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The Road Between Us Audiobook

The Road Between Us

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June 1939. In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. One is court-martialled for "conduct unbecoming"; the other is deported home to Germany for "re-education" in a brutal labour camp. They must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences.

April 2012. A British diplomat, held hostage in an Afghan cave for eleven harrowing years, is unexpectedly freed. He returns to London to find his wife is dead. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are tormenting him. Was his wife's death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how is his release linked to what his father did in the Second World War?

©2013 Nigel Farndale (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    the typist 04/01/2014
    the typist 04/01/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Thrillingly beautiful, but..."
    Would you try another book written by Nigel Farndale or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

    Absolutely. Nigel Farndale is a first class writer and the narration was excellent.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending ruined my entire reading experience. After building up an achingly beautiful romance between two men during WWII it felt like the writer had chickened out of an EM Forster style happy ending and instead plumped for schlocky twists and turns and a woefully unbelievable, inappropriate and borderline offensive finish. The writer is clearly not a gay man as two of his protagonists turned bisexual in the last couple of chapters. Nevermind that they'd spent 5 years and an entire war waiting for each other. Utter tosh!


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant.


    Do you think The Road Between Us needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Goodness me no, the last two chapters need re-writing however.


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    Amazon Customer 25/07/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating"

    A beautifully written novel. The subject matter is sometimes brutal, sometimes filled with anguish, but written with such an engaging sensitivity, that draws you in and holds you tight.

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    HLB 12/05/2016
    HLB 12/05/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Beyond the taboos lies a desert of nothingness"
    Would you try another book written by Nigel Farndale or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

    I would listen to Jonathan Keeble again, but I wouldn't read another novel by Nigel Farndale.


    What was most disappointing about Nigel Farndale’s story?

    There seemed to be no substance to this book. The narratives in the novel relate to hostage-taking in Afghanistan, a Nazi concentration-camp, and incestuous desire, among other things. My impression is that these big topics were supposed to supply a kind of gravitas, something that could pass for depth. However the only thing profound about the book in my reading of it was its dreary, cliched triviality. I eventually gave up about four fifths of the way through and felt relieved to have done so.


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    Usually an easy voice to listen to. Good pace, clear articulation.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Road Between Us?

    I'd have cut all of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel a bit bad being so negative about this book. Clearly there are others who really like the book, judging by reviews on Amazon and here. I guess Nigel Farndale is sufficiently successful not to be very much concerned by the negative reaction of the occasional reader.

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    iris Paris, France 25/06/2014
    iris Paris, France 25/06/2014 Member Since 2015

    I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.

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    "Intriguing listen"

    This is the narration of two parrallel stories the first one of Charles a young graduate of the Slade Art School in 1938 who has joined also joined up in anticipation of the coming War. He is involved in a relationship with Anselm also a student of the Art school, but a German. While pondering what they can do about their love in the face of the coming war they are arrested and Anselm is deported back to Germany and Charles discharged. At this point the narration of the second story begins which concerns the son of Charles, Edward. Edward has just returned from Afghanistan where he was held hostage for over ten years and this story is situated in the present.
    At first I was so absorbed in the story of Charles I felt it was an intrusion to have to follow the story of Edward but as the book went on alternating between the two I became more engrossed in both stories. The story of Charles is the more captivating as he lived in dangerous times and his war life was one of action with many events happening to him and also to Anselm who was imprisoned in a German prisoner camp mainly for political prisoners in Alsace on what was French soil. His one guiding principle is his love for Anselm and his determined resolution to save him. Being a hostage Edward describes it as ten years of nothing happening except trying not to go insane and struggling to survive in the face of gross neglect and lonliness. His love of his wife and daughter helped him through the long struggle. His story is also one of love and its mysterious power.
    There is also a mystery around the payment of the ransom for Edward's release which links up to the past life of Charles and reveals things to Edward which he had never known about.
    The one aspect of the narration I found difficult was that when Edward begins to recover he finds himself falling in love with his daughter - mainly because of her close resemblance to her mother who had committed suicide once she thought Edward had died as a hostage. I did not like the return of his sexual feelings being focused in this way but in all fairness neither does Edward so he has to renounce his proximity to her and leave her to get on with her own life. He discovers that his father had to renounce love from a sense of duty also.
    The narrator is absolutely splendid and without his excellent performance I am sure I would not have become so absorbed and engaged in the narration.

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    Heidi 21/03/2014
    Heidi 21/03/2014
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    "This is a marvelous story by an excellent author"
    What did you like most about The Road Between Us?

    I was totally enthralled by this story. The narrator was excellent and I looked forward to each installment. I think I enjoyed the story more by listening to it than I would have done by reading the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Both timescales, probably the WWII scenes best.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It is difficult to choose among so many diverse scenes.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was uncomfortable in the parts concerning Charles's feelings for Hannah.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read The Blasphemer by the same author and rate that book very highly too.

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    stella Nottingham, United Kingdom 06/02/2014
    stella Nottingham, United Kingdom 06/02/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely fantastic :)"
    Where does The Road Between Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3


    What other book might you compare The Road Between Us to, and why?

    Any love story, set in a war, when the lovers are separated by two warring countries......... But with a difference


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Can't choose one, I enjoyed the whole book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't want my car journey to end each day, I enjoyed listening to it so much. The ironing was done too quickly too, but I was quite sad when the book finished.


    Any additional comments?

    I used references to the historical story in my year 8 tutor time, and they, like me were shocked and surprised by the treatment of the Germans to their own, during the war.

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    the Stoker 26/01/2014
    the Stoker 26/01/2014
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    "Double time, double lives"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gave much insight into history of the second world war from an interesting perspective of a bisexual man (Charles Northcote) of the era as well as modern day issues in the telling of Edward Northcote's story . The author had realistic characters who conveyed great depth of feeling and real substance to the way humans will react in extreme circumstances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The understanding of human nature and the variety of characters


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

    Both Edward and Charles Northcote


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Charles Northcote finally finds Anshelm in the camp was the most moving of a number of events that I found moving


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    Giovanna Varberg, Sweden 23/01/2014
    Giovanna Varberg, Sweden 23/01/2014

    Hungry for kowledge!

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    "A sad story and an excellent narration"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The atmosphere was dense and engaging. The characters were well described and their feelings were realistic and moving.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

    Anselm, it was really moving you.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Maybe not all in one, but for sure was making you looking forward to the next chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Jonathan Keeble is simply exceptional. He can make the characters so alive that you almost feel like you are watching a movie. English not being my mother tongue, Keeble reads with such a clarity that you cannot miss a word.

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  • Elizabeth
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    28/03/14
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    "simply excellent on all levels"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Road Between Us to be better than the print version?

    I simply can't say, being a biblio-vore my preferred method of any book is that of being read to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As the story developed I had more than one favourite character as the novel offered the reader a plethora of values with which the reader could align or identify him or herself with.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several of Jonathan Keeble's narrations as he is one of my favourite readers but he simply excelled in his faultless narration of this wonderful book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    indeed I did just that very thing as I couldn't stop listening..... and I was sad when the book ended a sure way of judging a personal winner


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who loves a well developed story-line coupled with faultlessly researched details then Nigel Farndale is the writer for you. Farndale also manages to present the reader / listeners with their personal inner dialogues concerning value judgements. I actually sent an email via this writers web page in praise of his writing.

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