becomes the little world that reflects the larger one, where everything occurs: love, desire, music, death and poetry.
Subtle, moving and remarkably lovely, The Golden Age evokes a yearning for deep connection, from one of Australia's finest and most loved novelists.
©2014 Joan London (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"London’s tale is an extraordinarily rich symbol of transition." ( Australian Book Review)
"Our finest living writer of marriage and family life...her most accomplished and keenly felt work to date." ( The Australian)
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4 out of 5 stars
By A. Gander on 04-18-18

Shame about the narration

If you could sum up The Golden Age in three words, what would they be?

Understated, poetic, bittersweet

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golden Age?

The ending

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was monotonous and wooden, not to mention almost downright insulting to women when trying to adopt a female voice at times. Apparently older female characters sound like shrieking pantomime dames.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was a poignant ending that gave me a lump in my throat.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-04-18

A beautiful ensemble

The Golden Age is a beautifully told story of intersecting lives and cultures at a children's Polio Hospital in Perth. Revolving heavily around the young New Australian, Frank, the narrative provides a warm and diverse look into all of the different patients and families at the home. Most captivating are the glimpses of Ida and Meyer's experiences from their escape of both the Nazi occupation in Hungary, and the ensuing 'liberation' by the Red Army. London beautifully voices the fragile tension between memory and imagination as the Gold's try to make a new life in Australia, yet never allowing themselves to become complacent - "we Jews have to be on the lookout"

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