Night Waking

  • by Sarah Moss
  • Narrated by Jane Lambert
  • 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Historian Anna Bennett has a book to write. She also has an insomniac toddler, a precocious, death-obsessed seven-year-old, and a frequently-absent ecologist husband who has brought them all to Colsay, a desolate island in the Hebrides, so he can count the puffins.
Ferociously sleep-deprived, torn between mothering and her desire for the pleasures of work and solitude, Anna becomes haunted by the discovery of a baby's skeleton in the garden of their house. Her narrative is punctuated by letters home, written 200 years before, by May, a young, middle-class midwife desperately trying to introduce modern medicine to the suspicious, insular islanders.
The lives of these two characters intersect unexpectedly in this deeply moving but also at times blackly funny story.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very good read

I really enjoyed this book. To begin with I thought I might become too annoyed with the self sacrificing main character, but thankfully she resists many of the expections put upon her as a woman. The humour within the text helped make this an interesting exploration of the complexities of some women lives. The narration was good, and by the end I wanted more.
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- Amazon Customer

too many diversions.

What would have made Night Waking better?

ditching the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I found in the first chapter it was hard to know where the quote ended and the story began. started from the beginning twice.sticking to two themes instead of trying to encompass too much i.e., a mother trying to cope with two boys, the youngest sleeping for only a few hours in the night with her studying to write a book, or the finding of a baby's skeleton and its outcome or the letters by a woman from an unknown time period.

What will your next listen be?

ring of guilt by Judith cutler.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

didn't enjoy any of it..

What character would you cut from Night Waking?

all of them.

Any additional comments?

kept falling asleep.

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- Mrs. K. I. Richards

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-08-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios