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Download The Soldier's Return Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melvyn Bragg Narrator: Mark McGann Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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In the spring of 1946, ex-corporal Samuel Richardson returns home from Burma to Wigton in Cumbria, to the relief of his young wife, Ellen. He finds a town in which little has changed. Sam, however, has changed: the war has left him with traumatic memories. And there's 6-year-old Joe, a baby when Sam volunteered, who can scarcely remember his father. As all three strive to adjust, the bonds of love and loyalty become stretched to breaking point. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/15/2013

    " This wasn't at all what I was expecting. Knowing Melvyn Bragg's radio programme In Our Time I was expecting a very intellectual, heavy, literary work. In fact it was a very readable, human story. Not particularly memorable maybe but quite enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodi Blyde | 9/14/2013

    " I wanted to love this story. I really did. But it lacked plot and substance, and dragged on. I battled my way through 12 chapters before giving up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 3/24/2013

    " One of the most moving books I've ever read. Absolutely astonishing in its portrayal of a post-war family dealing with the aftermath of separation and war. Wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz Bascal | 12/24/2012

    " Poignant and thought provoking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buff | 10/1/2012

    " This was a deeply moving story of a soldier returning to his small village after many years in the British army. Told with beautifully and carefully crafted words, Sam and Ellen's poignant story is unforgettable. I loved it! I could feel the pain of every one of the characters. An outstanding novel! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly Stewart | 7/2/2012

    " Undoubtedly well written - however very very little story and the whole novel lacked substance, warmth or character to keep me hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 5/25/2012

    " Evocative of so much that was important and is now either gone or fading fast - close Northern families; community; a respect for work and achievement. Bragg doesn't match the quality of this book in the rest of the series but they are all excellent reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Grinstead | 1/27/2012

    " Bragg captures both the realities and hardship of Northern life with the personal turmoil of someone returning from a war, where what he has gone through can never be understood by those who have been left behind. Gritty, insightful and, in turn, poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnekfisher | 7/17/2011

    " I'm an absolute sucker for small town UK life and details,maybe because I didn't have to live in one??? Also, Like sagas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 6/3/2011

    " I love reading wartime novels, I always learn something. This is a very personal story of a British soldier in Burma during WWII. Really, really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnekfisher | 2/23/2011

    " I'm an absolute sucker for small town UK life and details,maybe because I didn't have to live in one??? Also, Like sagas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 1/13/2011

    " One of the most moving books I've ever read. Absolutely astonishing in its portrayal of a post-war family dealing with the aftermath of separation and war. Wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 3/9/2009

    " I love reading wartime novels, I always learn something. This is a very personal story of a British soldier in Burma during WWII. Really, really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 11/4/2008

    " This wasn't at all what I was expecting. Knowing Melvyn Bragg's radio programme In Our Time I was expecting a very intellectual, heavy, literary work. In fact it was a very readable, human story. Not particularly memorable maybe but quite enjoyable. "

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