When Marnie Was There

  • by Joan G. Robinson
  • Narrated by Jan Francis
  • 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A major motion picture adaptation by Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Arrietty. Anna hasn't a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn't all she seems....
Sent away from her foster home one long, hot summer to a sleepy Norfolk village by the sea, Anna dreams her days away among the sandhills and marshes.
She never expected to meet a friend like Marnie, someone who doesn't judge Anna for being ordinary and not-even-trying. But no sooner has Anna learned the loveliness of friendship than Marnie vanishes....


What the Critics Say

"Beautifully planned, hauntingly written, these chapters hold a thrilling intensity.... The most striking novel in its genre since Tom's Midnight Garden." (Times Literary Supplement)
/"Extraordinarily potent fantasy...the climax is both thrilling and intensely moving." (The Spectator)
"Deeply perceptive." (Children's Book News)


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Customer Reviews

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A Blissful Journey Into the Mysteries ofFriendship

Would you listen to When Marnie Was There again? Why?

Because it is about love and the mysteries of time, reality and the bonds than can exist between people in the fragility of the present, the past and the future. This is a vivid picture of how an external landscape the internal world of souls it sets free to bond and to love.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ana because her journey from the unbearable isolation of depression to the freedom of love and fellowship is the lens through which all else is magnified and understood.

Have you listened to any of Jan Francis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Exquisitely modulated to form distinct and engaging characters.

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

Cry buckets of both sadness and joy - it has haunted me way after listening to it

Any additional comments?

One of the best books I have ever come across in 45 years of serious reading

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- cat1squared


l love this story and even named my daughter Marnie as I love the name too!
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- G Martin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-03-2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited