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Author: Kate Atkinson Narrator: Fenella Woolgar Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9781549141942
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A thrilling new novel from the bestselling author of Life after Life

In 1940, eighteen-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.

Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit, and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fenella Woolgar’s masterful narration transforms Juliet Armstrong into a friend who is confiding a lifetime of secrets…Woolgar’s interpretations of Juliet’s wry asides and commentary, peppered throughout the text, are hilarious, and she convincingly portrays a broad cast of characters, from plucky Cockney-accented errand boys to elderly women conspiratorially sharing their shocking views. Woolgar’s melodious voice and dry wit carry listeners through the decades as Juliet’s secrets race to catch up with her. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “A sprawling, unapologetically ambitious saga.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The book is sort of thriller-lite—a bit of mild suspense, some teased intrigue—but as always the greatest joy is Atkinson’s language itself: the pitch-perfect dialogue, the funny asides, and the immersive scene building.”

    BuzzFeed

  • “Atkinson’s suspenseful novel is enlivened by its heroine’s witty, sardonic voice as she is transformed from an innocent, unsophisticated young woman into a spy…[A] transportive, wholly realized historical novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A wonderful novel about making choices, failing to make them, and living, with some degree of grace, the lives our choices determine for us.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With a fascinating cast of characters, careful plotting, and lyrical language in turns comical and tragic, Atkinson’s complex story carefully unveils the outer demands and inner conflicts that war inflicts on people.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Atkinson is sharp, precise, and funny…Another beautifully crafted book from an author of great intelligence and empathy.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Fall
  • A LibraryReads Pick for September
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of the Best Books of Fall
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for Fall
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Fall Books

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About the Author

Kate Atkinson is a New York Times bestselling author. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named the Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Her novel Life After Life was the winner of the Costa Novel Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, and her books featuring Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories. Atkinson lives in Edinburgh.

About the Narrator

Fenella Woolgar is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. She has starred in films including Bright Young Things, Wah Wah, Vera Drake, and Scoop. On television, she played Agatha Christie in “Dr Who: The Unicorn and the Wasp,” and she also joined the cast of Case Histories for the BBC.