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Publisher's Summary

This Must Be The Place: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!*

Short-listed for the Costa Novel Award - A Richard and Judy Pick 2017

A reclusive ex-film star living in the wilds of Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct, when a stranger approaches her home, is to reach for her shotgun. Why is she so fiercely protective of her family, and what made her walk out of her cinematic career when she had the whole world at her feet? 

Her husband, Daniel, reeling from a discovery about a woman he last saw 20 years ago, is about to make an exit of his own. It is a journey that will send him off course, far away from the life he and Claudette have made together. Will their love for one another be enough to bring Daniel back home? 

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2016 Maggie O'Farrell (P)2016 Headline Publishing Group Limited, 2018 Booktrack Holding Ltd (background soundtrack only)

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The narrators Penelope Rawlins and Thomas Judd are awesome. In the beginning I found the music intrusive but grew to enjoy it and found that it helped set the mood for each chapter. The characters are fully developed and become like good friends so that I am very sad to leave the world of the Sullivan's. O'Farrell is an insightful author whose narrative keeps one tied to the pages till the very end.

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  • Dot
  • 07-27-18

Music track

Very distracting and annoying. Overall story was interesting but I won’t buy with a music track again

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  • Heidi
  • 11-07-19

a wonderful story but the music doesnt work.

i loved this by the end but i had to fight to keep going through the music. it doesnt add anything.

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  • Vanna
  • 02-25-19

A good story badly presented

Maggie O'Farrell tells a good story but this is - again - an occasion when I should have read the book rather than listened to it. In particular, I HATED the background music which occurred regularly throughout the recording. I have hearing loss and this was a very unwelcome intrusion into my listening. I would be disinclined to try another Maggie O'Farrell recording now.

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  • Miss Gabrielle Doyle
  • 10-19-18

Dreadful Narration!

The narrator is dreadful. Can’t get through chapter 1. Awful music playing in the background. Terrible! Can’t rate the story because can’t listen to it! So disappointed as was looking forward to this book :-(

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  • musical granny
  • 09-23-18

A Beautiful Book

Maggie O’Farrell is a superb author who tells a compelling story with each book she writes. In this book her characters are intricately drawn and the story weaves in and out of several decades drawing the reader in with every word and sentence. It is an absolute joy to listen to mostly. However in this version the book was almost spoiled for me by the awful musical and sound accompaniments in the background the whole way through the book. I found it particularly annoying when listening to the book while driving my car as the strange tappings and crowd muttering at times made me think there was a problem with my car. Please Audible don’t spoil an excellent book like this with ‘noises off’. A writer like Maggie O’Farrell does not need this embellishment and the narrators read the story so beautifully that neither do they!

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  • 04-02-21

my comments

loved the book. hated the music distracts from story. should be option to mute music

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  • sliceandserve
  • 03-04-20

Gnaaarrrr! Stop the music!

I am not sure I can listen any more. Halfway through Chapter 1. This is making my ears bleed. Stop the goddamn music. And also, maybe not the guy for the job; hIs femaling is a bit not great and his accents dreadful. Either do it or dont... not the weird affected panto voices. I need a drink.

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  • Patric
  • 10-08-18

The sound of music!

What a shame. It had what seems to have an interesting plot but the over loud music completely spoilt it for me. I was hoping it was just the introduction but the music continued! I am afraid this old fashioned thing likes her books "neat" without a constant music background

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  • Carianne
  • 01-28-20

This author always writes a compelling story

Narration was well covered considering the varied characters perspectives & nationalities. The story development was cleverly shaped using these characters. With fluctuation in chapter headings and timeline, one needs to pay attention to the audio. Maggie O'Farrell is a mastermind of family drama.

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  • Pamela
  • 10-13-18

Great sort and character

Love this book, story and characters but found the background music really irritating and unnecessary.