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Those Who Are Loved

Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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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By far the best book yet

I have read all of Victoria Hislop’s book , but this is by far the best read of the year . Brilliant story telling .

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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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Terrible breathy narrator

The narrator took such huge breaths before her unconvincing male voices it detracted from the story.

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wonderful and so emotional. impossible to put down

so wonderfully written. It really transported me . I felt I was part of the story. very emotional. live every second of it. I feel very sad for the Greek people. for the suffering they endured.

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Outstanding story - congratulations Victoria

Superbly powerful story and so well narrated. A story you simply can’t stop listening to. I enjoyed it from start to end and learnt so much about Greece’s political history too. Such an incredible tale and so tenderly narrated, it surely must be an award winner.

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Those who are loved

A good read And easy listening
The narater held ones attention and created a sense of reality

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Another outstanding novel from Victoria Hislop

Like all her novels Victoria Hislop has not disappointed us with her latest novel. I have experienced a compelling insight into the Greek culture and Greek history.
The narration however was very disappointing and off putting. The continual sound of her breathing made for a very bad recording. I would have returned this audiobook if the story had not been so good.

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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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Interesting story

I enjoyed the story but found the sound of the narrator’s breathing rather off putting.

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