Marking Time

  • by Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Narrated by Jill Balcon
  • 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At Home Place, the windows are blacked out and food is becoming scarce as a new generation of Cazalets takes up the story. Louise dreams of being a great actress, Clary is an aspiring writer, while Polly, is burdened with knowledge and the need to share it. This is the sequel to "The Light Years".

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Gentle, but Compelling

I have enjoyed both this book and its predecessor in the quartet, _The Light Years_, for its range of characters--mostly sweet and kind people who are flawed in relatable ways. The narrator is excellent. These are books that I don't have to tune into every day, as the plot continues gently and is more about the thoughts and feelings of the many characters than about exciting development, but I find myself becoming more and more drawn in as the books proceed. I feel connected to the characters and think about them, almost as real people, even when I'm not listening.
I am looking forward to the final two in the series.
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- Sarah A. Peyronnin

Cazelet Chronicles Book 2

This is my second time listening to the Audible edition of Elizabeth Jane Howard's Cazelet Chronicles and I am loving it!
Actually, I'm finding it immensely more enjoyable the second time, as there are details I completely missed the first time around.

If you like the sort of novel that moves you steadily toward a surprising climax and then puts it satisfyingly all back together again by book's end, then you might want to skip this one.
For that matter, you should skip the rest of the books in the Cazelet Chronicles all together.

Howard is a genius in creating multidimensional characters that you can see (or hear) coming to life - deceitful , perverse, quiet or noisily ambivalent, and dishonest, yet, as in real life, these same people can be forthright, candid, kind, charitable, and self-sacrificing

I love UK WWII historical fiction, however Howard's books are less about the actual war itself. She seems to prefer it be a backdrop to her novel's formation of its characters.

This, and the rest of the Chronicles, are for you if you love family sagas, especially the English "Home Front" during WWII.
I love it!
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- Teresa AnnElizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios