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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pat Barker Narrator: Russell Boulter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Life Class Trilogy Release Date:
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In the spring of 1914, a group of young students gather in an art studio for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant and Elinor Brooke are two components of a love triangle, and at the outset of the war, they turn to each other. After volunteering for the Red Cross, Paul must confront the fact that life, love, and art will never be the same for him. Pat Barker is unrivaled in her ability to convey simple, moving human truths. Her skill in relaying the harrowing experience of modern warfare is matched by the depth of insight she brings to the experience of love and the morality of art in a time of war. Life Class is one of her genuine masterpieces. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautiful and vocative...A coming-of-age story that transcends the individual and gestures to the fate of a generation.”


  • “Barker’s grim, gray depiction of the hospital at the front, and of ghastliness of combat, approaches her finest writing, elegant and sweeping…She is the best English novelist working today.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Written with wrenching, telling detail…Life Class feels urgent and timely.”

    The Miami Herald

  • “Mature, unsentimental and searching. One of this excellent writer’s finest books.”

    Kirkus (starred review)

  • “The author’s unflinching eye for detail and her supple prose create an undeniably powerful narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers…will appreciate the care she takes in her rich, deliberate character building.”


  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karen | 2/11/2014

    " Extremely well written, although the characters and settings seemed to be richer when the author was on her favoured First World War territory. Made for a good book group discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donald | 2/5/2014

    " A very well-written and evocative book that does a better job of painting a word picture of the time and places of pre- and World-War I England/France than it does in moving along a plot. The characters are well-drawn, if not always likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 2/3/2014

    " Barker's take on the impact of WWI on the British social structure and her exploration of the subject of "shell shock" is outstanding. I look forward to reading her other books in this trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 2/2/2014

    " eh. 2 art students during the war. the dialogue about art is interesting. i kept expecting someone to be killed by a bomb, but in the end, it's just life that goes on. "

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