Florence and Giles

  • by John Harding
  • Narrated by Laurence Bouvard
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A gripping gothic page-turner told in a startlingly different and wonderfully captivating voice. In a remote and crumbling New England mansion, 12-year-old orphan Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle and banned from reading. Left to her own devices she devours books in secret and talks to herself in a unique language of her own invention. By night, she sleepwalks the corridors and is troubled by a recurrent dream in which a mysterious woman appears to threaten her younger brother Giles. Florence becomes convinced that her new governess is a vengeful and malevolent spirit who means to do Giles harm. Against this powerful supernatural enemy Florence must use all her intelligence and ingenuity to both protect her little brother and preserve her private world.

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Gripping but incomplete? (Spoilers)

The story moves along at a clip but there are many unanswered questions which feel more the product of a rushed job than an attempt to maintain suspense to the end

Who chopped up the photographs in Mrs Grouse's room?
What were the true circumstances of the deaths of the children's parents (biological and step)?
What was the significance of the mysterious uncle's fiancée except as a feeble excuse to keep Florence illiterate?
Why was miss Taylor so seemingly desperate to be appointed governess?
What exactly happened to Miss Whittaker?
Why did Florence take the train - to establish a false trail for miss Taylor?

The use of language is interesting and captured well the secret interior life of a neglected but highly imaginative girl although so many neologisms did start to grate towards the end. Overall, an engrossing but ultimately u satisfying book but, then again, I admit I love to have resolved endings
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- Cee cee

Excellent

I could not stop listening brilliant storytelling. Listened in one day as I was gripped right the way through
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- Susanna Di Milo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2011
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks