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Cartes Postales from Greece

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Cartes Postales from Greece is an extraordinary new audiobook from Victoria Hislop, the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of The Island, The Return, The Thread and The Sunrise. It is fiction in full colour - magical and unique.

Week after week the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A. With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.

On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man's odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A's tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more.

©2016 Victoria Hislop (P)2016 Headline Digital

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"Victoria Hislop writes so vividly about the Med, you can almost feel the scorching heat." ( Good Housekeeping)

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  • 06-11-17

Fragmented and tenuous

Struggled to finish it. Some of the narration was wooden and lifeless. The volume level was inconsistent between the different voices. The concept behind the story did not work for me, it just seemed to be an excuse to link unconnected fables in one book, the result was disjointed.

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Wonderful - dig out your passport!

I cannot wait for my next trip to Greece after reading this. Lots of short stories and fables woven into the main narrative. Each tale provoking a different emotion and mood, and each as captivating as the last. The whole thing beautifully read by the author and others. I've bought the book so that I can re read my favourite stories and list all the places I need to go to asap!!

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A beautiful story.

This story was in fact a series of short stories, each good in their own way, with a rather nice background story tying them all together. Very enjoyable.

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Absolutely Fantastic Book! I want to go to back!

I would love to now go back to Greece! Fantastic and intriguing book which evokes passions sn love. I wish this story would come true for me, what I would give to live in Greece.

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Not my Fave

I love Victoria Hislop, but this book I struggled with, I tried the audio version and the book and couldn't get to grips with either.
Such a shame as I've loved all her other books. This one just wasn't for me.

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Enchanting but disappointed

Being a Victoria Hislop fan I was disappointed with this book. Stories were enchanting but not interesting enough to keep my focus. Listening to the narrators’ swallow’ was annoying. ...

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Charming Vignettes ...

... but didn’t love this as much as I loved all of Victoria’s previous books. I think I would recommend it as an audiobook which is the format I have listened to it and it’s been great to ramble around with this in my ear… I did struggle to get into the paperback I have to admit.

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charming collection of stories

a wonderful way to record a variety of stories and tales that reflect the life of modern and historical Greece.
the mix of readers voices brought the boom to life

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A rather detached collection of stories.

I really enjoyed all of Victoria Hislop's other novels, but this one was a little disappointing. The story seemed disjointed, with the main character only appearing at the beginning and end. The series of short stories were, on the whole, pretty dark and depressing! Good narration, but I must admit it was a struggle to finish.

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Relaxing. whimsical story

I loved this book. stories in stories all leading to a satisfying conclusion. No disappointments.

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  • 08-08-17

Where are the cartes postal?

Very disappointed that this book did not come with the matching postcards. They are like a main character of the story. Was looking forward to the accompanied PDF . I hope the publisher rectifies this soon enough. Some of the words were pronounced wrong which is a pity and could easily be avoided.