Behind the Scenes at the Museum

  • by Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by Diana Quick
  • 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby....Ruby tells the story of The Family, from the day at the end of the 19th century when a travelling French photographer catches frail beautiful Alice and her children, like flowers in amber, to the startling, witty, and memorable events of Ruby's own life.


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Where does Behind the Scenes at the Museum rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this is so well written and really evocative of the fifties which is when I was born. Diana Quick narrates this so well. I debated which version to buy as there is also one narrated by Susan Jameson which is much longer and I can't work out why as both versions were unabridged.

What did you like best about this story?

An interesting story with twists and turns to keep surprising you and a story really well told.

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were moments that moved me but not one in particular

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- GillyD

Sad & funny truly wonderful

I've read the book before and had forgotten how truly beautifully it had been written I listened to it walking my dogs and got loat in the intricate characters a must read
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-11-2009
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks