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Cancel anytime. A beautifully controlled and powerful story of love and conscience, will and desire which begins when a mysterious young girl arrives to take up a post at the seedy H-tel du Lion d'Or in a small French town in the mids.
InCharlotte Gray, a young Scottish woman, goes to Occupied France on a dual mission: to run an apparently simple errand for a British special operations group and to search for her lover, an English airman who has gone missing in action. In the small town of Lavaurette, Sebastian Faulks presents a microcosm of France and its agony in 'the black years'. Here is the full range of collaboration, from the tacit to the enthusistic, as well as examples of extraordinary courage and altruism.
At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
A total of wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his Great Uncle Iggie. On the hottest day of the summer ofthirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house.
Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness.
But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of 21st-century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception. Toru Okada is going through a difficult time.
He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds. Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.
His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing. Jacques Rebiere and Thomas Midwinter, both sixteen when the story starts income from different countries and contrasting families.
They are united by an ambition to understand how the mind works and whether madness is the price we pay for being human. As psychiatrists, their quest takes them from the squalor of the Victorian lunatic asylum to the crowded lecture halls of the renowned Professor Charcot in Paris; from the heights of the Sierra Madre in California to the plains of unexplored Africa.
The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West.
You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis. Ina mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation.
Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle.
Some tents contain clouds, some ice. On 20 Octoberhigh in the Himalayas, on the banks of the fast-flowing Nam Ka Chu, over Indian soldiers were massacred, and the valley was overrun by soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army. Over the course of the next month, nearly 4, soldiers were killed on both sides, and the Indian army experienced its worst defeat ever.
The conflict war was never formally declared ended because China announced a unilateral ceasefire on 21 November and halted its hitherto unhindered advance across NEFA and Ladakh.
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Set before and during the Great War, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives to the unprecedented experience of the war itself.
Samuel West's immaculate narration is the perfect gloss to one of the top books of the 90s and one of my personal favourites of all time.
Obviously, if you have read the book before, then an abridged audio version is never going to be quite the same but, if you haven't, then you should find this presentation highly compelling and the abridgements are not apparant. It's a great story, impeccably researched and delivered with care. Birdsong depicts the close-up horrors of war better than any book I've ever read.
The love story at the beginning was totally overshadowed by the scenes of battle and in fact, it seemed rather unnecessary and digressive. A beautifully written novel, andt the narrator did it justice.
I've listened to Peter Firth's wonderful narration of the Unabridged Version before and absolutely love this grand and passionate war story. This version, however, delighted or moved, to be exact me even more. Samuel West's extraordinarily smoothing voice brought me into deep thought or let me burst into tears so spontaneously that I can't help feeling being part of the story.
Yet the loss of certain details in this abridged version is quite upsetting, especially the part where Stephen and Weir decided whether or not to kill a bird in the tunnel, or the soldiers singing the chessy ballad together to celebrate their being alive. After all, it's the details that impressed me the most when I first read it.
The narrator did a fine job, and if you love Faulks you'll love this book - however I am not a huge fan of "war stories", so there were parts of this book that didn't work for me.
However the narration style is calm, quiet, almost sad - which plays well with the tone of the story. You will love this book if you like historical novels.
You will love this book if you want to know what trench warfare was like. The narrator was excellent.
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I am not sure how I made it through the story, but in the end found no enjoyment. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? We read this for book group. I liked it more as the story went on, but found it less than plausible in the beginning. I thought the war scenes were much stronger than the love scenes! What starts out as a pre-WWI story of love and modernizing industry moves on suddenly to a full and extremely moving story of the main character and his struggles as a soldier in WWI.
The complex connections between the characters are fully realized. I have read the book and the abridged audio version was a let down. Felt disjointed and it left out parts that stuck with me previously.
If you have no idea of the story it could be fine for you but an unabridged version is what is really needed. Not this The war scenes were intense and horrible, which made the love palpable.
Very well done. The narrator was phenomenal. I appreciated British pronunciations of words since the characters are British. However, I found out only after I was finished listening to this great story, that this version is abridged! I would have liked to have heard the entire novel with all the written details, not just the meat and potatoes.