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Allegra in Three Parts

Narrated by: Rebecca Macauley
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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I can split myself in two...something I have to do because of Joy and Matilde. They are my grandmothers and I love them both, and they totally love me, but they can't stand each other.

Eleven-year-old Allegra shuttles between her grandmothers, who live next door to one another but couldn't be more different. Matilde works all hours and instils discipline, duty and restraint. She insists that Allegra focus on her studies to become a doctor. 

Meanwhile free-spirited Joy is full of colour, possibility and emotion, storing all her tears in little glass bottles. She is riding the second wave of the women's movement in the company of her penny tortoise, Simone de Beauvoir, encouraging Ally to explore broad horizons and live her 'true essence'. 

And then there's Rick, who lives in a flat out the back and finds distraction in gambling and solace in surfing. He's trying to be a good father to Al Pal while grieving the woman who links them all but whose absence tears them apart.  

Allegra is left to orbit these three worlds, wishing they loved her a little less and liked each other a lot more. Until one day the unspoken tragedy that's created this division explodes within the person they all cherish most.

©2019 Suzanne Daniel (P)2019 Pan Macmillan AU

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Good but the narration was annoying.

This is a lovely story but listening to it being read by someone putting on a child's voice was annoying, as were the other voice performances. I am not sure why this is becoming more common. The story is enough by itself, it didn't need to be performed.

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This is a story well worth listening to

In the beginning I wondered whether this was a book for me but before I knew it, Allegra had won my heart. A story that brought life well and truly into focus, how short it is and how we sometimes squander it. Engaging narrator, thank you.