The Year of the Ladybird

  • by Graham Joyce
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A ghost story with a difference from the World Fantasy and multiple British Fantasy Award-winning author of Some Kind of Fairy Tale.
It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began, and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer.
As with Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power. With beautiful prose, wonderful characters and a perfect evocation of time and place this is a novel that transcends the boundaries between the everyday and the supernatural while celebrating the power of both.
Read by Jonathan Keeble. Jonathan combines his audio work with a busy theatre and TV career. He is very proud to have appeared more times (11) at Manchester's prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre than any one else of his age. He has featured in over 500 radio plays for the BBC appearing in everything from Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes to Dr Who and is also the evil Owen in The Archers. Much in demand for his voicework, this ranges from playing Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul's Cathedral to The Angel of Death in the film Hellboy 2, with stops at all points in between. An award-winning reader, Jonathan has recorded over 100 audiobooks.

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Most Helpful

Good, but...

... Not quite what I was expecting.

I absolutely loved 'some kind of fairy story' and wanted to read more of Joyce's work. This book jumped out at me due to excellent reader reviews. I like Joyce's quirky tales, and did enjoy this, but I was expecting something a bit more horrifying due to reviews of this 'scary' ghost story. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't find it remotely scary. I just spent most of the book waiting to be made to jump, but in my opinion it's not that type of story. It is atmospheric, idiosyncratic, sympathetic and worth reading. Just don't expect to jump out of your skin!

I would say it's a quirky tale rather than a ghost story, but give it a go and see what you think!

The narrator was fabulous - really brought the story alive with all his voices. I will look out for his reading in future, for sure!

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- Nom de Plume

Enjoyed this. Nostalgic and the reader's interpretation of the characters was very good

I remember being on holiday when there was a plague of ladybirds so the references to this in the story evoked memories of this for me. The characters in this tale were brought to life very effectively by the reader; especially Nobby. I have read this author before and I find that his stories make a unobtrusive change to my normal genre. Not edge of your seat stuff but quietly satisfying with all the questions resolved by the end.
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- kindlemama

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2013
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group