The Colour

  • by Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by Eleanor Bron
  • 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Orange prize for Fiction, 2004.Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new gold-fields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of "the colour", are violently rushing to their destinies. By turns both moving and terrifying, it is a story of the quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and in the process discover the sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of happiness.


What the Critics Say

"The sense of period is forcefully conveyed....Her new level of ambition makes it perhaps the author's most important book yet." (


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Customer Reviews

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Gold is not the colour - discuss

The Colour: narrative on the human condition, the pursuit of happiness or running away from it all? You choose. For me it's all three rearing their somewhat dark heads through the lead character - Joseph Blackstone. The colour of the narrative, and the exceptional delivery and characterisation by the narrator, is what sets this audiobook apart - the reason I've given it 4 stars. However, I was left sad and pensive without really knowing why. Maybe I should join a book club and analyse it!
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- Lindsey

Beautiful writing and reading, but melancholy

Tremain really is a lovely writer - clear, intelligent, interesting people and places. I completely recommend this. However, slight health warning, it is really tinged with sadness throughout. Depending what state of mind you are in at the time of reading, the effect of listening for a while can be a bit much I found. One for when you are feeling strong and wanting to be provoked into thinking!
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- Dragon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-01-2006
  • Publisher: Audible Studios