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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastien Japrisot Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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A runaway best seller in France and winner of the 1991 Prix Interallie, Sebastien Japrisot's novel about World War I was acclaimed as a latter-day War and Peace by The New York Times.

Set during and after the First World War, A Very Long Engagement is the tale of a young woman's search for her fiance who she believes might still be alive despite having officially been reported as killed in the line of duty. Unable to walk since childhood, fearless Mathilde Donnay is undeterred in her quest as she scours the country for information about five wounded French soldiers who were brutally abandoned by their own troops.

A Very Long Engagement is a mystery, a love story, and an extraordinary portrait of life in France before and after the War. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/20/2014

    " I think it's pretty difficult for a modern author to write a period novel with a voice that sounds authentic. I thought Japrisot did a great job of that, while also weaving an interesting story with well-developed characters. Additionally, he really brought out the horrors of war as well - not just the agony of battle, but also the anguish of soldiers' families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Van De Walle | 1/29/2014

    " I promise this book gets less confusing and more engrossing if you just stick with it. I love it. Loved it, loved it, loved it. And the movie (which I can't say very often). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 1/23/2014

    " Haunting, sad, wonderful. Matilde is one of the best female characters I've ever read -- fierce, stubborn, real. Wow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjie | 1/20/2014

    " This was a wonderful story, but a bit hard to keep the characters straight. The writing style reminded me a bit of Elegance of the Hedgehog...perhaps it's how it was translated from French? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen Rust | 1/18/2014

    " I thought it was a bit hard to follow in a few places. Overall, however, it was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Therese | 1/12/2014

    " One of two books where I liked the movie better (the other being Ordinary People) and in both cases I saw the movie first. I think you could get lost among all the characters without the movie as a backdrop. But I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 12/8/2013

    " Wow. This book manages to be a romance, historical fiction, and mystery all wrapped into one. Beautifully written, it follows a young woman's struggle to find out what really happened to her fiance after he was ostensibly killed in the trenches in WW1. The characters and events can get a little confusing but that's how it is in warfare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/11/2013

    " I find this a hard book to review. On one hand, I liked the story and the heroine's efforts to get to the truth. I think the fact that the story relied on so many snippets of info, I found it hard to keep track of the clues and that diminished my enjoyment of the story. Probably if an option would rate this 2.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Chance | 10/29/2013

    " I want to give this one a 4.5. Magical, cynical, romantic and realistic. This book is a strange mix, and it does everything well. The structure is fascinating, the characters engaging. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 8/13/2013

    " i did not like this book at all until about half way through. then i couldn't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 7/4/2013

    " This was long and lagged in parts. Which made the movie a bit better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 2/2/2013

    " Hard to get into but wanted to find out how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie | 10/8/2012

    " A slow read full of tangled histories and mysteries but after pondering the ending I at least found it a worthwhile journey "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 7/26/2012

    " A classic war book I was embarrassed I had never read. Liked it MUCH more than A Farewell to Arms. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deirdre | 10/22/2011

    " This story dragged on and was difficult to follow on audio. I suspect I would have enjoyed reading this novel. The film was excellent- though not faithful to the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 10/20/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book . . . bit of a love story, bit of a mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greta Stough | 3/25/2011

    " Very intersting--hang on, the end is worth it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emylie | 6/27/2009

    " I hate giving a book one star, but I struggled to finish this one. Perhaps it is better in the original French. The premise is interesting, but I had a hard time following the story. I couldn't get myself to care about Mathilde as the story unfolded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 2/5/2008

    " Really interesting tale about WWI.... knowing some French helped me find my way through this translation, though..... some of the subtle aspects of the language should have been explained better with footnotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 2/18/2007

    " I struggled with the first 75 or so pages, and just as I was about to put it down and start something else, I became engrossed. It takes a bit to get a hang get into the rythym of the translation, but once you get that down, the story is beautiful. I was so glad I stuck with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie Godley | 3/1/2006

    " Interesting insight into world war 1. Good translations, not an easy read but good to have read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 11/13/2005

    " One of my all time favorites; if you ask for a book to read, I will hand you this. History, Mystery, Plot. The girl ran up the clock reading all night. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephen | 10/26/2005

    " this is maybe one of my least favourite books ever. It is very depressing and was very hard to read. But it is not a book that I would stop in the middle because the end is a little happier than the rest of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Marinas | 5/7/2005

    " Very good subject, refereshing point of view. A pity that the humongous amount of characters and their different names, nicknames, etc. makes the book fuzzy to read and difficult to follow. A good trim would have been better. "

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