• The Lost Garden

  • By: Mary Stanley
  • Narrated by: Mary Stanley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-07-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (4 ratings)

Regular price: $43.03

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Publisher's Summary

The face Esme Waters presents to the world is not the face she sees in the mirror. Even her three daughters don't know the truth behind her careful smile. But a chance meeting with a psychiatrist in Paris opens the first crack in Esme's mind. While her own children are falling in love, learning about loyalty, and rebelling against the rules, Esme discovers that sometimes the walls you build for protection need to come tumbling down.
©2006 Mary Stanley; (P)2007 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Complex and elegantly written." (Sunday Independent)
"A beautifully crafted story by a very gifted writer." (Sunday World Magazine)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 01-19-08

I loved the book

I have not been able to put it down..

A beautiful story written by a very gifted writer.

Esme Waters facinates me.. Her story facinates me.
and IMO Mary Stanley reads the book well..
I usually do not like it when an author reads a book.. Ms Stanley has changed my opinion..

Five starts for me!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mary Lynn Richardson on 01-16-08

Painfully amateurish

Painfully amateurish in both the writing and the reading. With unbelievable paper doll characters in stereotypic settings that can barely stand up.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Anna on 03-20-08

Edna O'Brien meets Emmerdale Farm

When I started listening to this audiobook I was surprised that the author was reading it - it soon became clear that no self respecting actor would touch it. This book is drab, tedious and badly written. From the overly detailed descriptions of the clothes worn by it's two dimensional heroine to the tired old Irish Catholic theme and the shallow psycho babble - it's dull dull dull. The pseudo intellectualism of the protagonists is laughable and the whole scenario reads more like an exercise in wishful fantasising than a serious attempt to tackle difficult though overused material. The sugary and unskilled voice of the author narrating her poorly constructed sentences make this an infuriating and unpleasant listen. If you are looking for good literature -don't waste your money.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Christine on 07-09-08

The Lost Garden

A gripping story I found it a sensitive and moving, tense but also uplifting.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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