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Author: Isabel Wolff Narrator: Susan Duerden, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781494572846
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Jenni Clark is a ghostwriter. She loves to immerse herself in other people's stories—a respite from her own life and from a relationship that appears to be nearing its end. Jenni's latest assignment takes her to a coastal hamlet in England, where she has agreed to pen the memoir of an elderly farm owner named Klara. Jenni assumes the project will be easy: a quiet, ordinary tale of a life well lived.

But Klara's story is far from quiet. She recounts the tale of a family torn apart by World War II and of disgraceful acts committed against a community in the Japanese prison camps on the Pacific island paradise of Java. As harrowing details emerge and stunning truths come to light, Jenni is compelled to confront a secret she's spent a lifetime burying.

Weaving together the lives of two very different women, Isabel Wolff has created a captivating novel of love, loss, and hope that reaches across generations. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Both narrators provide fully realized personalities and settings. AudioFile
  • “Beautifully written…an outstanding book club selection . . . If you liked Jamie Ford’s novels [then] you’ll like Shadows over Paradise.”

    Huntington News (Boston)

  • “Shifting focus from the present to the past with ease…[Isabel] Wolff’s latest will please fans of women’s stories that include a realistic depiction of life during wartime and the ability to overcome adversity.”

    Library Journal

  • “An excellent choice for fans of Sarah Jio and Kate Morton.”


  • “Susan Duerden and Wanda McCaddon narrate this portrait of two women who live in vastly different time periods… Duerden’s soft, whispery voice hints at things intimate, hidden, important in Jenni’s world…McCaddon is masterful as Klara and has a perfect accent for each new person described in the camps as well as a tone that reveals his or her terror. Both narrators provide fully realized personalities and settings—from to the horrific details of life in the camps to Jenni’s contemporary trauma and the friendship that ultimately develops between the two women.”


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About the Author

Isabel Wolff was born in Warwickshire and studied English at Cambridge. She is the author of ten bestselling novels, including Ghostwritten, Rescuing Rose, and The Very Picture of You, and she has been published in twenty-nine languages. Isabel previously worked as a producer and reporter for the BBC. She lives with her family in London.

About the Narrators

Nicholas Guy Smith, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a highly rated and diverse voice-over actor who has been heard in feature films, television commercials, and video games. He has voiced characters for Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, and the Cartoon Network.

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.