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I give this book four stars rather than five that it could have had from me, not because of the writing, but for the audio production. Here's why: the book is written in a style that is not at linear. Rather it's written in slices that shift rapidly back and forth between parallel scenes happening simultaneously in different parts of the world. It's more like peeling back the layers of an onion than reading a straightforward narrative. The producer doesn't leave enough time between vignettes to give the listener adequate warning that you've shifted in time and place. It's not the narrator's fault or the author's, it's just a quirk of the recording. HOWEVER, if you stick it out for the first 3 hours you'll get used to it, it's worth it. The story is great, complex, compelling and a rare look at longstanding Balkan hatreds, western indifference, arms dealers and governmental hubris. A really great book that requires diligence. I recommend listening in long stretches at a time to get into the rhythm of it. Perfect for a long drive or daily long commutes.
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What did you like most about The Collaborator?
As usual, a great plot and beautifully written.Gerald Seymour never fails to impress. And the narration by Laurence Kennedy could not have been bettered.A really excellent audio production.
Have you listened to any of Laurence Kennedy’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have never heard a performance by Laurence Kennedy before but thought this was wonderful.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Collaborator to be better than the print version?
definitely, because long novels are too demanding on leisure time. I work while I listen.
What did you like best about this story?
the ordinary innocent person caught up in another's crisis because of a love bond could be any of us, the reader cannot help wondering "what would I have done?"
Have you listened to any of Laurence Kennedy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
no, I enjoyed his performance.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
love is blind
Any additional comments?
Gerald Seymour is definitely one of the 'greats'