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The Dutch House audiobook review – Tom Hanks narrates a modern fairytale

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Ann Patchett’s Pulitzer-nominated novel begins and ends in an art deco mansion in a Philadelphia suburb. The former residence of a Dutch family who sold up after going bankrupt, it is now home to the Conroy family, he...

Recitatif by Toni Morrison audiobook review – an experiment in racial bias

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In her introduction to Toni Morrison’s short story, Zadie Smith offers insight into the Nobel prize-winning author’s intentions. Recitatif, Smith explains, was planned by Morrison as “an experiment in the removal of a...

Managing Expectations by Minnie Driver audiobook review – refreshingly candid

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Managing Expectations opens with the young Minnie Driver leaning out of her mother’s car window and screaming: “Help me, I am being abducted!” It is Sunday night and, after spending the weekend at home, she is being r...

My Phantoms by Gwendoline Riley audiobook review – a portrait of mother-daughter resentment

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Bridget is a fortysomething academic who lives in London with her psychoanalyst partner, John, and their elderly rescue cat, Puss. This is pretty much all we learn of her circumstances, since Bridget is determinedly s...

Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby audiobook review – startling candour

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Hannah Gadsby’s memoir begins, in typically contrary fashion, with the epilogue. Here the self-styled “stand-up performance artist” discusses the runaway hit that was her 2018 show, Nanette, a visceral, soul-baring wo...

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason audiobook review – Emilia Fox captures the acerbic wit

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A pithy examination of marriage and mental illness shortlisted for this year’s Women’s prize for fiction, Sorrow and Bliss begins as its protagonist Martha splits up with her forbearing husband, Patrick, and moves bac...

Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe audiobook review – inside America’s opioid crisis

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A remarkable piece of narrative reporting and a sweeping family saga, New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe’s award-winning book about the Sackler family and its role in America’s opioid crisis begins with the seemin...

A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes audiobook review – vintage crooks and conmen

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Originally published under the title For Love of Imabelle, this 1957 novel from Chester Himes opens with Jackson, a gullible undertaker’s assistant, sinking his life savings into a transparently dodgy scam that claims...

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan audiobook review – a smartly realised thriller

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When a high-ranking government minister, James Whitehouse, tells his wife, Sophie, he has been having an affair with a parliamentary aide, and that a newspaper is about to run an exposé, she opts to stand by her man f...

The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage audiobook review – quietly subversive

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A powerful and quietly subversive study of masculinity set in rural Montana, Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel is enjoying a moment in the spotlight thanks to Jane Campion’s film adaptation, which has been nominated for 12 O...

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro audiobook review – a ghost in the machine

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In this Booker-nominated fable, a robot stands in a shop window waiting for a human family to claim her. Klara is an Artificial Friend, or AF, who runs on solar power and has been created as a companion for lonely c...

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller audiobook review – secrets and survival

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Claire Fuller’s Costa prize-winning novel begins with 70-year-old Dot getting up in the night in her farm cottage and collapsing from a stroke by the kitchen hearth. Her body is found in the morning by her two adult c...

Luster by Raven Leilani audiobook review – expert reading of a dazzling debut

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We first meet sardonic New Yorker Edie sitting in the office talking dirty on a dating app with a man who says he is in an open marriage. For Edie, who is 23, the product of a difficult childhood and one of only two B...

Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher audiobook review – a missive success

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The popular compendium of correspondence from history is brilliant in book form, but it takes on a whole new dimension in audio. An eclectic treasure trove of letters written by musicians, actors, poets, writers, expl...

Rutherford and Fry’s Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything audiobook review – easygoing education

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At the start of their Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything, the authors confess the title is a fraud, pointing to the tiny asterisk and the word “abridged” that appears in the printed version. But if scientist Adam...

Did I Say That Out Loud? by Fi Glover and Jane Garvey audiobook review – radio hosts on a roll

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It’s one thing to turn a chart-topping, awards-festooned podcast into a book; it’s another to turn the book into audio without cannibalising the original pod. Luckily, Fi Glover and Jane Garvey are old hands at the a...