Author(s): Penelope Lively
Original Publish Date: Aug 20, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.93 hours)
Product Number: Z100133518
Released: Feb 09, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400125029
Narrator/s: Josephine Bailey
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Consequences is a love-story-times-three that opens on the eve of the Second World War, with a chance meeting in St. James's Park, London. Wholly in love, Lorna and Matt leave the city for a cottage in a rural Somerset village. Their intimate life together is shattered when the war begins and by Matt's tragic death in action. Twenty years later, their daughter, Molly, happens upon a forgotten newspaper-a seemingly small moment that leads to her first job and, eventually, a pregnancy by a wealthy man who wants to marry her but whom she does not love. But it is her own daughter, Ruth, who begins the journey that will take her back to 1941-and a redefinition of herself and of love. Told in Lively's incomparable prose, Consequences is a powerful story of growth, death, and rebirth and a study of the previous century-its major and minor events, its shaping of public consciousness, and its changing of lives.


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Author(s): Penelope Lively
Narrator(s): Josephine Bailey
Product Number DD2088
Released: Aug 20, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400105021
Author(s): Penelope Lively
Product Number EB00389781
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101202234

Professional reviews

"Josephine Bailey gives a subtle, respectful, and low-key performance of this elegiac novel about the consequences of a chance encounter. Matt, an artist, and Lorna, a reluctant debutante from an entirely different milieu in class-bound prewar England, meet on a park bench, fall in love, and marry despite family consternation. Matt dies in the war, Lorna in childbirth, and the story moves to their daughter, and then to her daughter. One could quibble that Bailey sometimes fails to convey effectively the many shifts in the narrative indicated on the page by space breaks, which can make for some disorientation. Lively tends to use that white space to create a drama of what is not being said. In every other way, though, it's a lovely production. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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