• The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-05-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (492 ratings)


Exclusive to download: includes an interview with Sarah Waters giving an insight into the story behind The Little Stranger.  
A ghost story from one of Britain's finest and best loved writers. After her award-winning trilogy of Victorian novels, Sarah Waters turned to the 1940s and wrote The Night Watch, a tender and tragic novel set against the backdrop of wartime Britain. Short-listed for both the Orange and the Man Booker, it went straight to number one in the best-seller chart. 
In a dusty postwar summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his. 
Prepare yourself. From this wonderful writer who continues to astonish us, now comes a chilling ghost story.
©2009 Sarah Waters (P)2009 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jill on 13-06-09

A subtle ghost story

A subtle ghost story, and all the more believable as the story is told through a character on the periphery of what was happening. Beautifully done, and the complex intertwining of the characters and the house itself builds up a rich atmosphere, which Sarah Waters does so well. Personally I enjoyed the fact that the ending was not cut-and-dried and left you wondering.......

I must admit when I first read the blurb I was a little disappointed that the author had stayed away from the Victorian era, but with her usual skill she has ended up interesting me just as much in the post-war period and the social adjustments that went on at that time instead!

Very well narrated - with the Warwickshire accent not sounding like a parody - quite a feat!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 10-08-09

Just perfect

You won't find any of the twists and riddles that inhabit Waters' earlier works. Nor, for that matter, the lesbian overtones. But I think "The Little Stranger", like "The Night Watch", is a much greater achievement as a result.

Waters is a consummate writer, in this novel displaying such mastery and maturity that she must surely be counted amongst very highest ranking British novelists. Indeed, I can think of no one I would rather read. Whatever her subject, she describes character, scenes and events with such economy and precision that must leave other writers almost wretched with envy. Indeed, I have never known her put a foot wrong; never a moment of pretentiousness, or boredom, or redundancy.

"The Little Stranger" boasts a pace and atmosphere so chilling that I actually got the shivers while weeding the garden. Not many works of fiction can achieve that on a warm, sunny day.

It is also beautifully read. The narrator has the perfect voice, accent and inflection for the novel's period, and was a joy to listen to. Indeed, if I had to choose one work to illustrate the sheer pleasure of listening to an unabridged novel, it would be this one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By S on 29-12-09

Well worth it

I loved this story, and while it is a little slow to start, it's beautiful narration and detail makes it worth it.

I highly recommend it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By krzysztof on 02-09-10

Not unless you are a haunted-house-story-maniac

The author does well to capture the image of a post-war English countryside. Simon Vance's narration is more than decent. I found the plot a bit dull and predictible however. The one thing that surprised me was... the anticlimactic ending. Not being an enthusiast of the genre I can think of only one more reason to recommend this book; it is an easy listen, ideal for when driving a car.

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