The Children's Book

  • by A. S. Byatt
  • Narrated by Nicolette McKenzie
  • 31 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Olive Wellwood is a famous writer, interviewed with her children at her side. For each of them she writes a separate private book. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, those of their rich cousins and of their friends are already inscribed with mystery...


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Magical and tragic - highly recommended

For an audiobook, the large cast of characters could become confusing to the listener. However, Nicolette McKenzie's superb dramatisation, fine tuning to accents and dialects, giving each character his/her own unique voice and personality, I soon knew everyone without having to be told "he said/she said".
I loved this book and all the stories - fairy tales and real life - will remain with me for a long time. The combination of A.S. Byatt's fine writing and Nicky McKenzie's skilled narration brought historical events (well researched and very informative) to life so that they seemed real to me and as if I'd experienced them first hand myself. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough.
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- Nancy Bowring

Definitely worth a listen!

If this hadn't been an audible book I doubt I'd have ever finished it! This is a huge, meticulously researched and detailed book in which A S Byatt brings the customs, manners and contradictions of late 19th century England to life.

The narrator is brilliant - her characterisations were perfect and I always knew who was speaking to whom. This was particularly valuable because there is a large and varied cast!

Some of the descriptions (especially of puppet shows) were rather too long in my opinion and occasionally the narrative felt a little turgid. Howevever, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, learned so much more about life in England in the late 19th/early 20th centuries and really cared about what happened to the characters.

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- Pamela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2009
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks