The Stars Look Down

  • by A. J. Cronin
  • Narrated by Arthur Blake
  • 27 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in the north of England at the turn of the century, this novel focuses on the lives and times of the people who lived there, describing the suffering of the miners and the advent of World War I.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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A classic A.J. Cronin saga really well read by Arthur Blake. His voice is clear and he uses the Newcastle dialect for the speech sections, which I found gave it a lovely feel to it. This recording had a warning beside it, as it is an old recording. If you listen closely, you can hear the turning of the pages, but I found Arthur Blake's reading quite engrossing and after a while did not notice the failings. I have loved the books of A. J. Cronin for many years. This is another of his well known and good books. It is a story of a community living in dire poverty, yet with a degree of pride. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. If only books like this were written today, even better if they were dramatized. In the absence of either, we can revisit such authors as A.J. Cronin.

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- Sarah

A lesson for our times

Bit distracting at first to hear pages being turned but got used to it and then liked that it felt like the reader was in the room rather than in a studio somewhere.
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- Karen Hopper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-09-2010
  • Publisher: RNIB