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The Gap of Time

The Winter's Tale Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Written by: Jeanette Winterson
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Classics, Shakespeare

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Publisher's Summary

"I saw the strangest sight tonight." New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up - light as a star - and decides to take her home.

London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money, but he doesn't know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is his newborn baby even his?

New Bohemia. Seventeen years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love, but there's a lot they don't know about who they are and where they come from.

Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winter's Tale vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will end in either tragedy or forgiveness. It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.

©2015 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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  • Judith Seaboyer
  • 30-05-17

A fine reworking of The Winter's Tale, but ...

Where does The Gap of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Hard to say. I like the narrative--the novel is a lovely reworking of Shakespeare's wonderful odd pastoral romnance the Winter's Tale, but the narration is mixed, and much of it is awful, irritating.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrative and the weirdness of the genre that is romance.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

I don't know. There are several narrators. Perdita is ghastly, as is Xeno (Polixenes), as is Pauline (Paulina). Perdita's voice is squeaky and irritatingly childlike for a 16-year-old (or is she 18?). Her Southern American accent struck me as unconvincing, but it's not as bad as Xeno's upper-class English twit accent/tone. I stuck it out because I wanted to know what happened, but my advice would be choose the print version for this one. Pity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-18

Time

Jeanette Winterson always offers something beautiful and poetic, The Gap of Time, is no exception. Creative, interesting, sad, funny and poignant. I’m obsessed with time - so this was even more so of interest for me.

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  • Wayne Davies
  • 26-10-18

Wierd

Boring, wierd and all over the place. To much going on, didn’t know if I was coming or going

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-15

What a rollercoaster!

If you could sum up The Gap of Time in three words, what would they be?

What a rollercoaster!

What did you like best about this story?

I particularly enjoyed the links to Shakespeare's 'A Winter's Tale' and also the clever resettlement of the story into the modern day. The narrators did an excellent job of performing each character. You always knew who was speaking and there was a huge amount of emotion conveyed with the words.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any of these narrator's other performances yet.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. What price would you pay?

Any additional comments?

I saw Jeannette Winterson speak at the Cheltenham Literary Festival about this book and I was fascinated. This is an excellent performance and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I often found myself sat outside work for several extra minutes just to try and get a bit further in the story. I would definitely recommend this to any Shakespeare enthusiast and to anyone who wants to explore the theme of forgiveness.

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  • Lotte
  • 03-04-20

I LOVE THIS BOOK

Such a wonderful adaptation of the winters tale and beautifully read! Really enjoyed. Highly recommend whether you know the winters tale or not

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  • Paul Masters
  • 01-11-19

Wonderful.

My favourite book for 2019.

The audio book performances were also superb. I will treasure my audio copy.

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  • Book Guru
  • 13-01-18

I wanted to like this book so much....

but the characters were so awful it was hard to. Read the original and skip this.

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  • AndreaK
  • 20-10-17

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I enjoyed the story, though I found it hard to see the parallel with The Winter's Tale at times. I also found the different narrators a bit disconcerting when two readers spoke as the same character. the epilogue analysing Shakespeare's plays interesting.

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  • Zoe Towers
  • 04-10-17

fantastic version of winters tale.

Loved it. Highly recommend. My first audio book and finished it so quickly it is that good.

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  • Chuck DeLacroix
  • 02-05-17

Exceptional

Spellbinding story and performance. A truly great interpretation of a brilliant masterpiece. The readers are all excellent.

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  • fan
  • 19-03-17

Poorly written and awfully narrated.

Hard to believe this was written by Jeanette Winterson. The narrative , though interestingly conceived is poor, the writing deeply annoying (specially the continual use of Yiddish phrases and Jewish characature, ). The male characters are for the most, indicative of the author's misandry. And surely, only children writing school story essays are allowed to write: "he said........", she said.........."......"he said .........."

The reader(s) are consistently inconsistent in accents and pace - resulting In a mad jumble of poorly delivered lines.

Surprisingly poor audiobook!!

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  • DanieWP
  • 29-12-16

A compelling re - telling

I thought this re - imagining of a Winters Tale worked surprisingly well, given the unlikeliness of a rich child disappearing and re-appearing in the household of a poor black family in modern times. Curiosity about the achievement of the resolution drove me through some uneven performances (the older men all sounded like Sandi Toksvieg & the southern accents were awful). I will read the book now too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-17

Superb.

Superb. Exquisite, lyrical narrative. Emotive, beautifully timed narration. The narrators captured perfectly Wintersons sublime philosophical musings that intersperse the broader storytelling.

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