• by Mazo de la Roche
  • Narrated by Steven Cooper
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1944, The Building of Jalna is one of sixteen books in the Jalna series written by Canada's Mazo de la Roche. In The Building of Jalna, Adeline, an impulsive bride with an Irish temper, and her husband, Captain Whiteoak, select Lake Ontario as the site of their new home. De la Roche chronicles their trials and tribulations during the building of the house, the swimming and skating parties, and the jealousies and humourous events that arise.
This is book 1 of 16 in The Whiteoak Chronicles. It is followed by Morning at Jalna.


Audible Editor Reviews

Do you love Downton Abbey but find yourself wishing it were more…Canadian? Try Jalna, the first in Canadian author Mazo de la Roche’s 16-book series about the endless dramas of the Whiteoak family. The first in de la Roche’s hugely popular literary soap opera, Jalna spans 100 years of stormy Whiteoak family history on Jalna, the Ontario estate named after the town in India where the Whiteoak paterfamilias was once stationed as a British officer. Narrator Steven Cooper brings vigor and playfulness to portrayals of the Whiteoak family, inhabiting young cads and 99-year-old grandmothers alike.


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I found some of the characters to be unbelievable, one-dimensional and frankly boring. The narrator was OK but not the greatest--at least for this book. The plot was fairly well thought out...I just think the bones weren't well-fleshed out.
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- Tawnee Amos

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-18-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios