• The Memory Box: A beautiful, timeless, absolutely heartbreaking love story and World War Two historical fiction

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (346 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
The Memory Box: A beautiful, timeless, absolutely heartbreaking love story and World War Two historical fiction  By  cover art

The Memory Box: A beautiful, timeless, absolutely heartbreaking love story and World War Two historical fiction

By: Kathryn Hughes
Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $20.90

Buy for $20.90

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A heartbreakingly beautiful novel, The Memory Box unlocks an unforgettable epic story of love and war, from the million-copy-selling author of The Letter, Kathryn Hughes. If you adored The Nightingale, The Tuscan Contessa or My Name is Eva, this is the book for you. 

Some love stories can't be forgotten.... 

Jenny Tanner opens the box she has cherished for decades. Contained within are her most precious mementoes, amongst them a pebble, a carving and a newspaper cutting she can hardly bear to read. But Jenny knows the time is finally here. After the war, in a mountainside village in Italy, she left behind a piece of her heart. However painful, she must return to Cinque Alberi. And lay the past to rest.

After a troubled upbringing, Candice Barnes dreams of a future with the love of her life - but is he the man she believes him to be? When Candice is given the opportunity to travel to Italy with Jenny, she is unaware the trip will open her eyes to the truth she's been too afraid to face. Could a place of goodbyes help her make a brave new beginning?

©2021 Kathryn Hughes (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

What listeners say about The Memory Box: A beautiful, timeless, absolutely heartbreaking love story and World War Two historical fiction

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    283
  • 4 Stars
    51
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    282
  • 4 Stars
    27
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    256
  • 4 Stars
    49
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Her usual good book with one exception

I have listened to most of the books on audible by by ‘Kathryn Hughes and enjoyed them a lot. Ms Hughes needs to be aware of her audience and be neutral in cultural wars I didn’t need to hear her take pleasure of homosexual men being married . GOD called it an abomination and I feel it has no place in writing for a general audience. I almost stopped the recording to return the book but then she moved in to others subjects. It was heart breaking or bitter sweet is better word. It was very slow getting started but when it picked up was a great start Ms Hughes is a very good writer especially ww11 my favorite. Genre

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Love Story Not Historical Fiction

I'm halfway through, and not sure I can finish. This is NOT historical fiction, it's a love story set in the 1940s told by the main character in 2019. The supporting character is dating a narcissist and it's hard to listen to him groom her. I like historical fiction because you learn so much about history in an entertaining way. This is not that. This is a story about different types of love and abuse.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Delightful

Loved it! enjoyed every minute of it. At times heart renching. But mostly heart warming.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

wonderful story lived the narration

loved every minute of another triumph by Kathleen Hughes. the narrative was excellent.. all round very enjoyable

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Memory Box

I was completely entranced with this great story with all its surprising twists and turns. The dramatic reading of the reader made me feel as if I were watching the story on a screen. She was amazing in the way she had a voice quality for each character. This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys stories about people’s lives during World War Ii.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful, captivating

It has been a while since a book has made me really feel the characters!! Loved this!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Oh my goodness! So so good!

I’ll be thinking of this book for a long time. Heartbreaking but so wonderful. These characters will stay in my heart for a long long time. The narrator is one of the best I’ve listened to. I hated for it to end!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

wonderful

absolutely love this book. I found myself being drawn in to the storyline wanting more.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Dr. M M Christy

I enjoyed everything about this story. I give the overall performance of this presentation a high grade.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The reviews delivered on this one!

I love Kathryn Hughes awesome gift to tell beautiful stories! This one is another hit for me!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ally_G
  • Ally_G
  • 01-07-22

WONDERFUL READ.

It’s been a while since I enjoyed a book s much as this one. The characters were marvellously described and the narrator brought each of them to life with her ability to slip from one accent to another. There were shocks & unexpected surprises throughout the book, particularly in the last quarter of the story. Overall, reading this book left a warm, fuzzy feeling that lasted even beyond my husband getting home from work! 😁

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Andrew Lucas
  • Andrew Lucas
  • 09-16-21

Great story great listen

Loved it, a heartwarming story with a twist at the end. Made me laugh, made me cry. Great characters made real by the narrator Rachel Atkins.
Now for my next Kathryn Hughes book, can't wait.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for S. Christie
  • S. Christie
  • 02-11-22

Superb

I enjoyed this novel as much as all the other novels buy this author. Great story, wonderful characterisation and superb narration. Sorry it’s finished. I would recommend.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for pete f
  • pete f
  • 01-21-22

Excellent in Every Way

I don't often like storys where episodes change in date / time, this was an exception, great storyline, lovely characters and brilliant narration. An excellent book all round

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Juliette E.
  • Juliette E.
  • 11-23-22

Wonderful

My mum read this first and recommended it to me , it was such a lovely story, well done to the narrator , amazing , heart warming , you will love it x

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-24-22

wonderfully endearing book.

couldn't stop listening to it. loved every minute and thought it was so well narrated. didn't want it to end!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mervyn T.
  • Mervyn T.
  • 09-23-22

Fabulous storyline. Another cracker by Kathryn Hughes

The reader was absolutely superb!! More like this please!!!! I have loved all Kathryn’s books to date - never been disappointed!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for firekat
  • firekat
  • 09-21-22

Really enjoyable

I really enjoyed this story, good storyline. I Liked how the story was told through the two main characters. I would recommend this

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for 4children
  • 4children
  • 09-20-22

Excellent read

Excellent book. Great characters great plot and twists. Not predictable. Well researched. Definitely recommend.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Denise M.
  • Denise M.
  • 08-01-22

fabulous story

Great beginning fabulous middle and wonderful end .would love this to be made into a film ,I would certainly buy tickets to go. Rachel Atkins narrated beautifully

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-21

Wow what a wonderful story!

Enjoyed from beginning to end!
Engrossing story with excellent narrating with lots of surprises! Definitely one of my favourites of Kathryn Hughes books