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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven Audiobook

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

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Audible Editor Reviews

"A cracker." (Stylist, 10 Exciting Books in 2016)
"His best book to date." (Esquire, 10 best novels of 2016)

Publisher's Summary

The breathtaking new novel from the multiaward-winning author of The Other Hand.

When war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up.

Tom Shaw decides to give it a miss - until his flatmate, Alistair, unexpectedly enlists, and the conflict can no longer be avoided.

Young, bright and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvelous spy. When she is - bewilderingly - made a teacher, she instead finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget.

Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love as well as war that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams.

In a powerful combination of both humour and heartbreak, this dazzling novel weaves little-known history and a perfect love story through the vast sweep of the Second World War - daring us to understand that against the great theatre of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.

©2016 Chris Cleave (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Black Mary 10/06/2016
    Black Mary 10/06/2016

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    "An astonishing blend of laughter and pain."

    This book took me completely by surprise. I listened to the first few chapters several times and It still made me laugh out loud with delight.
    As the war progresses and the confidence and certainty of the main characters begins to disintegrate, the brilliant colours of the opening chapters darken and fade. The humour, which is always present, becomes bleaker and sharper.
    I love the fact that Tom's jar of Blackberry jam takes on the significance of preserving colour and ultimately, redemption.
    The narration was extraordinary. It was hard to believe there was only one narrator, so skilfully did Luke Thompson inhabit the different characters.
    I cannot recommend this audible book enough.

    52 of 56 people found this review helpful
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    Sigrin Valdisere, France 08/10/2016
    Sigrin Valdisere, France 08/10/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, but missing something"


    This was a great story set at the outbreak of WW2, with romance, testing of friendships, tragedy and triumphs. However, overall it missed something, that could have made it a great book.

    Mr Cleave describes in great detail various really unimportant bits but when the chips were down and something major was happening like war, death and tragedy it was just not given the description and emotion it deserved. I had to rewind a couple of times thinking I had missed something.

    An example was the diarrhoea like explosion of adjectives for the opening of the blackberry jam, but the death of one of the main characters was a couple of short sentences, with no real emotion. So that's why I gave it a low overall score.

    The narration by Luke Thompson was perfect, his women's voices exceptional which makes me recommend this book despite the problems I have mentioned.

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    liz 06/02/2017
    liz 06/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't listen to the last minute"

    I loved this book right until the last minute.

    It was beautifully written and captivating throughout.

    Then the last minute ruined it.

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    Sam 31/01/2017
    Sam 31/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "a love story despite everything"

    I went for this book hoping someone had finally written a book with a balance between a love story and a war story. That hasn't happened. This is a love story set with the back ground of world war 2 but no battle actually takes place (in terms of the characters locations).

    However having said all that, this is a fantastic book which brilliantly captures four people, breaks them beyond measure and then provides a realistic but hopeful ending. Its very good just not a war story. I suppose the point of the book is that heroes weren't all in some field on France. They were everywhere, mostly, in this case, being bombed to despair in London and this book brilliantly captures that struggle.

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    T. D. Larden 30/01/2017
    T. D. Larden 30/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb narration.... a superb listen"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this... the narrator is superb really bringing to life the main characters who all have superbly witty lines.

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    Mrs Ann P Couldrick 13/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "A beautiful story"

    So accurate about the time in which this novel is set, all already familiar to me, so moving, full of fascinating three dimensional characters.
    Every book by Chris Cleave has been so worthwhile reading.

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    David 22/12/2016
    David 22/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I had just finished Nocturnal Animals when I moved onto this one"

    I fell in love with this book almost instantly. It is a wonderful book full of love. I can not recommend it enough. I think after Nocturnal Animals it was just what I needed to clear away the spite and nastiness of that.
    A great book touching on the damage of war and the little told story of ethnic minorities in war time London.

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    J 18/12/2016
    J 18/12/2016
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    "very nice story beautifully read"

    a little bit long and at first I was impatient for it to get going but I enjoyed the story and was pleased I kept listening

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    Lyn 13/12/2016
    Lyn 13/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "EXCELLENT STORY"

    A personal look through a young women's eyes at her life and loves during WWII.

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    Amazon Customer 09/12/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Dire dire dire"

    I wish I could have a refund!!!!! Profoundly overrated. Such flowery prose is relentless. Boring character s. Juvenile banter passing as humour and so cliched and stereotyped. The narrator sounded as bored as I was. Tried so hard to persevere but just couldn't. Can't comment on plot as one didn't appear before I had to give up. Narration was so laboured I even tried speeding it up but still didn't work!! VERY DISSAPPOINTED

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