Mr. Chartwell

Mr. Chartwell

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2011
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July 1964. Chartwell House, Kent: Winston Churchill wakes at dawn. There's a dark, mute "presence" in the room that focuses on him with rapt concentration. It's Mr. Chartwell. Soon after, in London, Esther Hammerhans, a librarian at the House of Commons, goes to answer the door to her new lodger. Through the glass she sees a vast silhouette the size of a mattress. It's Mr. Chartwell. Charismatic, dangerously seductive, Mr. Chartwell unites the eminent statesman at the end of his career and the vulnerable young woman. But can they withstand Mr. Chartwell's strange, powerful charms and his stranglehold on their lives? Can they even explain who or what he is and why he has come to visit?
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2011
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780307879950
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (ca. 71 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Duerden, Susan


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Sep 02, 2017

A bizarre tale to say the least but I found it mildly entertaining and as a dark book at least it ends well.

Apr 01, 2017

Agree with the bleak evaluation of this bleak novel. Reviewers talk about black comedy and "exuberance" of this 1st novel. The audiobook reader does not seem to have understood this . She turns the whole thing into a thousand sentences all read in a tense, urgent, somewhat hushed voice with most sentences following the same duh - duh - duh- down intonation no matter what she's saying.

Incredibly tedious reading of a quirky novel that probably should have been a short story. The whole "black dog" thing was fun at first, then interesting, but then by Disc 3 of the 6 it was just repetitive and tedious.

Oct 03, 2016

The author has used a childhood phrase "Black Dog," an expression of Victorian nannies to connote bad moods, into a bizarre book where both Churchill and a librarian hallucinate a black dog that brushes its teeth and makes a barbecue. Churchill did have dark times ( who can blame him?) that he referred to as the "black dog". The reference was most likely instilled in the nursery and not a statement that he actually saw such an animal. Ridiculous premise and terrible book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Apr 05, 2011

Susan Deurden is a very good reader but not even she can bring life to this sad puppy of a novel. In case you're interested, Mr. Chartwell is a drooling dog that stands over six feet at the shoulder and speaks in a voice out of a horror movie.

I think Mr. Chartwell is intended to be comedic but it isn't.

One star for the reader, no stars for the story.


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