Genevieve Gaunt performs this haunting novel with an intimate tone, a dramatic style, and a well-calibrated cadence. She has a lovely voice and gives Elodie, the baker's wife, an authentic rural delivery. Based on real events in Pont-Saint-Esprit, France, in 1951, the story begins with a mass poisoning that remains unsolved to this day. An American ambassador and his mysterious wife, Violet, arrive, and tragedy follows. Both Americans enchant Elodie, whose husband shows little romantic interest in her. The sensual Violet befriends Elodie. Elodie herself shares all of her intimate experiences, and much of the audiobook is told in letters addressed to Violet. The author reveals and conceals information. Her elegant spare prose suits this short, immersive listen. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2023]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9780593666609 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2023
DD ISBN 9780593666616 $66.50
Get our FREE Newsletter and discover a world of audiobooks.
Let us recommend your next great audiobook!
No algorithms here!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.
If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.
Thank you for contacting us!
Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!