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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,535 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanne Harris Narrator: Steven Pacey Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN:
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For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more than 30 years. But this year the wind of unwelcome change is blowing, and Straitley is finally contemplating retirement. He is joined this term by five new faculty members, including one who holds intimate and dangerous knowledge of St. Oswald's ways and secrets. Harboring dark ties to the school's past, this young teacher has arrived with one terrible goal: to destroy St. Oswald's.

As the new term gets under way, a number of incidents befall students and faculty alike. Beginning as small annoyances, they are initially overlooked. But as the incidents escalate, it soon becomes apparent that a darker undercurrent is stirring within the school. With St. Oswald's unraveling, only Straitley stands in the way of its ruin. The veteran teacher faces a formidable opponent, however, a master player with a bitter grudge and a strategy that has been meticulously planned to the final move, a secret game with very real, very deadly consequences.

A harrowing tale of cat and mouse, this riveting, hypnotically atmospheric novel showcases New York Times best-selling author Joanne Harris's astonishing storytelling talent as never before. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/19/2014

    " I love a book that is able to surprise me and Harris did just that in Gentlemen and Players. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the the two narrators and how each individual story played off the story of the other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valeria | 1/29/2014

    " I literally ate this book in a 3 days time. Joanne Harris can deal different topics always in an excellent way. I really admire how she find the perfect words to describe a situation, a place or the different and complicated thoughts of every character which we can find inside her novels. Usually, when I start one of her books, it becomes hard to me to stop turning page. It's like a drug :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Weber | 1/20/2014

    " A knockout. This novel takes place in my favorite setting---an English private school---and has it all: great plotting, characters, suspense, psychology, wit. But what I most admire about it is the author's writing. It is so smooth that it's easy to overlook how very good it is. It's not the kind of writing where you find yourself underlining and starring certain passages. It's just unbelievably readable and mellifluous. I can't wait to start on the other novel of hers that I have, Three Quarters of an Orange. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Morrison | 1/19/2014

    " NOt my favorite Joanne Harris Book. Fascinating at first, but a book with more lurking evil than I prefer to read. I also listened to it as a talking book and was very confused on whose voice I was listening to and when the actions were taking place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/9/2014

    " I kind of sussed out where the book was headed, but that doesn't mean this wasn't a nastily fun read. For those who like mystery novels, this is a cut above. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zzoeeeee | 12/31/2013

    " The story is a little unsatisfying but the set up in a private school is great and the twist is well done "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 12/5/2013

    " I don't know whether I was merely distracted or if she made this book a touch more confusing than it needed to be. Sigh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samaire | 11/14/2013

    " Very enjoyable - an intriguing read that got me hooked and kept me reading for hours at a time. The author weaves the plot back and forth between the past and the present using 2 different perspectives: I did figure out the 'twist' about half way through the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 11/9/2013

    " Very good read full of twists and turns "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 10/27/2013

    " Great read! Kept you on your toes! Highly recommend! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 9/23/2013

    " Too much foreshadowing, not enough actual plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laith El-Moghrabi | 9/11/2013

    " another amazing book by Joanne Harris. I read her first novel and her last and some of the ones in between but my plan is go on reading them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drothell | 9/3/2013

    " It's been awhile since I read this--but I shouldn't have left it off my list! Author of Chocolat cleverly (by my recollection)writes a neat mystery--some aspects are predictable, some not-so-much. Not to mention that I identify somewhat with the aged instructor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lana | 5/19/2013

    " Although the author writes well, I just don't like what she writes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wsclai | 2/2/2013

    " Yes, re-reading it is a good idea ... I also thought that I have missed a lot of clues leading to the unexpected ending. But by far, I think this is the best book written by Joanne Harris. Other books of hers are of rather different style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/6/2013

    " Normally I wouldn't read a book like this one, but a friend loaned it to me saying I'd like it. She was definitely right. How the crap I didn't see the twist coming I'll never know. I loved the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edoardo Albert | 12/20/2012

    " The two narrators' voices, hero and villain, are very distinctive, but I had some difficulty keeping the rest of the cast clear in my mind. Some excellent twists, but (spoiler) I have an aversion for thrillers were the bad guy gets away scot free. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 12/10/2012

    " One of the best mysteries ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 6/17/2012

    " A very witty and entertaining book, in the vein of a whodunnit?, amidst suspense and humor. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/28/2012

    " I guessed a little about the end of the book long before I got there, but the road was still interesting and worthwhile. That said, I don't feel much urge to pick up another book by Harris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 4/27/2012

    " I like how the story developed and kept you on your toes... not one to start & stop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/7/2012

    " The end made up for the middle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 1/16/2012

    " I liked this book, good characters with a twist - fun to discuss when other readers 'figure it out'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayci | 1/12/2012

    " So much fun! I loved the format that she used. Although I had guessed the ending, I still couldn't stop reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anntonette Alberti | 12/20/2011

    " I always find Joanne Harris captivating. I hope this novel delivers a sequel someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jude Brigley | 11/28/2011

    " Didn't think I was going to like this but in the end I enjoyed it. I guessed the twist but I can't resist a story set in a school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/14/2011

    " I'v loved Joanne Harris' style, from my first read, Chocolat. This was a suspenseful novel from the beginning, set in a boys' school yet with fair treatment toward the teachers, which isn't always the case. It's because Harris was a teacher that she gets it so right. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/23/2011

    " Good book with a great twist at the end. Starts out slow and you wonder at times who is the author...who is retelling the story. It is from the perspective of both antagonists. St. Oswalds grammar school for the upper crust boys in England(which is middle school in the states) is the setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/5/2011

    " Great book! Exceptionally well written and a page turner as well. Harris' character and plot development is exceptional. And each book is so unique. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lin | 5/3/2011

    " This was a brilliant book. There are two protagonists "Pawn" and "King". The story is told from each of their perspectives. We know who "king" is, but "pawn"? Definately of of the best twists I've read in a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharoncville | 5/1/2011

    " Very good, but I figured out the "twist" about halfway through. Not as good as some of her others, but she has a way with characters and setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/20/2011

    " 4/11 A decent mystery with one rather far-fetched revelation. Set in an English boys school. The murderer was truly warped and despicable. Mystery lovers would enjoy the twists, turns, and red herrings in the plot line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 4/11/2011

    " A mix of shady pasts, mundaneness and twists that will leave you gasping, this is one book you will never forget. "

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

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 3/14/2011

    " Marvelous read--as a former teacher and an interest in things British it was engrossing. Its voices are confusing if you don't pay attention to the printed detail at the beginning of each chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gemma | 3/4/2011

    " “Gentlemen and Players” is a thriller based in a private school. Joanne Harris weaves together three different narrative voices and steadily provides further information to the reader. This approach builds up suspense leading to the final denouement. Probably the best fiction book I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roseanne | 2/24/2011

    " This book started off quite slowly but the ending was amazing never knew you could get so many twists and turns in one book!
    Read this if you like a good plot I can't really tell you much more without ruining the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/19/2011

    " I was surprised I liked this one as much as I did. I thought it would be pure fluff, but it was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 2/10/2011

    " I have never been so shocked at a plot twist before, Joanne Harris totally strung me along! Very impressed, although also slightly disturbed... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maestramom | 2/3/2011

    " delightfully well-written but too easy to guess whodunit, which made the huge "surprise ending" fall flat. Also, the ending felt rushed and was much more poorly written than the rest of the book. I wouldn't recommend this one to friends. "

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About the Author
Author Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread Award–nominated Chocolat, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, and numerous other bestselling novels. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was sixteen, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire.

About the Narrator

Steven Pacey’s extensive work in the West End includes the role of Alec in Dolly West’s Kitchen, Stanley in The Birthday Party, Hamish in Things We Do for Love, and Bertie Wooster in By Jeeves—for which he earned an Olivier Award nomination. He was also directed by Harold Pinter in his successful productions of Celebration and The Room. Pacey has appeared in numerous television roles, including Tarrant in Blake’s 7, and has made over three hundred radio broadcasts. His audiobook narration has won him three AudioFile Earphones Awards.