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A Half Forgotten Song Audiobook

A Half Forgotten Song

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England, 1937. In the village of Blacknowle on the Dorset coast, 14-year-old Mitzy Hatcher has endured a wild and lonely upbringing. Shunned by her neighbours, the arrival of renowned artist Charles Aubrey - along with his exotic mistress and their daughters - is like a breath of fresh air. As Charles's muse, Mitzy develops a deep and abiding bond with the Aubrey household over the course of the following three summers. Gradually, Mitzy begins to perceive a future she had never thought possible, and a powerful love is kindled in her. It is a love that will grow as she does: from innocence to obsession, from childish infatuation to something far more complex.

It will be almost 75 years before the consequences of this potent desire are fully played out, as a young man in an art gallery looks at a hastily-drawn portrait and wonders at the intensity of it. The questions he asks will lead him back to Blacknowle, and draw him to the truth about those fevered summers in the 1930s.

Moving from the wilds of the Dorset coast to the intoxicating heat of a Moroccan summer, A Half Forgotten Song explores the quixotic nature of memory - and the perils of obsessive love.

Audio edition read by Jacqueline King. With numerous audiobook and stage credits to her name, Jacqueline King has also had a great variety of television roles, including parts in Doctors, Doctor Who, The Bill, 55 Degrees North and Casualty.

©2012 Katherine Webb (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Margaret M. Bell
    Australia
    21/10/14
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    "Another goodie from a great storyteller"

    I've read all of Katherine Webb's books, and although this was my least favourite, it is still an entertaining listen. Jacqueline King's narration is superb - I wish she had narrated all of Webb's books. It is some time since I listened to this, but thinking about it has brought back all of its powerful imagery. I really did visit new places reading this one. Can't wait for next release.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • helen
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/10/12
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    "really engrossing"

    a fantastic listen. the story is really well read and the plot and sub plot make this one of the best audio books i have listened to. the accents are believable, characters likeable and the scene setting really engages the listener. i look forward to more of her work and will also seek out the reader as she made the book come alive.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    18/01/13
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    "Fabulous!"

    This book is enchanting. The narrator Jacqueline King bought the book alive, she has incredible talent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jeeds
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    30/06/13
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    "Another beautifully crafted story by Webb"

    I love Katherine Webb's novels.

    Her ability to describe places is second to none.

    In this tale she continues her style of setting the plot across two time periods and as usual there is a cracking twist at the end.

    I always care about Katherine's characters, and the main character in this book, Mitzy Hatcher is no different (although Cat from 'The Unseen' remains my favourite character).

    There are themes of family, alienation, obsession and beauty in this book. Each character is so well written and the pace of the novel is just perfect. The suspense and intrigue is built in a beautifully subtle way and I am always satisfied with the way Katherine Webb ends her books.

    Looking forward to her next novel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Karren
    15/04/16
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    "10 out of 10"
    Where does A Half Forgotten Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


    Have you listened to any of Jacqueline King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have'nt but I would look out for her again


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

    Without giving anything away its difficult to say , but the guilt and grief felt by Elodi is heart wrenching


    Any additional comments?

    Ive read the book and its one of my favourites so being able to listen to it was, and is a bonus

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Richards
    london
    17/03/16
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    "A book you cant forget"
    If you could sum up A Half Forgotten Song in three words, what would they be?

    lovely story


    What other book might you compare A Half Forgotten Song to, and why?

    i can not name one.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of the book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes there is both happiness and sadness in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    what an enjoyable book,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jacqui
    Great Britain
    14/03/16
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    "An Intriguing Book"

    Deftly woven story of the past and present. Wonderful narration by Jacqueline King., whose caracterful voices were convincing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila
    21/01/16
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    "A half forgotten song"

    Brilliant lots of twist and turns lovely moving story. WelI told I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
    5/11/15
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    "boring"
    Any additional comments?

    I struggled getting through 3 hours of this book and finally accepted defeat.
    I didn't get involved with the characters. none of them inspired me to carry on to see what happened to them either in the past or the present.
    I thought Jacqueline king performed the book well, I had no problems with her rendition of the book. I would listen to more books performed by her.
    I doubt I would listen to any more books by Katherine webb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet
    31/07/15
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    "A well constructed gripping tale"

    Captivating from the beginning. Fascinating characters you don't necessarily like but are enthralled by their thoughts and feelings. I listened to this on holiday and found I looked forward to getting back to it when I had the chance. Well read and very convincing, although 'Hannah's voice' slightly irritating! I look forward to listening to more of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Stafford, United Kingdom
    1/01/13
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    "Boring"

    I purchased this book after it was recommended by Audible. It is boring, i have restarted it three times and cannot get into it. This is obviously my personal opinion but it appears the author has appeared to identify current themes for returning to the past but has failed to capture my imagination. Sorry but i am unable to finish this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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