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  • The Thread

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic and moving story of love ad war

  • By Kirstine on 21-07-12

A thoroughly enjoyable listen

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-12

This book gave me a very thought provoking history of 20th century Thessalonica, with its traumas,natural and political, while involving me in a very moving story of a refugee family. It was carefully researched and well written. I did however find the poor pronunciatian of Greek names and places very irritating.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing to Envy

  • Ordinary Lives in North Korea
  • By: Barbara Demick
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over 15 years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - dreary reader

  • By Eileen on 24-01-11

The destruction of a nation

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-11

I thoroughly enjoyed Barbara Demick's book. She gives a history of the deterioration of life in North Korea over the past 20 years by documenting the lives of a number of families and indiviuals. It is extremely informative,interesting, thought-provoking and heartrending. Anyone wanting an insight into life in North Korea will certainly benefit from listening to this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful