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Casting Off

By: Elizabeth Jane Howard
Narrated by: Jill Balcon
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Publisher's Summary

This is the final volume of The Cazalet Chronicle, the quartet of novels chronicling the lives of a British family before, during, and after the Second World War. VE Day has been celebrated, but the war with Japan goes on. Polly, Clary, and Louise are grown up, discovering loneliness, loss, and passion. Rupert, missing in France for so long, returns to find Zoe curiously withdrawn; Edward will be forced to choose between wife and mistress; Hugh must finally accept Sybil's death. Casting Off shows us the lives of these individuals, but also gives us a panoramic view of what was happening in England during the crucial post-war period.
©1995 Elizabeth Jane Howard (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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The audio quality is terrible

The story and the perfomance are great, but it sounds horrible. It's like listening through a closed door. Why?

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Enjoyed this series so much that I put up with a soft roaring sound in the background, much like the sound of a heartbeat on sonogram.

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love!

simply adored it...for the 3rd time!
And Jill Balcon's voice is so expressive and addictive.

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  • KTSN
  • 09-10-18

Unfortunate background noise

Have much enjoyed the Cazalet family books, but this audio book was spoilt by what sounded like constantly running water in the background. This is the first problem I have had like this from audio books, and hope will be the last because it was extremely irritating, and a very unprofessional recording, and not what I would expect from Audible. A shame because I like the voice of the narrator.

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  • Essex Reader
  • 04-22-18

Brilliant story, but hard at times to hear

The story was wonderful, as all the Cazalet Chronicles are. But beware the poor quality of the recording. Any chance, audible, you could rectify this?

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  • Louisa
  • 04-26-13

Fabulous

Without a doubt this series is the best I've listened to in a very long time - Jill Balcon's sympathetic reading brings all the characters to life. We have followed their fortunes throughout the four books, and as the series winds down, we are sad to realize that this is the last book and we have to say goodbye, but are also delighted at the skill and emotional balance of this superb story teller and emotionally charged narration.

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  • M. Ponsonby
  • 01-13-12

Very disappointed a good book totally ruined.

I am sorry to be negative. I love this book by Elizabeth Jane Howard and have the first three. I never checked that the reader was the same for Casting Off. This reader Jill Balcon has a very flat voice, there is no difference showing who is talking it gets very confusing. Some readers in particular Julia Franklin are wonderful. Not Jill, her voice shows no emotion and she sounds bored. I normally check readers as the voice is so important but did not check this one as I presumed it would be the same as the original 3 books, Elenor Bron I think it is.

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  • david dodson (purple triangle ltd)
  • 11-09-16

Fantastic book

I have know completed all five books in this series. I hardly ever give five stars but these books totally deserve it.
I didn't want any of them to end. I feel like the characters are real people that I know. I can't put my finger on what makes them so brilliant unfortunately, as I wish I could write stories like these. I loved the innocence of the children and the time. I couldn't wait to go to bed to be able to listen to them. I completely and utterly lost myself in every one of the books. It's interesting as such things as morals and thoughts on life are as relevant hundred years of so ago as they are today.
I would totally recommend all five of these books. I cannot sing their praises enough.
The narration was absolutely fantastic with lots of different voices to have to change into. I did read that the narrator was a friend of the writer. Excellent work well done, I wish I spoke as beautifully as you do.
You must must listen to these books.

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  • Knucklebones
  • 04-23-13

Happy-ever-after - and a poor narrator to boot

This is the 4th and final novel in the 'Cazalet Chronicles' series, and it's the most irritatingly unrealistic of the lot. What had started out as an interesting family saga set between the war years, by this stage had deteriorated into a tie-the-ends-up, happily-ever-after fantasy. I can't recall so actively disliking a set of characters as much (but then I never was one for romantic fiction). By this stage, too, I was finding Jill Balcon's voice incredibly irritating. It veers wildly between deep and piping, depending on whether she's depicting adults or children, and unless I wore headphones I often missed what she said. I also found there were scarcely any pauses between different scenes - I'd be listening to one scene only to find that the story had moved on in the next breath to somewhere entirely different. It shows how little variety there was in Balcon's reading for me not to spot the switch of location until several minutes had passed. I was so happy when this awful concluding book finally came to its end.

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  • M. Steel
  • 11-20-16

Wonderful story, beautifully read

I have just loved every part of this story, of the whole series. It's quite hard to have finished it. It has been fascinating as the story has moved from wartime into peace and into my own experience of social history. The characterisation is excellent and it will be a while before I can leave these people behind.

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 11-13-16

Very pleasing!

Gently and beautifully written about a very believable and endlessly engaging cast of characters. Splendidly read by Jill Balcon who seems to catch the subtle nuances and the lovely period flavour of these charming books!

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  • Marvellous Maud
  • 07-18-16

Story telling at its best

A gentle, delightful and captivating quartet of novels, beautifully read. I was immersed from start to finish and almost sad when the novels ended.

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  • Bob D
  • 07-01-15

Beautiful

Love this book, so sad it's finished, missing all the characters already, what a beautifully written book and narration was perfect.

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