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- Listening Length: 21 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 Aug. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KQRLOQG
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The Paying Guests Audio Download – Unabridged
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In The Paying Guests, the reader is immediately drawn in to the 1922 London setting. It's an era of faded elegance; Frances and her mother have fallen upon hard times. Father made some unwise investments, leaving his wife and daughter impoverished and the sons/ brothers died in the First World War. There are no servants, no men in the household and from the opening pages, the discomfort and sense of duty is almost palpable. To make ends meet, following the reluctant sale of household items, they are forced to take in the PGs of the title. The class division is immediately apparent. There's a new social order. Frances and her mother are no longer protected by class barriers and they're faced with the challenges of sharing both their lives and home with Lil and Len. They're 'clerk class'; a little coarse, but aspirational. Frances appears tight and constrained physically, mentally and emotionally. There's a sense of sadness and loss. In contrast, Lil personifies the new Flapper age with her shingle haircut and desire to embrace freedom, informality and a different lifestyle. Her husband Len is a cheeky chappy, confident and sensuous and full of innuendo.Read more ›
I'm in two minds slightly (several minds in fact) about it. Did I love it? Did I even like it? Did I just spend several torturous days pouring over the pages only to be punched in the solar plexus by the last few chapters? Was the ending perfect? Were the characters still likeable when all was said and done? Desperate and clinging, and often crazed with calamity as they were. Did I in fact grow to feel for them, hope for them, plan for them, only for them to let me down?
All of the above and more besides.
I can't fault the book on its wordiness, its atmosphere and depth. That's what you get with this author. I felt slightly oppressed by it in Affinity, it worked perfectly in Tipping the Velvet, and I especially cherished it in Fingersmith. This book drew me in the same, brought the characters to life, and had me reading until my eyes were raw in the hopes I could finish it, sit back and feel that everything, after all, would end up ok. Or some semblance of ok that I could live with at least.
I could live with this. It's not picture perfect. It's not all tied up in a neat bow and done with once you finish. I want to know what happens next. I need to know the rest of it, but that's not to say I wasn't satisfied with the ending; it just felt like I'd been drug there through so many bramble bushes and puddles of wet cement that I craved something more. Having said that, I felt the journey was worth it - though I do think that part 3 went on a little bit too long, with its aching need to keep me reading until I could barely stand the twisted anguish these two main characters found themselves in. It got a little maddening, but then I suppose that was the point.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Waters applies her superior skills as a period writer to great effect once again in this romance thriller. Read morePublished 8 days ago by J. Ang
I really enjoyed reading The Paying Guests - a well written, compulsive read with interesting and complex characters. Highly recommendedPublished 21 days ago by JessRutt
In my humble opinion not one of her best, bit slow, bit rambley for me, finished it, but .......so soPublished 24 days ago by MikenSue
A book of two halves. The social commentary and the crime thriller. Whilst I enjoyed the read, I felt that the book was too long and would have been better if cut by a third. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. M. Darcy
I'm a big fan of Sarah Waters but I found this book a tad too slow placed at times. It sometimes felt overly descriptive and dragged on a bit.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Good but harrowing, I love her descriptions so compelling but relentless in its narrative. It's really well written. She's very intelligent.Published 1 month ago by avidreader