This Must Be the Place

  • by Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by Thomas Judd, Penelope Rawlins
  • 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Richard and Judy Book Club Pick 2017
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel AwardA top-ten bestseller, This Must Be The Place by Maggie O'Farrell crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage.
A reclusive ex-film star living in the wilds of Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct, when a stranger approaches her home, is to reach for her shotgun. Why is she so fiercely protective of her family, and what made her walk out of her cinematic career when she had the whole world at her feet?
Her husband Daniel, reeling from a discovery about a woman he last saw twenty years ago, is about to make an exit of his own. It is a journey that will send him off-course, far away from the life he and Claudette have made together. Will their love for one another be enough to bring Daniel back home?

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Audible Editor Reviews

"A complex, riveting novel of love and hope that grips at the heart." (The Sunday Times)

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wonderful story, really well read

Where does This Must Be the Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've just started in on unabridged books, rather than dramatized performances. This is a superb audiobook. Great to have both male and female voices, especially given that the book is constructed with chapters from the points of view of many different characters. Maggie O'Farrell had been really ambitious with This Must Be the Place, but she's pulled it off and this audiobook treatment does it justice.


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- Philippa Considine

Fractured relationships sensitivity portrayed

This is not not a pacy, narrative-driven story, but more an exploration of human relationships. It took me a while to become engaged by the various characters whose lives are the back-bone of the novel and had to concentrate as the narrative flits back and forth in time and among the various relationships. My patience was rewarded and I started to care what happened to the characters and by the end the separate threads came together.

At times I did wonder if the digressions, in which more characters were included detracted from the central story, however I can see that they were a device for illuminating the relationships from different perspectives.

I enjoyed the book more and more as the stories unfolded and felt sorry when the book ended.

The narration by different voices certainly added to the impression that I was listening to real people relating their, at times, painful lives.
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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-05-2016
  • Publisher: Headline