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The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Grace Atherton has fallen out of love...and into life.

Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.

Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.

It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about.... 

For fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost ThingsThe Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is the story of a woman who has her heart broken but then puts it back together again in the most uplifting and exquisite way.

©2018 Anstey Harris (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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  • Meg
  • 02-02-2019

Well Done

A simple story well told. Narration perfect and reflected the writer's nuances beautifully. The instrument crafting not too heavily explained. Easy to understand.

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Wonderful rich read I couldn’t put it down

This book is special. It is so rich in taking you into the character’s worlds of craftsmanship, sound, shape, music, love, loss and (most of all) friendship. Full of metaphors. Light but deep. You’ll feel sad it’s over.

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Torture

Against my better judgement I read/listened to the whole story. All I wanted to do was slap some sense into Grace Atherton. No good ever comes from sleeping with someone else's husband! The obligation bright sparks in this story are Nadia and Maurice. I did give a couple of extra stars to the narrate r but she was a bit whiney but b then she did have to read this book. Read at your own peril. I should have returned this one.

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Gentle and beguiling story of love, loss and discovery

Beautifully read and carefully written story. The language is evocative and transports the listener. Descriptions of the instruments and the music are sublime. The story is a bit saccharine level and fairly predictable- but a nice escape and makes you feel good, which is not a bad thing during Covid lockdown.

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Exquisite

Cultured yet cruel, A tale about living in self condoned isolation with love, dedication and betrayal. Unfolding with the classical training and talent of a musician living a lie. With the limitations, angst and damage from loving someone who is committed elsewhere told by the protagonist who does not respect herself. The crisp narration suits this opus of a musician who learns to love herself.

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An easy listen

I wasn’t sure whether to get this but decided to give it a go based on reading some sort of comparison to Eleanor Oliphant.. As mentioned it is an easy read but for me no comparison with EO but I got a whole new appreciation for instruments and musicians.

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Surprisingly good

Really enjoyed this story .. fantastic narration. Not my usual choice but so glad I got this story

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Excellent storyline. Wonderful characters. Enjoyed this book from start to finish. Narrator did a fantastic job. Tried to rate her as 5stars but couldn’t get it to register. Great job. Highly recommend this book.

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Verging on rediculous

I chose this book because it came up on the daily special and I like the cello. I don't read 'chick lit' very often but was looking for something light. Unfortunately this story was ridiculous, so much so that I found myself laughing through most of it, that's what the star is for. The author has tried to involve every possible theme a modern novel could include and the path the story takes is full of cliche. If you can handle that go for it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2019

Average

Average storyline. Average characters... Glad it was an audible as I would prob not have continued reading it. Mr Wilson is prob the best character in the story.

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  • janethlkeet
  • 21-02-2019

Absolutely delightful in every way

Authentic, charming characters with whom I’ve shared tragedy and triumph. A journey woven with descriptions and present moment by moment awareness that delights the senses

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  • Fifilefluff
  • 22-09-2019

Meh!

A bit meh! Didn't enjoy the performance particularly, though the story held me in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-2019

Definitely listen

Loved it really enjoyed it definitely worth a read/ listen. Different to anything I’ve listened to before I was sad when it was finished it was so good

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  • Compass
  • 30-08-2019

Lovely listen.

This is a life affirming book. Listening to it is an emotional rollercoaster as the amazing highs and horrendous lows of Grace’s life are unfurled. Sometimes I felt I knew what was coming next, but still I was shocked or thrilled as the detail was revealed by the story. Recommended.

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  • FreebieBean
  • 28-08-2019

It grew on me.

This book grew on me. I spent the first quarter of it wanting to shake Grace to make her realise what an idiot she was. I didn't think I'd make it to the end, but then the story got a whole lot better. I loved the cello references and the information about building and restoring them, I also really like the friendship between Grace, Nadia and Mr Williams. It was well read by Tania Rodrigues and well worth a listen.

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  • EL
  • 01-08-2019

Pleasant but not remarkable.

Although the narration was pleasant, I found parts of the book long winded; particularly the extensive descriptions of feelings and actions. Grace irritated me slightly but came through in the end I felt.

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  • K Graham
  • 09-04-2019

Brilliant Book

I read this book when it first came out and thought it was wonderful. I then decided to give it to my dad on audible., I ended up listening to it again . You really feel like you are in Graces life, the twists and turns of fate and the unusual trio friendship of 17 yr old teenager Nadia , elderly Mr Williams and Grace makes the read all the more dynamic. I completely imagined myself in the Workshop with Grace and with the three Grace, Nadine and Mr Williams in Italy..
Very well read by Tania Rodregues. Can't wait for Ansey Harris's next book.

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  • Marie Layton
  • 07-02-2019

Predictable

I had high hopes for this book given the other reviews. Perhaps I’m missing something but I found it to be very predictable, I lacked sympathy for Grace and the narratives regarding the instruments were frankly lengthy and boring. I had to really persevere to even complete it.

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  • patsy
  • 29-01-2019

Wonderful story

I loved this book from beginning to end! A story of love, adversity and triumph, beautifully narrated by Tania Rodrigues.

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  • Kerrie
  • 21-11-2018

Great Story & Performance

One of the best fiction books I listened to in a long time - looking forward to the author’s next novel.

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  • W o o d r u f f
  • 07-08-2019

a bit underwhelming .

The main character is quite wooden and at times annoying. other characters are too stereotypical to feel believable. I always finish a book before judging it but got tired of the detail in this book and it became a chore.