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Author: Julie Berry Narrator: Dion Graham, Fiona Hardingham, various narrators, Allan Corduner, Jayne Entwistle, John Lee, Nathaniel Parker, Steve West, Julie Berry Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2019 ISBN: 9781984838254
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Read the novel New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network Kate Quinn called "easily one of the best novels I have read all year!" A critically acclaimed, multi-layered romance set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II, where gods hold the fates--and the hearts--of four mortals in their hands.

They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.

Hailed by critics, Lovely War has received seven starred reviews and is an indie bestseller. Author Julie Berry has been called "a modern master of historical fiction" by Bookpage and "a celestially inspired storyteller" by the New York Times, and Lovely War is truly her masterwork. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Julie Berry pens an utter delight in Lovely War, an effervescent confection of a novel filled with humor, tragedy, romance, and myth. Easily one of the best novels I have read all year! Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
     
  • This fascinating, gorgeously written novel of World War I will grip you and remind you that the greatest danger is closing our hearts to love. Nancy Werlin, National Book Award honoree and New York Times bestseller
  • Julie Berry writes the past as if she lived it. Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author
  • ★ “Proves again that Berry is one of our most ambitious writers. Happily for us, that ambition so often results in great success. Booklist, starred review

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    "Julie Berry [is] a modern master of historical fiction for young readers. . . Berry’s superb research and attention to detail are perfectly suited to the layers of this story of love in wartime . . . [a] romantic yet unflinching look at teenagers coming of age during World War I.
  • ★ "This poignant novel will make readers, by turns, laugh, cry, and swoon. The Horn Book, starred review
  • ★ "Readers will be swept away by Berry’s lyrical prose. School Library Journal, starred review
  • "When the hurly-burly's done, and the battle's lost and won, does Love conquer War? The answer is never in doubt, but it's a pleasure to have it confirmed by a celestially inspired storyteller. The New York Times Book Review
  • "Leavened by wit and informed by history, Lovely War is a romantic and inventive story from its dramatic start to its laughter- and tear-spangled ending. The Wall Street Journal
  • Stunning . . . gives ordinary lives the sheen of the epic. Refinery29
  • [A] triumphant piece of historically focused fiction. . . a moving, brutal, and yes, lovely, story of the ways in which people find hope in a world gone mad BCCB Reviews
  • Berry’s accomplished talent for developing all elements of plot—character, tone, and mood—in addition to her fresh writing style makes this title a compelling page turner. School Library Connection


  • ★ “Scheherazade has nothing on Berry . . . An unforgettable romance so Olympian in scope, human at its core, and lyrical in its prose that it must be divinely inspired. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • ★ "Berry’s evocative novel . . . gains steam as the stories flesh out. Along the way, it suggests that while war and its devastation cycles through history, the forces of art and love remain steady, eternal, and life-sustaining. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • ★ “Poignant…will make readers, by turns, laugh, cry, and swoon. The Horn Book, starred review

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About the Author

Julie Berry grew up in western New York as the youngest of seven children. She holds a BS in communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four sons.

About the Narrators

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.

Nathaniel Parker has appeared in several films, including The Bodyguard, Wide Sargasso Sea, and Hamlet, while his theatrical roles include Wellbred in Every Man in His Humour, Kudryash in The Storm, Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, and Don Pedro in The Rover. Among his television credits are A Village Affair, David, Absolute Hell, and the part of Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd.

Steve West, the winner of multiple Earphones Awards for narration, is an international actor who has starred on London’s prestigious West End stage, including productions of Mamma Mia! and Oh, What a Night! He is widely known for his television and film work in both the United States and the UK, and he has performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He hosts his own television show for the UK live from Los Angeles.

Dion Graham is an award-winning narrator named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award numerous times, as well as Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards, IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, and the ALA Odyssey Award. He was nominated in 2015 for a Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration. He is also a critically acclaimed actor who he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, with an MFA degree in acting.

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

James Langton, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and later as a musician at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked in radio, film, and television, also appearing in theater in England and on Broadway. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.

Allan Corduner, Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a voice, film, and theater actor who has worked in London’s West End and on Broadway. He starred as Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy. Other films include Moonlight Mile, The Green Zone, and Yentl. He has also appeared in several BBC Radio 4 plays, including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Insignificance. His narration includes The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series.

Jayne Entwistle is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.