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The Passion

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Henri had a passion for Napoleon, and Napoleon had a passion for chicken. From Boulogne to Moscow Henri butchered for his emperor and never killed a single man.

Meanwhile, in Venice, the city of chance and disguises, Villanelle was born with the webbed feet of her boatman father - but in the casinos she gambled her heart and lost.

As the soldier-chef's love for Napoleon turns to hate, he finds the Venetian beauty, and together they flee to the canals of darkness.

©1987 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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A delight to the senses

I didn’t know what to expect with this title, but was very pleasantly surprised. I’ve read some of Jeanette Winterson’s more autobiographical writing, which was very enjoyable but this is in another league again. Lyrically arresting in its elegance and poignant as a story, beautifully voiced by both narrators (although I found the changeover a jolt at first), definitely a standout among the audiobooks I’ve listened to.