The Barred Window

  • by Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by Simon Shepherd
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1993 and Thomas Penmarsh has lived in Finisterre, the house by the sea, all his life, sleeping each night in the room with the barred window. He's only 48 but has been an old man since one evening in 1967 when he lost everything he valued. However, now his controlling mother has died and he is master of the house. When Esmond, his cousin and childhood confidant, comes to live with him, Thomas is overjoyed - Esmond always looks after him. But is Esmond all that he seems? And why is he so concerned that Alice wants to come home too? Darling Alice, whom neither have seen since that fateful night 26 year ago ...

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The fading.

Would you listen to The Barred Window again? Why?

I would listen again as it would allow me to hear what I maybe missed before. The sags certainly does not run riot with your thoughts, but it allows you to become closer to those few characters who inhabit the stage.


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

There were several moments in the book that moved me. I became close to them all, even Esmond who, in the book parlance, was a cad.


Any additional comments?

Mainly, I felt the engineering of the book to be a let down. All the way through, the narrator can only act his part and effect what the script says to him and allowing him to give us the air of realism, albeit in a book. The fading of the book got to me and almost put me off. I do not blame the narrator. SOUND ENGINEERING!

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- T.J.Peabody

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-11-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios