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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pat Barker Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This gripping novel explores the effects of violence on the journalists and artists who have dedicated themselves to representing it.

In the aftermath of September 11, reeling from the effects of reporting from New York City, two British journalists, a writer, Stephen Sharkey, and a photographer, Ben Frobisher, part ways. Stephen returns to England shattered; he divorces his duplicitous wife and quits his job. Ben follows the war on terror to Afghanistan and is killed.

Stephen retreats to a cottage in the country to write a book about violence, and what he sees as the reporting journalist’s or photographer’s complicity in it. Ben’s widow, Kate, a sculptor, lives nearby, and as she and Stephen learn about each other their world speedily shrinks, in pleasing but also disturbing ways. The sinister events that begin to take place in this small town, so far from the theaters of war Stephen has retreated from, will force him to act instinctively, violently, and to face his most painful revelations about himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] gripping novel, noteworthy for the author’s gifts as a stylist and her formidable, engaged intelligence.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Johanna Ward adds even more layers to this book with an extraordinary performance of the material…When she performs dialogue, her characters betray complex emotions and longings in the face of crisis…She embraces Barker’s prose, coaxes more meaning from it, and makes us understand it more fully.”


  • “This taut, contemporary novel translates beautifully into audio…British narrator Ward captures the feeling of menace. Due to Ward’s performance, listeners care about the characters and their unsettled lives.”


  • “Ward is one of the best British readers of audiobooks and she gives her usual professional polish to this story.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kim | 1/27/2014

    " Disappointing. Very interesting characters but as other reviewers have said all dressed up and nowhere to go. I think the fly leaf is completely misleading, really raised expectations that were completely unfulfilled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daniel Probst | 1/3/2014

    " I really liked the themes in this book... of foreign reporting & war trauma, different people affecting each others lives, people at odds with each other. But, at the end, I didn't find meaning in all the disparate events and reactions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Forbes George | 12/12/2013

    " Not the first time I have read this book but keep being drawn back to it. War reporter, Stephen Sharkey, returns to the countryside in the north of England to recuperate from and write a book about his experiences covering 9/11 and more particularly his experiences in war-torn Bosnia. Barker examines how being part of such violence, even as an observer, impacts our lives and our relationships with others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rob | 11/14/2013

    " Pat Barker has always appealed as the author of novels of nuance and subtlety but which don't become over-literary in a "school of creative writing" way. But she excels herself in this book. It's about lots of things: why people cover wars and what covering wars sometimes does to their minds; about love and loyalty. But it's also a very good yarn. Pat Barker has an old-fashioned and utterly welcome belief in plot and comprehensibility. Double Vision is a very good read - plus a lot more. "

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