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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,717 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Waters Narrator: Juanita McMahon Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781449802509
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A compelling tale of war, change, and intimacy. Moving back through the 1940s, through blacked-out streets, illicit liaisons, and sexual adventure, this is the story of four Londoners <#150> three women and a young man with a past. Their lives and secret Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Night Watch is a sophisticated, beautifully written novel by a writer who has reached her maturity.”

    Washington Post

  • “A skillfully written historical account of love of all persuasions trying to survive the dark prospects of London during the blitz.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vivid and compelling. Night Watch is structurally more complex than her previous works, but the astonishing period detail and focus on the forgotten corners of society remain. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Waters’s mastery of period detail carries the day…Very much worth reading.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize Finalist
  • A 2006 Man Booker Prize Finalist
  • Shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2006 Lambda Literary Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca Haynes | 2/11/2014

    " This is a very clever book and weaves together the stories of many characters in the setting of World War 2. I would very much recommend it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique Howell | 2/4/2014

    " I thought this book was very well written. The book had a life of its own. Loved the characters' connections to one another. Good historic fiction, great gay fiction, wonderful literary fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Barteluk | 1/28/2014

    " An unique end-to-start book. Enjoyed seeing how it began! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roseann | 1/28/2014

    " Not as good as Fingersmith, but still worth taking a look at. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/19/2014

    " This one was okay. I don't mind the narrative device of progressively going back in time. At one point, in the first segment, Ms.Waters actually points to her device by having a character admit that they find people's pasts more interesting than their futures. I wish she had kept this in mind when writing the third segment. This section completely fizzled out for me.I particularly disliked the 'meet cute' of the straight couple. The second segment was good but it made me wonder why the Hell Viv was still putting up with Tony 3 years later in the first segment. No clues are offered in the first segment of the book so it is rather baffling. The final story of Duncan, potentially one of the most interesting at the beginning, seems like a half-hearted attempt to tie-up loose ends and she seems to have forgotten about his cell mate by then because he fails to make an appearance. I feel like a could have done without Viv's storyline altogether if it would have meant she spent more time on Duncan's. This novel felt like an homage to the earlier work of Mary Renault. In fact, a female side character actually lives on a boat, reminiscent of Renault's early novel "The Friendly Young Ladies". I'm not a fan of Ms.Renault's rather melodramatic early stuff so I don't quite see the point except as a creative exercise. After her first three novels this one was a supreme let-down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddy Toft | 1/12/2014

    " Not quite as good as her book "Fingersmith" but I loved the images it painted in my head of what it must have felt like living in London during the air raids in the 1940s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/10/2014

    " I read this again for a book group and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 1/10/2014

    " A very well-written unconventional love/war story. If you know Sarah Waters, I think you know what you may expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonia | 12/6/2013

    " Have patience when reading this, it's a long story and wonderfully told. I skipped ahead when I had about a third of the story left and was glad I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iz | 11/22/2013

    " I was disappointed with this. maybe I just don't like historical fiction. I found the story unappealing an had to force my way through the second half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Boyd | 11/15/2013

    " Interesting references used and a good story based on fact "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geordie Jones | 11/11/2013

    " This book was interesting because it had a different feel from Sarah Waters's other books. It is an interesting character study. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Hartmann | 10/22/2013

    " Great page-turner. All about london during the blitz and then after the war. Great characters and intertwined stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kandace Brigleb | 1/9/2013

    " This was an ideal companion on the train winding south through France (and then back again). My first introduction to Waters was engaging and a bit dreamy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monique | 12/10/2012

    " Very good book, nice to read and you keep reading because you want to know why! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kithicrox | 9/16/2012

    " honestly i cannot put this book down! unlike tipping the velvet and fingersmith this has fallen away from the sex side of things into a more wanting secretive storyline "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/24/2012

    " Loved this. I felt really annoyed when it jumped back and left me hanging, but it's a credit to her writing that I cared so much about her characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele | 12/1/2011

    " I got half way and gave up. Couldn't finish this book it was so slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/22/2011

    " Oh, I loved this. I was sorry to see it end. It felt clear, beautifully constructed, and so restrained but full of emotion. A more successful book for me than The Little Stranger, the only other Waters novel I have read until this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 5/13/2011

    " Really loved this book. London Blitz with a romantic twist. Well-written and gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne - The Book Squirrel | 5/10/2011

    " Quite a story but confusing as it tells the story of the characters lives backwards. As I listerned to the audio version it sometimes got confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanna | 4/28/2011

    " I read this for the quality of the writing, but I didn't see the point of going backwards in time. There was no crisis at the beginning that was solved by knowing the beginning (at the end). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barksdale | 4/17/2011

    " Enjoyed quite a bit this tale of life during wartime London, with layers of secrets among the characters. A bit contrived is the author's keeping from the reader one of the main secrets till near the end of the boo. The structure of the plot was not linear, but I found it very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 4/14/2011

    " This was mediocre to my mind. The convention of the novel did not work in my opinion. Found it dry and rather boring but still a Sarah Waters so worthwhile reading if you are a fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 4/6/2011

    " Very slow. I bought this at the airport before going on vacation. It's taken me this long to finish (I've been back for over a month). I couldn't connect with the characters and kept hoping it would improve. "

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

    " I read this one too fast because it's so dang good -- I just couldn't wait to see what happened (although since the narrative moves backward in time, it's probably more appropriate to say that I couldn't wait to see what had already happened). Excellent writing and spot-on characters.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mackenzie | 3/23/2011

    " First book I ever read twice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/20/2011

    " This was a good book, but definitely not my favorite Sarah Waters book. Interesting storylines, but the whole thing felt incomplete and undeveloped to me. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is the New York Times bestselling author of The Little Stranger, The Night Watch, FingersmithAffinity, and Tipping the Velvet. She has three times been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of Granta’s best young British novelists, among other distinctions. She lives in London.

About the Narrator

Juanita McMahon is a professionally trained actress with experience in theater, television, and film productions, including the critically acclaimed Control, which won the BIFA Best British Film Award. She is also the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.