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In Pale Battalions

Narrated by: Jilly Bond
Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

Six months after the sudden death of her husband, Leonora Galloway sets out on a trip to France with her daughter Penelope. At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin....

Leonora takes her daughter to the battlefields of WW1, where her father is commemorated on the Thiepval Monument. But the date of his death is surprising and reveals that Captain John Hallows cannot possibly have been Leonora's real father.

This is only the start of a series of revelations that span three generations of a distinguished aristocratic family who are not what they seem. Penelope must piece together a tale of war, of loss, of greed, deception and vice - and the perpetrator of a murder left unsolved for more than half a century....

©1988 Robert Goddard (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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A Good Listen

A good story let down slightly by the narrator The male ‘voices’ sound more like a petulant William Brown at times, which sometimes isn’t in keeping with the age of the character (once you find out it’s an older man talking it looses credibility). But the subject of the story keeps you listening to find out the tangled web woven to keep the deception of the dead WW1 soldier covered. I would recommend it.

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Excellent

My first experience of a Robert Goddard book on audible, I have thoroughly enjoyed the story and found the narration excellent.

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Twisty

The usual Goddard fare. Twisty as a sack of snakes, elegantly English and wonderfully well written.
Always a joy

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wonderful!!! great!!!

not to be missed one of the best of goddards sorry to finish this book

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Superb...

I read this book many years ago and recall my younger self being moved by the content and awed by the writer’s skill. I think I now own every book Robert Goddard has written. This audio production is superb and brought the story to life through the stunning narration. If only I could have given ten stars for the performance...

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Another entertaining Goddard offering, peoples with his usual cast of dysfunctional

Enjoyable WWI country house whodunnit, offering a cast bulging with shady pasts, dubious motives & emotional repression. What’s not to love?

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Good story

This is a very good story but the narration is very annoying with over emphasised voices

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Wonderful storytellijng as always by such a fantas

l Loved it. Can't wait to start listening to another Robery Goddard book. Such a joy!

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Brilliant Read

Brilliant read loved the twists and turns ,
kept you guessing right until the end .
Realistically describes areas and the times at the time of World War One .

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A perfect whodunit brilliantly read

I read this book when it first came out in the late 1980's, and have loved Robert Goddard ever since. The book is a mystery that pans a sixty year time frame as recollection of a murder from people with different perspectives trying to unravel the truth.
Even having read the book, the mystery unfolds in a thoroughly entertaining manner that was never dull and did not prompt my memory to remember the various twists.
Jilly Bond is a very British actress who rarely gives a bad theatrical, television or film performance. She reads this book with energy and a complete mastery of accents for the numerous characters,
A perfect whodunit brilliantly read