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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,611 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. J. Sansom Narrator: Gordon Griffin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781436133197
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A popular mystery writer breaks out with this page-turning international bestseller set in post-Civil War Spain.

September 1940: the Spanish Civil War is over, Madrid lies in ruin, and the Germans continue their march through Europe. General Franco evades Hitler’s request that he lead his broken country into yet another war.

Into this uncertain world comes a reluctant spy for the British Secret Service, sent to gain the confidence of Sandy Forsyth, an old school friend turned shady Madrid businessman. Meanwhile, an ex-Red Cross nurse is engaged in a secret mission of her own. Through this dangerous game of intrigue, C. J. Sansom’s riveting tale conjures a remarkable sense of history unfolding and the profound impact of impossible choices.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A bestseller in the UK, this moving opus leaves the reader mourning for the Spain that might have been—and the England that maybe never was.” Publishers Weekly
  • “Wise and melancholy and, eventually, very tense.

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/17/2014

    " I thought I would hate this book, but it was great overall. Found it a little difficult to start off, but once I had warmed to the characters I found I couldn't wait to find out how it all ended for them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique Willemsen | 2/16/2014

    " Erg goed boek. Spanning, goed verhaal, politiek, uit burgeroorlog in Spanje tijd van Franco, maar ook nog een roman erin. Erg goed geschreven, kan het zeker aanraden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Hartman | 2/10/2014

    " Fascinating atmosphere in this book. I liked the characters and the tension. The history was well crafted and seemed accurate from other things I've read of the Civil War here in Spain. Good writing. Not what I think of as a traditional mystery but I enjoyed the book and got obsessed with finishing it last weekend. I didn't actually love the final resolution but it was a good book and I can recommend it. Would be one to sit around a cup of tea and discuss with friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/6/2014

    " This is a long book for what is essentially a mild thriller. But it did keep my interest to the end, which certainly wasn't totally predictable. Likeable and despicable characters also pulled me in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis Weinstein | 1/22/2014

    " A very well done historical novel, with well developed complex characters. But the most significant thing for me was this was the first time I felt I was beginning to understand something of the confusion that was the Spanish Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephan Collishaw | 1/21/2014

    " Entertaining. Revealing on the civil war without getting preachy. Likable narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 1/12/2014

    " Very similar style to Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Great story about a British spy that takes you in many directions. It kept getting better and better. I couldn't put it down at the end. The ending was the best part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 12/31/2013

    " Obviously well researched so it gives and idea of life in Spain just after the Civil War. However the characters felt unreal so I didn't really care about them. Worth a read from a historical point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Millicent | 12/29/2013

    " This is a good book, more literary fiction than a spy thriller and quite a change from his Shardlake books. The jacket blurb compares it to Sebastian Faulks and Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and it does have elements of both: the wartime intrigue of Faulks and the Spanish atmosphere of Zafon. But this is a book of moral ambiguity and rich characterization, in which the brokenness of 1940 Spain comes through very painfully. It left me feeling sad, but sad because of good storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 12/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The story revolves around 4 people during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The author did a great job describing the conditions in Madrid during this time. It's a great spy thriller with a love story. It's also very historical which I appreciated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom | 12/11/2013

    " Great novel set shortly after the Civil war. I read it while living in Madrid and the places and names were so real to me. Fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fay | 11/20/2013

    " I just didn't enjoy this book - it didnt grip me at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arwen | 9/17/2013

    " A reasonable read but falls between two stools - ends up being a love story which happens to be set in Franco's Spain. And given the length of the book, the ending was way too rushed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Labelle | 9/4/2013

    " A spy novel set in Fascist Spain in the 1930's and 1940's seemed like a sure thing too me. I liked the atmosphere the author was able to create but the story itself didn't work for me. I guess I will never be a fan of thrillers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 6/9/2013

    " Good book for those who like historical fiction, kept my interest throughout, learned alot about that period of history "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Lawler | 12/29/2012

    " I'm thoroughly enjoying my reading at the moment. Another unexpected visit to Franco's time and a great, twisting story of love, war and espionage. A real page-turner! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 A.M. | 4/30/2012

    " This supposedly action-packed thriller is only thrilling if you find long conversations action-packed. It seems even the author got bored by the end - killing off most of the cast in one fell swoop. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gamze | 3/7/2012

    " I put this book on hold indefinitely. I got to page 70 and found it too boring to continue on reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Caouette | 11/9/2011

    " enjoyed it but it was very sad too. I learned a lot about Spain as it relates to WW2. AND I liked how real it seemed regarding spies in that context - rather than the 007 approach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Per Møldrup-dalum | 7/28/2011

    " Fine story, rather realistic, all but happy-go-lucky chance meetings in Franco controlled Madrid during World War II. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coriss | 6/12/2011

    " this book is definitely one of my favorite books it´s exactly what i was expecting to read, full of surprises and a lot of emotions involved in a story from Franco´s time and i´m trying to find another one as good as this one that can talk about love also involving historic events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coriss | 6/11/2011

    " this book is amazing specially if you like historic novels!!! definitely worth reading "

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

    " Harry Brett reluctantly spies on an old classmate in Spain during WW2. Atmospheric with believable characters, showing the hardships following the Spanish civil war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 5/22/2011

    " A good read, a change from his usual Tudor period. Very evocative of life in Spain during and after the civil war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donni | 5/20/2011

    " Really liked this book. Quick paced and interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 4/18/2011

    " I love Sansom - his Shardlake series is a must-buy for me. I read this on the back of Shardlake and it has a very different theme... but I really enjoyed the read. Be warned, it has the same sardonic resolution you'd expect from Shardlake stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 4/7/2011

    " Although the beginning was slow going for me with a lot of political party references, I soon began to enjoy the pace and unsuspecting twists throughout the story. It is very well written, and not with the "fairy tale ending" you'd expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elin | 3/24/2011

    " After reading The Shadow of the Wind, my history teacher lent me this, which is quite like it. Although it took a while to get into, I really enjoyed it. Overall, a gripping story with an unexpected, but very true-sounding ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 3/24/2011

    " A cracker of a book. Sometimes a bit cliched, but on the whole completely gripping. Was up way too late last night finishing it - what a finale! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruy | 3/23/2011

    " Muy buena imagen de la españa de la postguerra. Desenlace abrupto e inesperado. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 3/22/2011

    " A previous reviewer described it as a gentle plot. A very apt observation, it is just that. I became very absorbed in the characters and their fortunes. The ending seemed a little hurried but that was probably me hoping for a longer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/2/2011

    " Excellent! Another highly literate "mystery" by C.J. Sansom. What a complicated time it was---1940 in Madrid, just after the Spanish Civil War. Character finely drawn and plot gripping. Makes you want to read more history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anja | 2/10/2011

    " Absolutely loved 95% of the book. But in the last three chapters when the story reaches it's climax, it turns unrealistic and really harsh. So if you can handle an unsatisfying and somewhat unhappy ending, it's worth a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/5/2011

    " Heartbreaking, but it really transmits what the mood of Spain during that period must have been like. "

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About the Author

C. J. Sansom earned a PhD in history and was a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer.

About the Narrator

Gordon Griffin is one of the most prolific and sought-after voice artists in the UK. As well as narrating over 250 audiobooks and earning four AudioFile Earphones Awards, he can be heard on countless television and radio advertisements, corporate videos, training films, and documentaries. In addition to his voice work, he is also a respected dialogue coach and has worked on television productions as diverse as Byker Grove and Kavanagh QC. He is also casting director with the English Theatre of Hamburg.