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Brought to you by Penguin.

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2022

A thrilling summertime listen for fans of Where the Crawdads Sing and Little Fires Everywhere

On a perfect August morning, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the pond below 'The Paper Palace'—her family's holiday home in Cape Cod. As she dives beneath the water she relives the passionate encounter she had the night before, against the side of the house that knows all her darkest secrets, while her husband and mother chatted to their guests inside....

So begins a story that unfolds over 24 hours and 50 years, as Elle's shocking betrayal leads her to a life-changing decision—and an ending you won't be able to stop thinking about. 

©2021 Miranda Cowley Heller (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Don’t waste your life

I rarely leave bad reviews but I feel compelled to comment here. Jesus, what a bunch of loathsome individuals. I can’t believe I wasted hours of my life on this shite.

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Great book seriously bad narrator

I have "read" this booked based on Reese Wetherspoon book club. I was not disappointed although the narrator was very robotic and mono toned, which made it a little difficult to follow. I would recommend the book itself not the Audible version.

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Trigger Warning

I found the narration stilted and ended up purchasing the written copy as I really didn’t get on with the manner this audiobook was produced. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the story there either! But it was certainly easier to finish than the audiobook.


I also felt it important to add that there are multiple references to (and descriptions of) sexual assault and child abuse which I found very jarring. These should be mentioned in the description as they could prove very upsetting for some people.

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Read rather than listen

This is a good book that I’m glad I “read” but the narration is terrible. All the speech is delivered in a sing song voice as if that’s how people actually speak to each other. It was so grating.

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Beautifully written and narrated

A book I didn’t want to get to the end of. Beautiful, measured, atmospheric prose; credible, flawed characters and a story line that draws the reader in and keeps them engrossed as the years unfold. A book about relationships that will stay with you long after the final chapter. Thoroughly recommended.

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Believable, intriguing, exciting loved it!

An incredibly enjoyable listen. All the characters have depth and are interesting and believable. Very realistic dynamics & scrutiny of human behaviour & some exciting romance thrown in. Going between eras worked very well. I really loved it, pictured the whole thing in my head from the clever description of scenery and will be re listening.

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Gripping, heartbreaking and beautiful

This is an incredibly well told story. Each character comes to life. I was completely immersed in El’s world and thoughts and memories. Highly recommend this audible.

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A must listen

I couldn’t get enough of this book, I listen to a book a week and finished this in a couple of days. It was a extremely well written book. The descriptions in the book added to the atmosphere, I could feel, smell and see all the experiences the author was portraying. I loved that it started in the 60s and we traveled through the lifetime of the main character. I will say there are descriptions of abuse and if this is a triggering subject you need to be aware before listening, as it’s very upsetting.
The book as a whole is amazing, real and authentic. I will listen to it again for sure and I rarely do that with books. I would love to find something like it on the future. I cried in parts and related to some of the experiences the main character goes through. You won’t regret this book.

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Beautiful

A beautiful book with a winding plot line jumping from past to present. It’s sense of place was wonderfully and vividly drawn. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Brilliant.

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Well woven plot.

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The characters were very well formed and thinking back you could almost be a family member hearing gossip. The storyline had depth, going through 3 generations and how each lived kept this book interesting, engaging and gave rich background. . Very realistic love story for Elle where lust and love get a bit jumbled then replaced correctly. This could easily be a future mini series.

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Easy listening, entertaining

Did not appreciate the narrator who sounded like a robot.
The story was good - I enjoyed the story but considered returning the book due to the narrator...
Great for summer holiday listen.