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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.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
To anyone unfamiliar with Elizabeth Jane Howard's work, the Cazalet Chronicles are wonderful books with which to begin, despite having been written quite late in her career. They follow the Cazlet family from 1938 until after the war has ended and to some extent are auto biographical. Her characterizations of the family members and her diaglogue for the children in the story are particularly accomplished and one is left enitrely convinced that these are real people and not just the producrt of the author's imagination. The awful Neville is my favourite - well, one of them anyway. The thing about these books is that they involve the reader/listener utterly and completely and one no sooner finishes one than one rushes on to the next to find out how things have turned out. Jill Balcon reads and interprets the boofks brilliantly: I cannot imagine anyone doing it better. Buy this series! If you love good, well crafted literature, you won't regret it!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I have downloaded confusion immediately!
The writing is superb and the narration fantastic. Don't get the abridged version I implore you!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Marking Time is a very entertaining story, brilliantly read by the late Jill Balcon. I am impressed by the way she is able to convey the voices of the different characters, who are entirely believable. The atmosphere of life in England in this epoch is very convincing.
I made the mistake of reading the book Casting Off and then buying the earlier audio book, which led to confusion. The Cazalet Chronicles should be read in chronological order!
This audio book would appeal to anyone who enjoys Elizabeth Jane Howard's works.