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The Night Guest Audiobook

The Night Guest

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Publisher's Summary

In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth - a widow whose sons work abroad - lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's been sent by the authorities to be Ruth's carer.

At first, Ruth is happy to have the company. Frida is efficient and helpful, and willing to listen to Ruth's stories about her childhood in Fiji and the man she fell for there. But why does Ruth hear a tiger prowling through the house at night? How far can Ruth trust this enigmatic woman? And how far can she trust herself?

This hypnotic tale soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about ageing, love, dependence, fear and power, and about the mysterious workings of the mind. Here is a dazzling new writer, reminding us how powerfully fiction can speak to our innermost secrets.

©2014 Fiona McFarlane (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Ian 08/09/2015
    Ian 08/09/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "good but unsatisfying end"

    felt shorted by the ending after looking in on this story knowing something was amiss, felt like I wasn't given a conclusion. things are definitely left unresolved

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    paul g 07/04/2016
    paul g 07/04/2016
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    "Irritating and predictable"
    Would you try another book written by Fiona McFarlane or narrated by Federay Holmes?

    Unlikely


    What was most disappointing about Fiona McFarlane’s story?

    I found it to be unnecessarily descriptive, the storyline is very long winded and caught up with trying to making itself suspenseful but in the end it just meant that the conclusion is rushed and confusing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Federay Holmes’s performances?

    I did not find the Australian accent very comfortable to listen to and found the voice distinctions not always accurate as she switched from character to character


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Night Guest?

    I realise there was a need to create a feeling of confusion to indicate the dementia being experienced by the main character but found this to be carried out far too long so I would decrease the "scenes and length of the scenes"


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I was very disappointed with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    9/03/15
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    "Dull and obvious"

    This is a worthy but dreary story about an old lady and her 'strange' carer and I thought it had no real intrigue or credibility. I'm afraid I gave up and fast forwarded it to the end. My main regret is spending too long listening to this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola Williams
    Oxford, England
    25/03/14
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    "A captivating story which draws you in!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Guest the most enjoyable?

    The story was fascinating and brilliantly written.
    I caught myself questioning myself what was suppose to be real in the story and what wasn't, but that's the point of this, without giving away any spoilers.
    You really felt for the elderly lady being unable to tell at times what was and wasn't real and how this impacted on her life with with strange lady who comes to 'help'.
    This is no ordinary story, but there is love and compassion mixed in with fear and fright experienced by the elderly lady.
    This is such a beautiful story set by the sea in New Zealand, and I was transfixed by such a magnificent story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The last few chapters, where the author reals ALL, how the crime is committed and the consequences which happens.


    What about Federay Holmes’s performance did you like?

    The lady who read the story was absolutely fantastic. As she had a New Zealand accent too added to the whole picture and how the characters spoke.
    This book was acted out so brilliantly, with all the characters having such different voices. She poured so much compassion and malice, jovial, care and love too.
    Federay made this story feel real, and pulls at your heart strings, in her excellent portrayal of this story.


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

    The very last moments of the elderly lady's life.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to write exactly my heart felt feelings about this book/review but i found myself accidentally putting in spoilers, and I wouldn't want to do that and spoil the story!!!
    It's a brilliant modern story and one adults would enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    7/07/16
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    "High hopes, but didn't live up to expectation."
    What was most disappointing about Fiona McFarlane’s story?

    I was intrigued by what seemed, at first, to be quite an ambiguous genre, yet ultimately the story was nowhere near as clever as I was assuming it was. Very disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drew
    England
    26/06/14
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    "Good"

    This is a good novel but it's difficult to write a review about it without giving away too much. If you are tempted to listen to this audiobook (or read the novel), I advice you to avoid reading any detailed reviews! The narrative developed in a way I hadn't expected and I'm glad I didn't know what happens in advance.

    The reading by Federay is superb.

    The gentle pace lulled me into a false assumption about the central dilemma of the novel. I was getting bored and contemplated abandoning the audiobook, then, a subtle shift takes place ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • holly bird
    14/02/14
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    "Brilliant!"
    Where does The Night Guest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ah that's a difficult one. But pretty high on originaltiy, and that seems hard these days.


    What did you like best about this story?


    The beautifully drawn, and totally believable characters of both Frida and and Ruth.
    and the clarity of the writing. An unusual setting and neglected difficult subject matter, all turned into a master thriller.


    Which character – as performed by Federay Holmes – was your favourite?

    The book was read incredibly well by Federay Holmes. She really inhabited the personae of both Ruth and Frida, and dealt with the difficult passages of Ruth's fantasy thoughts with ease.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Go see Mum


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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