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Those Who Are Loved

Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Summary

The gripping new novel by Sunday Times number one best seller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.   

Themis is part of a family bitterly divided by politics and, as a young woman, her fury with those who have collaborated with the Nazis drives her to fight for the Communists.  

She is eventually imprisoned on the notorious islands of exile, Makronisos and Trikeri, and has to make a life or death decision. She is proud of having fought, but for the rest of her life is haunted by some of her actions. Forty years after the end of the civil war, she finally achieves catharsis.  

Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity of Greece's traumatic past and weaves it into the dynamic tale of a woman who is both hero and villain, and her lifelong fight for justice. 

©2018 Victoria Hislop (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Lived up to expectations

Having read all of the authors previous books , the story didn’t disappoint , as always a mixture of dark light, historical events that make you feel quite ignorant of events that took place in my lifetime.
I was drawn to the listen because of the narrator, however, for me this was the only downside , perhaps she was suffering with a cold, but heavy breathing and very a nasal quality was quite distracting , especially as I listen with earphones

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Excellent as usual!

I've read or listened to all Victoria Hislop's books and enjoyed them all. Juliet Stevenson is a superb reader and so adaptable with her accents.

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A beautifully written history.

As always Victoria Hislop has brought the rich and often traumatic recent history of a beautiful and complex country to life. The detail of historical events told through the lives of one Greek family is delightful, moving and educational.

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Engaging novel of 20th Century Greek History

Another triumph from Victoria Hislop, set before the start of the 2nd World war in Athens and follows the life of one family through occupation, civil war and military rule.

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Brilliantly written

I enjoyed this story immensely but the narration spoilt it in places by the deep breathing of Juliet Stevenson an actress i have to say I admire a great deal. However having said that she gives charetors different voices. So yes a highly recommended book.

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Marvellous and moving

What a powerful and deeply moving story, narrated brilliantly. Not one missed and highly recommended.

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A beautifully written book

After reading The Island I was keen to read more by Victoria Hislop.
Although I didn't feel this book was as good as The Island I did really enjoy it and felt gripped from start to finish.
This book is based on the Greek civil war and the battle for democracy The tale follows a Greek family in the harsh reality of the 1940's and one woman's battle for her beliefs.
Tissues will frequently be needed if you listen ton this book!
The narrative was clear and well read.

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Absolute tosh

Only good thing Juliet Stevenson Mumbled family characters all arguing about "communism" Could not even follow storyline Then imprisoned and tortured I'm aware of human rights etc but if a document was signed release followed So disappointed

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