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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (71 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Olivia Manning Narrator: Harriet Walter Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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It was a strange, uncertain world that Harriet entered when she married Guy Pringle. Guy taught English at the university at Bucharest, a city of vivid contrasts, where professional beggars exist alongside the excesses of mid-European royalty and expatriate journalists with a taste for truffles and quails in aspic. Underlying this is a fitful awareness of the proximity of the Nazi threat to a Romania, which is enjoying an uneasy peace.

In this exotic landscape Harriet gets to know her new husband and to wonder at the complexity of the apparently simple man she had married. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/13/2013

    " The first book of the Balkan Trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/30/2013

    " This started off very slowly for me but once I got into it I loved it - the scope, the wide array of characters. It sort of felt like Casablanca. I'm looking forward to the next installment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 9/24/2012

    " Finished this today. It was fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 4/17/2012

    " I enjoyed this character study. It is very well written and gives a feel of Bucharest during the phoney war stage of WW II. I'm looking forward to reading the sequels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chinook | 12/8/2011

    " I finished The Great Fortune and ended up totally loving it. Sadly, I bought the first and the third for 1,000 won but I'm missing the second part. It took awhile to get into the old-fashioned style, but now I find the attitudes about the war and class quite interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 9/10/2011

    " No plot in this character-driven, historical novel. This was a surprise and a disappointment and made for a slow read. However, Manning is very adept at writing character portraits and describing life in Bucharest society during the beginning of WW11. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 8/7/2011

    " This is the second book on a long syllabus for a British post-war reading course, and it's pretty enjoyable so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/19/2011

    " The first book of the Balkan Trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chinook | 3/18/2011

    " I finished The Great Fortune and ended up totally loving it. Sadly, I bought the first and the third for 1,000 won but I'm missing the second part. It took awhile to get into the old-fashioned style, but now I find the attitudes about the war and class quite interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 9/15/2010

    " This is the second book on a long syllabus for a British post-war reading course, and it's pretty enjoyable so far! "

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