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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Through every family run memories that bind it together - despite everything. The Tulls of Baltimore are no exception. Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl is left to bring up her three children alone - Cody, a flawed devil; Ezra, a flawed saint; and Jenny, errant and passionate. Now as Pearl lies dying, stiffly encased in her pride and solitude, the past is unlocked and with it, secrets.

A classic novel from one of America's greatest living novelists, now available as an audiobook.

©1982 Anne Tyler (P)2014 Audible, Inc., 2014. Published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks

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  • Mr. Jw Perks
  • 10-01-2015

Tyler's own favourite

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Brilliant novel well read and characterised.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant?

None of the characters were drawn as simplistically black or white, from motivations to action. I listened to the book and went from liking to disliking each person in turns. Ultimately, I finished the book and felt it was well rounded. Tyler's writing was perceptive and powerful.

What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

Suzanne characterised the children and Pearl so well.

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

The book was very touching and the ending was unexpected but not contrived.

Any additional comments?

Tyler's best novel.

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  • Gail Sheppard
  • 07-06-2020

brilliant

so moving i have both read and listened to thos book many times. Anne Tyler at her best real dialogue beatiful observation delicious language

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  • yvonne
  • 12-04-2020

hard to get in to but worth effort

loved it even though easily distracted at first. took a while but then thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • pauline wallin
  • 10-06-2019

A Family Feast.

What a delicious meal of a story. Anne Tyler serves up such rich fare. Bittersweet at times but so very satisfying.

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  • Faon
  • 13-01-2019

Affecting narratives

I read this book and listened to other parts walking. I enjoyed the story and the characters are well drawn. It has a haunting elegiac tone throughout. I found myself drawn into the book. I enjoyed the lady’s voice but perhaps some of the voices were a little forced. Highly recommended

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  • Colette
  • 30-10-2018

Anne Tyler explores the dynamics of family

Tyler explores the dynamics of family from each family member's point of view. well rounded characters some more deserving of sympathy than others but then it depends how you see the world and what experiences impact you the most. A thought provoking read.

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  • Emma
  • 17-08-2018

Depressing

Beautifully written with well-formed characters and the narrator was good. However, it was incredibly slow and depressing. Had to force myself to finish it.

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  • Molly
  • 15-12-2017

Heartbreaking, a must-read

Beautiful, astute, brilliant. The narrator's voice is too slow but when sped up it's perfect

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  • J
  • 19-03-2017

I couldn't put up with the narrator

I was looking forward to this story but found the narrator's voice too annoying to stick it out. Maybe I will buy the book?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-2016

Download failure

I had nearly finished this audio book, when it cut off, saying that there'd been a failure in downloading the book. Even though I followed the instructions, I couldn't redownload it and I'm left feeling miffed.