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Summary

From the author of The Frozen Lake comes an enthralling novel of love, betrayal, and idealism as three very different young women go up to Oxford in the years immediately before World War Two.

Vee - the clergyman’s daughter. Boyish, alluring, she plans to use her time at Oxford to put right everything that went wrong in her loveless childhood. Her friendship with Alfred introduces her to politics and the subversive attractions of secret societies; it will lead to her career as a secret agent, but at what cost to old loyalties and her true feelings?

Claudia, radiant, intense, aristocratic, is equally drawn to the secret society and one member in particular; his dazzling influence will see her travel to Berlin and come under the spell of fascism as war looms.

And Lally, glamorous daughter of an Irish-American senator, is sceptical of the society and the arguments from both sides.

©2005 Elizabeth Edmondson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Really boring book

What would have made Voyage of Innocence better?

If it had been less like an advert for the communist party.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Edmondson again?

I have listened to, or read, five other books by this author and really enjoyed all of them. This book is so different it could have been written by someone else.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was good. It's a pity she had such poor material.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None.

Any additional comments?

The publishers summary of this book is very misleading. It paints a picture of a story that's interesting and exciting. Unfortunately this book is neither. Much of the book is dominated by rants of why the Government of the period is bad and communism is the only way forward. The characters are rather serious and shallow, it's difficult to like any of them. Audio books need to be entertaining and listening to this was, at times, hard work.

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  • 08-02-16

Addictive

Would you listen to Voyage of Innocence again? Why?

No - but only because I never return to books I have read before. I don't like knowing what's going to happen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lally because she is good, through and through: sensitive, kind, calm and non-judgmental.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

V's wedding to Giles.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

V's realisation that her mother only loved Daisy.

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Hated this book and couldn't finish

I returned this book, I simply could not be drawn in to it. The narration became irritating, Vee was not a character I could bring myself to warm to or care about. Midway through the book I began to dislike her and at that point listening became arduous.
The book is set during an interesting time in our history, political upheaval and views that have now been glossed over and buried have been exposed however the storyline is weak, insipid.
This is just not my type of book however that comes down to personal choice, no I would not recommend it however if the audio clip grabs your attention do not let this review put you off.

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Extraordinary passage of time

Loved it! Learnt so much about politics in an ever changing world pre world war 2. Women learning to stand in their power & go against the grain. Losing site of themselves in the face of their beliefs. fantastic read (listen!) & clearly very well researched.

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Not her best

Excellent reading. Story often hardgoing. Oxford years bit tedious. Horrendously true spystory. Liked the ending.

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I love E Edmondson and also N McKenzie

I enjoyed this book which I listened to a few weeks ago. Now I cant remember the ending so will have to write more about it later. Listened during confinement and I think attention was not good during that time, brain fog!

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Oh dear ... I did want to enjoy this book

Personal choice but this just did not work for me. I hate to leave a bad review for Eliazabeth Edmundson but I really could not do otherwise.
The reader did a fine job and her narration enabled me to keep going for longer than I wanted to..... I kept thinking that the background to the characters would develope into the usual entertaining story and characterisation of this author. . I applaud the attention to detail and if I had wanted to read a factual book about the politics of the period i would have learnt something but the main characters were predominantly unlikable and worse, tedious .After one month I did manage to finish this book .... mainly because of the grim determination to know whether this book would have any redeemable features.... and by taking it on a long car journey. the only enjoyable part were the last few chapters and the cameo part played by Perdita a character from the brilliant Frozen Lake . Will never read it again once was one time too many.

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Amazing

Loved it! The Author keeps the intrigue woven throughout. Looking forward to the latest novel.

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Make up your own mind. Having read a few reviews I was prepared to dislike this book, but, whilst not her best book, in my opinion, it was still worth the listen/read

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  • 09-05-16

Boring meandering story

Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Edmondson or narrated by Nicolette McKenzie?

Possibly, definitely one narrated by Nicolette Mckenzie

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

This was the most interesting part of the book!

Which character – as performed by Nicolette McKenzie – was your favourite?

Alfred

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I have read Villa in Italy and The Frozen lake and enjoyed both . I enjoy vintage type books but this one was so slow without getting anywhere I was tempted to leave it altogether. However, I do not like to not finish a book so persevered but I can't say it was worth it. The wrapping up in chapter 31 was the most interesting part. Nicolette Mckenzie has a lovely voice and it was down to her that I did continue with it. I couldn't really empathise with any of the characters except may be Alfred. Altogether a long winded drawn out story which got nowhere until the end.

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  • 23-04-16

Good story

A very good story. Kept me interested to the end. Lots of twists and turns!

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  • Mariana
  • 11-09-17

cautionary note on young idealism.

Particularly relevant in today's climate, this is a cautionary tale of the ease with which young idealists can be duped by both communism and fascism with tragic consequences. this is not a mystery in the traditional sense but there is a tale of intrigue with a mysterious death that is resolved at the end.

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  • Grete
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Strong characters and good suspense story

Interesting story of young women in 30's Britain, and how they responded to the rise of both Fascism and communism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-21

Elizabeth Edmundsim

I am very sad to read that the author has passed away. I was so looking forward to more books. She wrote simply but strongly. And delicately

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  • 18-03-18

This is by far the worst book of Elizabeth Edmond

This was the worst book of Elizabeth Edmondson I have ever heard. It was disjointed and difficult to finish. I struggle to give it one star.

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  • 26-03-21

Well Written Story About Pre-WW2 England and Ideologies

This author’s prose is exceptional. The reader is very talented. I would have rated it more highly if I had found the main character Verity a more sympathetic person. Unfortunately Vee comes across as a combination of gullible and doggedly wrong-headed, coupled with a tendency to alternately preach her own gospel or to whinge about how her actions cause predictable outcomes. Would have enjoyed hearing more about the character Lally’s store. Still, well-worth the time devoted to it due to the excellence of the author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-21

Narration is good; but sordid storyline detracts

Enjoyed all the other books; but there must be a heads up to readers/ listeners on the genre of the book. Anti Christian and very sexualised with reference to very nasty things... honestly not an enjoyable listen at all. Quite a disappointment after the wonderful Villa in Italy

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  • 22-05-16

Interesting

At first I didn't like it but as it went on I found it interesting

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  • KathyCT
  • 24-04-21

Subject matter

Not my preference. I did not like subject matter on which story was based. The narrator was great.

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  • Midwest Mom
  • 26-02-21

great perspective, excellent story!

I enjoyed this story all the way through. So much so, I may listen to it again.