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When the widowed Framboise moves back to the village of Les Laveuses, where she grew up, she is pleased to discover that no-one recognises her. She soon forges a new life for herself there, and before long has established a profitable creperie.

All is going well, until her profiteering nephew realises that money can be made by publishing a collection of Framboise's increasingly popular recipes, left to her by her mother, a woman despised throughout the village. For the book to be a success, her true identity must be revealed, opening the flood gates to a past life and painful childhood memories.

©2001 Joanne Harris (P)2001 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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  • Gina
  • 13-01-2007

Poorly edited

Please remind me not to buy another abridged book. This one was shortened to the point that you lose all the suspense and characterization that I assume the author put in the original novel. If this book isn’t available as an audio book in the unabridged form, read it on paper.

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  • Janicew
  • 22-10-2009

Give this one a chance-you will be glad you did!!

Five Quarters of the Orange is a testimate to how life experience changes one's perspective. A young Franboise Dartigen and her mother, Maribell experience the classic love and hate relationship many mothers and daughters struggle with during their youth. Maribelle a seemingly callased and bitter woman is left to manage the family farm and raise her children after the death of her husband during during WW II. This novel dialetically reveals a story of young people using their own natural resources to survive in a less than ideal situation, secrets that lead to their family demise, and a daughter coming to understand her mother. Joanne Harris offers vivid imagary that captivates. Along with a vulnerability throughout this novel, Joanne Harris writes honestly about what was really goes on inside family homes. A slow read at first, make yourself push through the first thirty pages, you will be glad you did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-2018

Boring, tiresome story

Struggled to hear the narrator who managed to make this boring book even more terrible.

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  • Ana Wool
  • 16-07-2018

Simple and beautiful

This story started out a bit slow but blossomed into something truly wonderful to listen to. Rulas’ narration was fabulous and the overall tone a gift to the ears. I would recommend this story to those that love a bite of mystery, delicious food, unrequited love, loss, and redemption.

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  • Patti W
  • 12-05-2018

Joanne Harris - Five Quarters of the Orange

Joanne Harris is an amazing story teller. Every part of this book was interesting and enjoyable, even the difficult parts. I love the way she weaves childhood memories and experiences into adulthood, and how something quite seemingly insignificant to a child later becomes a huge burden. Or how easily as children our survival techniques kick in and then become these secrets that we wish we could tell. Doesn’t that happen to us all? I can recommend this book and others by Joanne Harris enough. A definite must for anyone who loves stories.
Rula Lenska, with her wonderful voice draws us in and keeps us there, and adds a richness to the story.

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  • Neil Y
  • 11-06-2018

Love Joanne Harris and This Book

I always loved this book, so decided to listen to it. It really transports you back in time to France during the occupation, it is so very French. Love the story and characters. Not so keen on Rula Lenska's narrative, although she is obviously good at the accents, didn't find her that engaging to listen to.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-2017

Joanne Harris never disappoints.

This is my first audio book. Thought it would be good for a car journey. It certainly was!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-2016

Interesting background for a unique story. Pity so short

A creative & individualistic story line. Good to see the French Resistance era from a different angle & reflect how easily life could lead one into being seen as one of "the baddies". Love Rula Lenska's delivery - as always. It's just a shame the story is so short (3 hours).