Shortlisted for: Popular Fiction Book of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
From the No.1 internationally bestselling author comes the third heart-stopping adventure exploring the incredible history, legends and hidden secrets of Carcassonne and the Languedoc. Set during World War II in the far south of France, Citadel is a powerful, action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front, back at home a different battle is waged, full of clandestine bravery, treachery and secrets.
And as a cell of Maquis resistance fighters, codenamed Citadel, fight for everything they hold dear, their struggle will reveal an older, darker combat being fought in the shadows. Combining the rugged action of Labyrinth with the haunting mystery of Sepulchre, Citadel is a story of daring and courage, of lives risked for beliefs and of astonishing secrets buried in time.
Read by Finty Williams. Finty Williams is a successful stage and screen actress. Her theatre credits include Luise Miller at The Donmar, Twelfth Night at The National, Bedlam at Shakespeare's Globe, and Bedroom Farce at Rose Theatre & Duke of York's and Tons of Money at Theatre Royal Windsor. Television work includes Cranford and Born and Bred and film features include The Good Night, Ladies In Lavender and Gosford Park. Finty regularly performs on radio and has read numerous audio books. She also provided the voice of Angelina in the hit children's television and audio book series Angelina Ballerina.
©2012 Mosse Associates Ltd (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
I have really enjoyed the author's previous works so am giving it a lot of leeway. The narrator makes much of the language of the book but makes no distinction between one character and another until far too late in the book. I am perservering with this book rather than being swept along by it.
I have always been an avid devourer of the written word. I am now no longer to read books and cannot wait for Audible day each month.
This book is simply superb, and any fans of Ms Mosse will not be disappointed.
It sticks to the usual formula of two stories, separated by hundreds of years, which come to mesh together. The main story is based in the French Free Zone durning the middle and latter years of WWII. It may be the same formula, but it is by no means a regurgitation of the same stories of the author's previous novels.
The only caveat I would add is that this book does presuppose that the reader has read "Labyrinth"; I can imagine that anyone reading "Citadel" as a stand-alone book, not having read any of the author's previous books based in the Languedoc , could find themselves rather confused in places.
Kate Mosse definitely has a clear style: the historical, dual timeline with some supernatural elements thrown in. In this case, the fantasy aspect is played down a lot compared to some of her other works, and only really comes to the fore towards the end. I very much enjoyed her first book, 'Labyrinth', but was a bit disappointed by 'Sepulcre'. I think this one is back up to the standards of the first one. Her historical knowledge is obviously very good, as is her knowledge of France. Definitely one to give a go.
I don't like to give away story lines so I will just like to say, the final book in the Languedoc trilogy lived up to the high expectations I had for it.
I must confess to being sad when the end came.
I would highly recommend d this book, I really cared for the resistance fighters and hated other characters, that is all I will say - except give yourself a treat and listen
Constantly searching for the perfect novel
I've listened to 3/4 of this book and eventually I gave up. It's not that bad I guess, but it's so unremarkable and predictable that I can't carry on. The prose is never particularly inspired, the characters are dull, and the attempts at moving the reader by saying that the protagonist or someone else 'had tears in her eyes' fail to engage me. When the heroine makes yet another avoidable mistake I'm sorry but that's enough. I really can't say I care to know what happens next, even if I've already spent SOOO much time listening to this!
I've read read rather than listened to other Kate Mosse books and so cannot make a direct comparison - other than to say I thought Flinty Williams did a good job. This story did however seem to me to be drawn out so much longer than it needed to be and yet despite the length I felt that various threads of the tale were not completely tied up. Also the ending - after such a HUGE tale was incredibly weak.
For some reason I am drawn to war torn stories and yet none have made me feel more depressed than this.
This really good to listen to. A verbal page turner well read by Finty Williams. It is both informative of the particular area of war time Vichy France and historically accurate.
Since I started listening to Audible Books It has become very apparent to me how important it is that the reader of the spoken novel is suited to it. Finty Williams was a good choice for this one, she portrays the charactors well and captures the mood of the times.
Having very much enjoyed this I was looking forward to "Sepulchre" also by Kate Mosse. However, when I purchased this and started to listen I was dismayed to hear the voice of an American actress using "American English" reading it. This completely ruined it for me and I returned it. (Thank you Audible for that facility) Laurelei King would be a great choice for an American novel, or a novel where the accent of nationality is not a consideration.
This is in my opinion the best kate mosse has written , she has done a superb job in transporting you to war torn france ,her attention to detail with village life in france is fantastic, I live in southern france , so it is easy for me to visualise this alongside the excellent descriptions from ms mosse, .Because the characters are described in such detail,you feel an empathy for them . It bought tears to my eyes as I felt emotionally involved !!
Yes.Its an engaging story of two young people in happy and tragic circumstances, its a story of intrigue. Its a story of courage and honour and love and terror. It's a story about heroism and unselfish acts and love. It's a story to inspire. Its full of adventure and themes. So much happens that its easy to lose track but the major characters are real and engaging and you just have to know what happens to them so it is possible to read it again and again
Sandrine to begin becuase she reminded me so much of someone I once knew. But then she grew into a character I wish I had known.
Her voice is just right for this story. It could easily have descended into soap opera but she kept the pace just right. Rare moments of softness and gentleness but mostly the seriousness of life at the time is reflected in the pace of the reading.
Many. Particulalry the scenes between the sisters Sandrine and Marianne. But also Audric Baillard; and the more obvious scenes of confinement.
A magnificent story which on reflection deserves a proper full serialisation as per HBO or the Village by the BBC or Heimart. Where will Kate Mosse go next?
I would certainly listen a 2nd time to this book as there is so much detail that you always catch something new the next time around.
Sandrines character is my favourite, I love how her voice changes depending on which situation she finds herself, either very childish or sometime much older for her years.
"Kate Mosse Citadel"
Fantastic, this is the second time I have listened to Citadel. I have really enjoyed her other two books in this series. My favourite is Sepulchre.
I really loved the narrator, Finty Williams, probably would have bought others of hers, but they seem to be all young children's books.
I look forward to giving 5 stars to other books by Kate Mosse.
"Moving and interesting"
The historic background and the credible characters.
No. I wanted to read and think and then read some more.
Very interesting historic and geographical points in the book that made me research a little further. The underlying love story was poignant and added to the edginess of the characters wartime experiences
"Good, but not as good as Labyrinth"
I like the combination of the way Kate Mosse describes the Languedoc surroundings and the intertwined historic story lines. I've also read Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Winter Ghosts. Citadel is not the best one between the other books (Labyrinth is still my favorite), but it still is a great book.
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