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Summary

Bucharest has fallen, and Harriet and Guy Pringle have escaped to Athens in the nick of time to find several of their old acquaintances there already. But even Guy's eternal optimism fails him when he realises that his former employees feel no gratitude or loyalty to him. Guy and Harriet both come to realise that with Greece threatened by the Axis Powers, Athens is not the safe harbour they thought.

This is the third and final part of The Balkan Trilogy, which began with The Great Fortune and was followed by The Spoilt City.

©1965 Olivia Manning (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kathleen
  • 22-01-10

superb narrator

Harriet Walter is the finest narrator I have yet heard. Her ability to suspend disbelief is perfect. Her knowledge of other languages and accents is also perfect and highly educated.
The Balkan series is complex with many characters and nationalities. She not only balances and simplifies, but does overall service to the author by presenting these excellent books in a way that they are always clear and enjoyable to readers.
I know that she is a distinguished Shakespearean actress, but
Narration is a special art for which awards should be given.
Congratulations to Harriet Walter.

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  • TiffanyD
  • 11-11-17

Uneven but still delightful

This trilogy (or sextet if you also add the Levant Trilogy--sadly not available on audiobook) is a little bit uneven and the narrator took some time for me to get used to. But by the end, I was completely engrossed in the lives of these variously petty, frustrating, moving, tragic, and very human characters. I don't think there is a single character you don't want to slap at one point or another.

The disbelief at encroaching disaster and the attempts to keep war at bay through stiff-lipped soldiering on were also very believable.

This is definitely not a stand alone book. You have to read the first two to understand what is going on. You can end here though, and not dive into the next three. There's enough of a sense of closure at the end to satisfy most.

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  • Jeff Gillman
  • 10-11-16

Brilliant novel in the glorious narration!

Brilliant, complex, fully rounded characters. Thls splendid book takes you moment by momentthrough the great turning point in the history of the 20th century. Harriet Walter's uncanny narration realizes fully each rich character.

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