July 1910: The grisly remains of Cora Crippen, music hall singer and wife of Dr. Hawley Crippen, are discovered in the cellar of 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Camden. But the Doctor and his mistress, Ethel Le Neve, have vanished, much to the frustration of Scotland Yard and the outrage of a horrified London.
Across the Channel in Antwerp, the SS Montrose sets sail on its two week voyage to Canada. Amongst its passengers are the overbearing Antonia Drake and her daughter Victoria, who is hell-bent on romance, the enigmatic Mathieu Zela and the modest Martha Hayes. Also on board are the unassuming Mr John Robinson and his seventeen-year-old son Edmund. But all is not as it seems....
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I could not put this book down. The masterly way John Boyne see-sawed between historic and current date lines was expertly brought to life by narrator, and character actor, James Daniel Wilson. This book kept me guessing to the last chapter. A great example of how factual incidents can be turned into exciting fiction. This is a must!
John boyne is the excellent story teller . I bought this audio book and finished listen within 2-3 days eventhough I was busy. James daniel wilson is an excellent reader and I now start looking for his narrative audio books.
This picture was taken in the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen. If ever you come to visit Holland, make sure you visit this museum!
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I can't compare Crippen to any other book, because there were so many characters and different voices. Or it must be The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. Yes, that book comes pretty close.
Nothing is what it seems.
What a delicious book this was. Good speed, very good accents. There were times that I thought a whole army of narrators were behind the microphone. But no, mr. Wilson did it all on his own. Chapeau!
My next book will be The Absolutist. Have already read this book in Dutch, but it is such a good book too, that it will be like reading it for the first time. John Boyne's books really get me. Except for The Second Child. Too short a book and the tale was a bit flimsy.
You can never go wrong with this wonderful story, and John Boyne is an excellent author.
The narrator just let it down badly as far as I'm concerned. Strange ways of pronouncing words, strange pauses, strange launches at other words. Constantly distracting. Almost enough to make me give up on several occasions.
Worth a listen for the story, but be prepared to be distracted by the narrator.
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