I'm an avid reader and my choice of books is pretty eclectic. The heavier stuff I still read, but I love audible books for lighter stuff!
Marian Sutro is bilingual and is recruited by the Special Ops unit in the Second World War to be trained to be a French agent. The novel follows her through this period and into France as she pursues her 'special mission'. I couldn't stop listening to this book - it has a great plot, which keeps you wondering what happens next and really getting involved in Marian's fate. Further though, this is not just a good thriller, the writing is at times absolutely beautiful, and some descriptions will stay with me for a long time.
The narration is also beautifully done, with each character having their own distinctive voice. I thoroughly recommend.
It is a love story, yes, but much more than that too. I was really transported back to Japan at that time - the perilous life led by the colonists so far away from home in a culture that was totally alien. How this ill-assorted bunch coped with the isolation in their different ways,from visiting whores to botany; the corruption - both Dutch and Japanese; the power of the shadowy Shogun - it is all intriguing and gave me a true flavour of what life was like at that time. The plot twists and turns and is both funny and sad at times, but it carries you along and never drags. What added an extra dimension to an already captivating tale though, was how excellently it is read - both narrators made a cracking good job of coping with the Japanese accents. Added to this Jonathan Aris showed such versatility, Irish, West Country, London, German... and of course Dutch accents - all tackled successfully - it is rare to hear such skill. The reading made the book really shine in my opinion. In short, if you are considering reading this book hesitate no longer - it is excellent!
A subtle ghost story, and all the more believable as the story is told through a character on the periphery of what was happening. Beautifully done, and the complex intertwining of the characters and the house itself builds up a rich atmosphere, which Sarah Waters does so well. Personally I enjoyed the fact that the ending was not cut-and-dried and left you wondering.......
I must admit when I first read the blurb I was a little disappointed that the author had stayed away from the Victorian era, but with her usual skill she has ended up interesting me just as much in the post-war period and the social adjustments that went on at that time instead!
Very well narrated - with the Warwickshire accent not sounding like a parody - quite a feat!
This was a long book but very enjoyable and nicely told. Easy to listen too. Although long it didn't seem so. I would recommend this to some one looking for something gentle to listen too with a good story with a twist.