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3.05 out of 53.05 out of 53.05 out of 53.05 out of 53.05 out of 5 3.05 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas H. Cook Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Thomas Danforth has lived a fortunate life. The son of a wealthy importer, he traveled the world in his youth, and now, in his twenties, he lives in New York City and runs the family business. It is 1939, and the world is on the brink of war, but Danforth's life is untroubled, his future assured. Then, on a snowy evening walk along Gramercy Park, a friend poses a fateful question. As it turns out, this friend has a dangerous idea that can change the world. Danforth is to provide a place where a brilliant woman can receive training in firearms and explosives. This is to be the beginning of an international plot carried out by the mysterious Anna Kleina plot that will ensnare Danforth in more ways than one. When the plan goes wrong and Klein disappears, Danforth's quest begins: it is a journey of ever shifting alliances and betrayals that will lead him across a war torn world in search of answers. Now in his ninety first year, at the dawn of a troubled new era, he sits in luxury at the Century Club and tells his tale to the young man from Washington he has summoned, for reasons of his own, to hear it.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sibyl | 2/9/2014

    " I stumbled upon this by accident on the best seller shelves at the library. It sat at the bottom of my to-read stack, a book and author of which I had no previous knowledge. It turns out to be one of my favorite summer reads so far. Set in two main time periods, 1939 and 2001, each year is important to the plot. Much research into historical events and locations is evident, occasionally daunting the reader to keep them straight. But the weaving of all the elements to end in surprising but very satisfactory ending left me thoughtfully contemplating the task Mr. cook had set for himself in the writing of this novel. I enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corny | 2/3/2014

    " An extremely convoluted tale that takes quite a while to develop. If you are used to action thrillers, this will not be your cup of tea. At times the narrative is maddeningly slow, reflecting the rambling nature of the ninety-one year old protagonist. However, the plot is well constructed, if not very believable, and the story gets more interesting in the final third of the book. Set mostly in 1939 in Europe and the US prior to the outbreak of WWII, the book does a fair job of reproducing the atmosphere of these troubled times, but is not in the same league in this respect as Alan Furst. Nevertheless, an enjoyable read and engaging characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Ryan | 1/31/2014

    " Wooden, one dimensional characters, and a plot that was somewhat confusing twoards the end. Though I would really like this book but was so disappointed by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zhiqing | 1/28/2014

    " Love it! What a remarkable story teller Thomas Cook is! I like this as much as "The Chatham School Affair." Both books featrue the narrator in their old age looking back on the one chapter of their lives that forever changed their lives! This one keeps you guessing till the very end, and what an ending that was!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat Warren | 1/9/2014

    " This month's office book-club selection. Underwhelmed was I. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/6/2013

    " Disappointed in this book. Was not crazy about the writing style and felt it dragged a bit. Didn't care much for any of the characters either. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. This was a book club pick, otherwise I might not even have finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Schmidt | 11/18/2013

    " Two and a half stars. Hard to get into when the story is constantly being interrupted with the interviewer's story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloryvette | 11/16/2013

    " Reading this suspenseful novel is like having a front row seat while Scheherazade weaves a story, holding you captive because you don't want to miss a single word. This is the first time I have read a novel by Thomas H. Cook. I can't wait to read another one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 10/16/2013

    " A slowly moving story, but ultimately compelling. Not my favorite Thomas Cook, but worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Parker | 9/27/2013

    " Cook is an amazing storyteller. Another great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Zink | 9/14/2013

    " The story of a search for an old love in world War. The story takes many interesting turns, and the ending is surprising and satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 8/29/2013

    " A 1939 plot to assassinate Hitler, and its aftermath 70 years later. The ending was a complete surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 7/21/2013

    " Reviewed (tepid) for PW "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 6/7/2013

    " Disappointing ending. Took a long time to get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 5/19/2013

    " Very interesting book. Nice twist at the end. I'm on a WWII kick right now and this filled the bill. Good mystery, a nice love story and a wonderful way to tell the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette | 3/3/2012

    " A spy story, a World War II thriller, but not, and a love story. Confusing at times, but well written and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Thurber | 8/16/2011

    " Very interesting. Kind of a spy thriller, family saga combo pack. An elderly man relates to a younger man his experiences as an undercover agent involved in a plot to kill Hitler--but that's not all the story is about. I listened to it and found it riveting. You may disagree... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 7/29/2011

    " A slowly moving story, but ultimately compelling. Not my favorite Thomas Cook, but worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 1/14/2011

    " Disappointing ending. Took a long time to get there. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas H. Cook

Thomas H. Cook was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1947. He has been nominated for the Edgar Award seven times in five different categories. He received the best novel Edgar for The Chatham School Affair, the Martin Beck Award, the Herodotus Prize for best historical short story, and the Barry Award for best novel for Red Leaves, and has been nominated for numerous other awards.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. He is best known for his work on screen as junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos. An acclaimed narrator, he has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.