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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (438 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Olivia Manning Narrator: Harriet Walter Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN:
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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.

This is the third and final part of The Balkan Trilogy, which began with The Great Fortune and was followed by The Spoilt City.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Manns | 2/15/2014

    " I'm probably doing this a massive injustice but, after 100 pages it still had not gripped my attention. The pace is funereal, and the two central characters...well you keep asking why the hell they married each other, since they hardly knew each other and have little in common. I'm not going to persevere with it. Life's too short! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iva | 2/12/2014

    " This 900 plus canvas of war is closely matched to the author's own experiences. Shifting from Bucharest to Athens with WW II as the driving force, and populated with the most colorful characters--mostly British ex-pats. Many can be described as slackers, hangers-on, lost souls, naive and idealistic but that is way too simplistic for the layers of plot and complexity this novel delivers. We meet young newlyweds Harriet and Guy; we follow them as the threat of war and disaster displaces them. A most absorbing novel with brilliant and compelling dialog and characters. It is actually 3 separate novels, but should be read together and in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Nuttall | 2/7/2014

    " Atmospheric, great on character. Guy is so annoying you want to scream but seen through the eyes of Harriet, his young inexperienced but not naive wife we can enjoy him. Really good on build up to second world war in Eastern Europe. Tension and denial. Treatment of Jews. Arrogance. I will definitely read the second book in the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Munden | 1/25/2014

    " I couldn't put it down. It's beautifully written, funny and moving. It's well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/22/2014

    " A read this massive tome straight through, I simply could not put it down. Wonderful story about WWII in a part of Eastern Europe we don't read much about in English language war literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 1/11/2014

    " You have to like this kind of writing and if you do, this IS a wonderful package...but I do not have the patience for this particular British thing as it turns out. I did eventually wander through ONE of the Dance to the Music of Time sections/books and should have know better. Alas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis Mahon | 12/28/2013

    " The only book I have read THREE times in 30 years and hope to do so again. Wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Tattersall | 12/24/2013

    " Interesting to read of the life of ex-pats in Rumania and Greece in the first couple of years of the Second World War. Also of an English teacher at that time and those places. The profession seems as full of idiots and charlatans as ever. The book is well-written and characters life-like "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anita | 11/6/2013

    " Really couldn't see the point of this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 10/18/2013

    " nothing brilliant, but somehow very likeable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 8/9/2013

    " This is one of those stories that are made more suspenseful because you are aware of what is to come. The spring in the suspense is created by this unshared knowledge. A device described by Hitchcock in his "bomb under the table" anecdote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Eberhardt | 7/28/2013

    " three books about a British couple living in the Balkans during WWII "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 7/8/2013

    " looks good so far. better than the TV version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Traphagen | 3/20/2013

    " I read this book about 30 years ago. I am finding it a much better read with all those years of living to now draw upon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roseanne Wright | 9/26/2011

    " Hooked me from the outset. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 6/27/2011

    " A must read! It was so good and so long...my favorite combo in a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/24/2011

    " The third book of The Balkan Trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 3/17/2011

    " A wonderful last novel of the first trilogy. The writing was consistent throughout. I felt like I was living with the characters in their world. I can't wait to read The Levant Trilogy which follows the same characters in Cairo near the end of WW11. "

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