The Fountain Overflows

  • by Rebecca West
  • Narrated by Harriet Carmichael
  • 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The lives of the talented Aubrey children have long been clouded by their father?s genius for instability, but his new job in the London suburbs promises, for a time at least, reprieve from scandal and the threat of ruin. Mrs. Aubrey, a former concert pianist, struggles to keep the family afloat, but then she is something of a high-strung eccentric herself, as is all too clear to her daughter Rose, through whose loving but sometimes cruel eyes events are seen. Still, living on the edge holds the promise of the unexpected, and the Aubreys, who encounter furious poltergeists, turn up hidden masterpieces, and come to the aid of a murderess, will find that they have adventure to spare.
In The Fountain Overflows, a 1957 best seller, Rebecca West transmuted her own volatile childhood into enduring art. This is an unvarnished but affectionate picture of an extraordinary family, in which a remarkable stylist and powerful intelligence surveys the elusive boundaries of childhood and adulthood, freedom and dependency, the ordinary and the occult.

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Charming, entertaining and poignant

I enjoyed the story of the artistic and high-minded if chaotic Aubrey family. The father in his great struggles for the underdog and less noble speculations in commodities; the musical mother and her kind-hearted and highly strung character and the children, each with their own foibles. Through in the exaggeratedly Scots-speaking cousin, murder, poltergeists and mind-reading and you are in for an enjoyable listen, nicely read by Harriet Carmichael.
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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-01-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios