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Night Music

De : Jojo Moyes
Lu par : Clare Corbett
Durée : 11 h et 49 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical

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The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot.

When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.

But for neighbour Matt McCarthy, the house is revenge - on the family who ruined his father. For his wife it's the key to the perfect family life, while a struggling property developer sees in it a whole new future. As desires clash and intertwine, lives and loves are demolished - and the Spanish House becomes a true folly indeed...

©2008 Jojo Moyes (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd

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  • Debbie
  • 05/08/2014

Hauntingly Beautiful Story of Human, Flawed People

I really liked this story of a widow with two children who inherited a huge Spanish house in the country. Isabella, the young widow, whose deep passion for her violin and music, perhaps is too high a priority, has to learn a totally new way of life. But what I appreciated and most loved about the story was the honesty in which it was written. People DO have to go through hardships and work through grief in order to value what is most important in their lives. This isn't a cheap or tawdry tale, although there are some in the small town who make some unfortunate and selfish choices. There are MORE that make better choices and are loyal and end up doing right by their neighbors. The novel is hauntingly beautiful and meets my criteria of having an ending worth the wait.

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  • Kelly
  • 17/07/2013

Jojo Moyes is my favorite.

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Jojo Moyes is my favorite author now. I read one of her books and loved it so I tried another. most of the time I am disappointed in the next book I read by the same author, this time I was pleasantly surprised. So I dared to do it a third time and then a fourth. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them and give them 4 stars each, something I rarely do.

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  • karen
  • 11/09/2014

Extremely valuable book!

It was thanks to this book that I got all the windows in the house washed -- inside and out -- the garage floor swept and both the linen closet and the sewing room reorganized. I couldn't stop listening -- I had to find some way to justify taking the time to keep listening.

This was my first exposure to Jojo Moyes -- never heard of her before, never come across any of her books before this one, when I rolled the dice on yet another really great Daily Deal. "Night Music" won't be the last -- except that I expect I'll listen to this one a few more times before I'm finished with it.

It's funny, I see other reviewers saying that this isn't Moyes best book, which just blows my mind. Can't quite see how any of them could be better than this, but... hey, I'm willing to try.

Maybe it's just me, but there's something about a battle over a house that attracts me. Another of my favorite books (not the film) is Andre Dubus III's "House of Sand and Fog" which also involves a house everyone wants, and the emotional pull such an embattled dwelling can bring about. "Night Music" is very different from that book -- maybe even better -- but I felt the same compulsion to keep listening until it all got worked out. Of course "Night Music" is really about the people -- the fragile, wounded, too-trusting professional violinist who inherits it, the corrupt builder who pretends to help restore it, but has evil plans of his own, the children caught in the middle of it, the guy who's camping out, unknown, in the boiler room... and the rabbits. Can't forget the rabbits.

What can I say? Don't miss this one. Your own house will be a whole lot cleaner by the time you finish!

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  • Delah
  • 17/05/2013

I enjoyed this story

Night Music hit all the right notes (ha ha). :-) I really enjoyed the story and the narrator was very good. The story is good from the beginning to the end with no boring parts. I'm also glad the author knew when to end the story and did not extend it longer than necessary.

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  • Taryn
  • 03/01/2015

Love JoJo

While this might not be one of my favorite JoJo books, it was enjoyable. She does a good job of developing her characters. The plot wasnt exactly original but it was enjoyable. The narrator does a nice job and the book kept my interest.Recommend it if you are looking for an easy listen.

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  • Susannah
  • 18/03/2014

A good book but not a great book

What did you love best about Night Music?

Picturing the scene where the house was set - the village and characters.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was ok I think. I listened to this book about 4 weeks ago and I cannot actually remember the ending...so I guess it wasn't very memorable!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Clare Corbett?

Yes.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, it was a bit predictable. I liked the Byron character, so I think his relationship with the young boy would be the most compelling relationship of the story - therefore a bit moving I guess.

Any additional comments?

An easy listen...not overly memorable or anything...but 'nice'.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/12/2019

Great Story... Awful Sound!

Jojo Moyes does not disappoint, no surprise there! But the sound of this audio book is awful! I constantly found myself rewinding and turning up the volume to make sure I did not miss anything important. The chapters as labeled in the app do not correspond at all with the book. Took a while to get through it because of all the technical difficulties.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17/12/2019

Poor Quality Narration

I was disappointed after beginning to listen to this book as the story sounds pretty good, but the main narration is in a whisper, and the other characters are at normal volume. Since I listen to audiobooks in the car this didn't work for me. I could not hear most of the dialogue.

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  • Camile Morris
  • 18/05/2019

Loved the story and the characters, but...

Why do the author and publishers feel such a need to have profanity to create realism? An audible book doesn’t let you skip over it, you are forced to hear the crude language. I believe you can emit emotion and poor character traits with less offensive words. Give it a try Jojo.

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  • nadine
  • 17/04/2014

Not my cup of tea

What did you like best about Night Music? What did you like least?

Well I'm sorry to say this was not to my liking.

What was most disappointing about Jojo Moyes’s story?

Too slow at the beginning. I had to listen some of the chapters over just so I could follow it.

What aspect of Clare Corbett’s performance would you have changed?

The narrator. I had a difficult time understanding her.

Do you think Night Music needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. This story was all over the map.

Any additional comments?

I'll will be more careful to pick my next book. Sorry I wasted my credits.

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