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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
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Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry.

The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.

©1985 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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  • Sam
  • 10-03-2016

Soothing reading of an outstanding book

Jeanette tells the story so well, her impersonations are hilarious! She has a unique and well-articulated view of feminism.

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  • A_M
  • 27-09-2016

A must read for foundlings, misfits & blacksheep

Semi auto biographical novel read by the author on growing up a misfit, adoptee in England's north. Her story of self discovery, her evangelical upbringing and her lesbian identity combine with a keenly inquiring mind to create this wonderful, curios tale. Rarely does a book range elegantly, sweetly, sorrowfully over the complexity of love & belonging and the quest to make peace with it all and still win a life for oneself.

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Incredible.

the most important book I've read to date. wonderfully written and incredibly insightful; profoundly comforting.

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  • Suswati
  • 14-08-2017

Weighing up the church and personal beliefs

Jeanette Winterson's classic semi-autobiographical story about growing up as a lesbian in a devoutly religious family shows the internal battle she had to deal with as a young girl. The exorcism scene is comically tragic as it's horrifying to think about how a girl is not accepted for who she is. An interesting story, but at times seemed a little repetitive.

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  • Mary-Anne Farah
  • 30-05-2018

Inspiring and empathetic

I fell in love with Jeanette, whose retelling of her experience in fictional form helped me sort through some of my own feelings. The performance was poignant and engaging, the characterisation believable and inspiring.

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  • Susan E.
  • 12-09-2017

Superb!

Very funny, honest and open. I love the juxtaposition of humour and difficulty which runs throughout the narrative .

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  • Mrs Kate Evans
  • 24-09-2015

I love everything Jeanette writes.

What made the experience of listening to Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit the most enjoyable?

I think it was enhanced by the author reading
I think this always gives a more enjoyable experience, as the nuances and inflections are exactly as the authors intended.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit?

Hard to say as I adore everything Jeanette writes !

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

I have listened to Why be happy when you can be normal, and loved that, but I think I may be somewhat biased!

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

The relationship between mother and daughter was particularly emotional for me

Any additional comments?

Next on my list is Sexing the cherry read by the fabulous Juliet Stevenson

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  • Nicholas P.
  • 27-06-2018

A great story; a great book; a great rendition

Based loosely on her life, as is any story, Jeanette Winterson reads her book with the feeling, nuance and humour that only an author can bring to their own work. Read it many years ago but her reading gives the tale vibrancy.

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  • Culwen
  • 17-11-2017

A classic down to Earth story

The narration style by Jeanette the author was spot on. The subtle knocks/SFX are little gems in the story.

Easy to listen to. Great plot.

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  • Mr. R. Taylor
  • 12-11-2019

O rangers are not the only fruit.

Pity the author ttys to include two stories at one go but the main story shows the mind set of many church members

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  • K
  • 04-10-2019

A Literary Victoria Wood

You can't help it when you listen to this book to think of the late Victoria Wood and her gentle satire of the bourgeoise attitudes of the aspiring working classes. Both from Lancashire, parallels will be drawn between Wood and Winterson, not just because of place but also because of a shared motif. I assume because Winterson's themes include religion and sexuality and their elements of controversy she is thought of as literary - Wood merely light entertainment. I personally don't find Winterson's style or content that weighty. Perhaps her use of parables which pepper her narrative was intended to give the novel gravitas, but I actually found those interludes unsubtle and tedious. The narrative itself conveys theme and symbolism enough without the quasi-religious element (although I do get the intended irony and allusion). Perhaps Winterson's craft is to get the reader thinking about other people's struggles while smiling.

Surprisingly, I also enjoyed Winterson's reading. Mostly, author's attempting to read their own work crash and burn - not so here.

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  • Shaun Brookes
  • 06-03-2019

Honest, original and somewhat inspiring

Narrated by the author herself, this is a fascinating memoir of a life caught between two worlds.
Brutally honest with a laugh out loud wit, Winterson delivers a tale not soon to be forgotten by the reader in a book that is more than deserving of a place in any library.

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  • Musical Anorak
  • 22-01-2019

I wanted to love this book, but was disappointed

I sincerely wanted my mind to be blown away by this book and unfortunately, that just didn't happen. The Fairytale writing element, did make sense to me at the beginning; but it completely baffled and bored me by the end.

Jeanette Winterson's narration of the Audiobook, was very good. However, the Audiobook did skip,very slightly on two occasions.

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