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    • The Great Fortune

    • By: Olivia Manning
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    It was a strange, uncertain world that Harriet entered when she married Guy Pringle. Guy taught English at the university at Bucharest, a city of vivid contrasts, where professional beggars exist alongside the excesses of mid-European royalty and expatriate journalists with a taste for truffles and quails in aspic. Underlying this is a fitful awareness of the proximity of the Nazi threat to a Romania which is enjoying an uneasy peace.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Reading of a Fascinating Book

    • By Trevor on 02-02-13

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Friends and Heroes

    • By: Olivia Manning
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Bucharest has fallen, and Harriet and Guy Pringle have escaped to Athens in the nick of time to find several of their old acquaintances there already. But even Guy's eternal optimism fails him when he realises that his former employees feel no gratitude or loyalty to him. Guy and Harriet both come to realise that with Greece threatened by the Axis Powers, Athens is not the safe harbour they thought.

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Spoilt City

    • By: Olivia Manning
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    It is 1940, and Guy and Harriet Pringle and their friends in the English colony in Bucharest find their position growing ever more precarious. The phony war is over and invasion by the Germans is an ever-present threat... This is the second part of The Balkan Trilogy, which began with The Great Fortune and concludes with Friends and Heroes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Top quality story of Brits in wartime Europe

    • By Silvine on 09-03-18

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Great Fortune

    • Fortunes of War
    • By: Olivia Manning
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Here is the first novel of the famous Balkan Trilogy, previously successfully adapted for BBC television, starring Emma Thompson and Kenneth Brannagh. The book is perfectly suited to audio. Charting the experiences of a young couple caught up in the politics of war when living abroad, it is a compelling story of love, loss and reconciliation.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring characters

    • By Irene on 05-05-13

    Regular price: £10.99