A beautiful ride with Jeremy Irons and Juliet Stevenson

I have only been in the UK for six weeks and let me tell you the one thing that quickly struck me was the amount of traffic. Spending four years driving around Auckland, New Zealand was a cake walk by comparison. I have found the solution to my travel woes....Audio CD's. My son and I pop into the car each morning with a smile on our face knowing that we get to travel into a different world as we sit in the traffic weary grey skies of Surrey on these cold winter mornings.

Each morning we start the day with Jeremy Irons reading the J.R.R. Tolkien story, The Hobbit. He is brilliant... a master storyteller!

Once my son is out the door and on his merry way to class, I pop in my audio CD, The Beautiful Visit by Elizabeth Jane Howard.  It is read by actress, Juliet Stevenson who has a gift for telling a tale.

'A young woman, the daughter of unremarkable parents, passes through an ordinary childhood with little emotional awareness until age 16 when she's invited by distant acquaintances to a house party, which becomes the beautiful visit and the measuring stick of her past and present. Such a novel deserves a narrator of the highest abilities, and Juliet Stevenson is just that. She captures her audience with determined awareness and delicate timing. She steers each character to its proper niche and manipulates the author's words with an intelligence one can hear.' J.P. 
Can mornings get any better than listening to Jeremy Irons and Juliet Stevenson? I think not. My driving worries are over!

The Beautiful Visit reference via Audio File Magazine

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