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The Strawberry Thief

Narrated by: Joanne Harris
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The compelling new novel from the author of the best-selling Chocolat.  

Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her 'special' child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.   

But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray. The arrival of Narcisse's relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist's across the square - one that mirrors the chocolaterie and has a strange appeal of its own - all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence - even, perhaps, a murder....

©2019 Joanne M Harris (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Loved it!

Loved revisiting these characters and meeting the new. That the author herself was reading also did not disappoint!

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Love love love.

Was so excited to see another book in this series and once again Joanne didn't let me down. This book seemed to come when I needed it most. Coincidental or everyday magic?

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More for effect than the story

Great imagery, but lacking in storyline. Perhaps reading this would be better than an audiobook.

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  • Lori Knudson
  • 11-08-2019

Enchanting ...

Equally enchanting and moving. A poignant window into loss and love’s return. Harris is a masterful storyteller.

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  • Suzanne Jackson
  • 01-09-2019

A Truly Excellent Story

This was a well written and wonderfully entertaining journey back to the world of Chocolate

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-07-2019

Please don't read your own books.

The story is passable but was ruined for me as it was read by the author. Most of the time I had no idea who was talking as she used the same voice for every character. It's a shame when a book is ruined by its own author. If you must, buy the book in paper or kindle and avoid the audible version, I almost returned the book a dozen times, but made it to the end. Your mileage may vary

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  • Portybelle
  • 30-04-2019

Loved this visit to Lansquenet sur Tannes!

It says a lot about how much I enjoyed this audiobook that I listened to it all over just a couple of weeks. Usually it can take me many weeks or even months to get through a whole audiobook but with this one I was wandering about the house with my headphones on while I was cooking the tea or washing the dishes! I loved the mix of intrigue and mystery so familiar from the other Chocolat books. This time we hear the inner thoughts of Vianne's 'special' child Rosette, a girl who rarely communicates except through animal noises and occasionally in her shadow voice. An incomer to Lansquenet sur Tannes is welcomed by many of the community which is somewhat surprising given Morgane's profession is a tattoo artist. And even more surprisingly, Vianne is the one who does not make her welcome, who sees her as a threat. Monisieur Le Cure is wracked with guilt over past secrets which threaten to come to the fore following the death of Narcisse. A novel about loving and letting go, this is another compelling and magical tale from Joanne Harris.

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  • mrs rose anne underhill
  • 12-04-2019

Another great story

This is another amazingly well written story of the set. I’m pleased to be back with old friends and really enjoyed this book

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  • rfk
  • 12-09-2019

Least enjoyable Joanne Harris book yet.

Nothing like the suspense or imagination of other books by Joanne Harris that I have read/listened to.

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  • Gemma Daly
  • 22-08-2019

A visit with old friends

Once again Joanne Harris takes us to a sleepy village in France and we visit with old friends, share a cup of Chocolate and watch as they call the winds of change into their lives. I've been a fan of her books for a long time and enjoyed watching the characters grow with each instalment, this book is no exception.

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  • Sue
  • 29-07-2019

May have been better to read this.

I did quite enjoy this book, but it was quite slow. I had difficulty differentiating the various voices, but not sure whether that might have been the idea. I just think it may have been better to read the book rather than listening to it.

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  • Linda-Mary Hayes
  • 22-07-2019

A brilliant read

Joanne Harris at her best. A brilliant and enthralling book / listen, with a wonderful conclusion.

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  • HellsBells
  • 20-07-2019

Wonderful

Joanne Harris has done it again, apparently this is the 4th in the Chocolat series but I must have missed the second and third. It didn’t seem to matter. This was a wonderful, clever story. I got totally wrapped up in the characters. Loved it. Only comment, sorry JH, but her voice is really annoying !

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  • nellelou
  • 30-06-2019

disappointed <br />

very inconsistent with the story and didn't feel it went anywhere vianne gets a raw deal again !!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2019

Excellent!

So lovely to be in the world of Vianne Rocher once again! A lovely, poignant, magical tale about change, redemption, acceptance.
I think the author’s reading enhanced the Audible experience. I couldn’t stop listening. Sit back and enjoy!

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  • A G.
  • 25-06-2019

Chocolat completed.

Good to hear the completion of the Chocolat story with its familiar characters and strange mysticism.