This classic memoir of the First World War is now a major motion picture starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington.
In 1914 Vera Brittain was 20, and as war was declared she was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later her life - and the lives of her whole generation - had changed in a way that would have been unimaginable in the tranquil prewar era.
Testament of Youth, one of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, is Brittain's account of how she survived those agonising years; how she lost the man she loved; how she nursed the wounded; and how she emerged into an altered world.
A passionate record of a lost generation, it made Vera Brittain one of the best-loved writers of her time and has lost none of its power to shock, move and enthral readers since its first publication in 1933.
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Almost impossible to listen to
The book is really fascinating and I think I will have to read it instead of listen to it. The writer comes across as arrogant, self obsessed, pompous, pious and extremely unlikable but I think this is due to a horrible narration that makes her sound dry and remote.
As this is an autobiography it is rather odd to consider "favourite character" - this book is about real people and their real lives and deaths not about "characters".
Juliet Stevenson or any other decent actress with a voice that varies in tone and texture and brings life to a story - Sheila Mitchell kills it dead and makes it such a difficult listen.
Go and read the book and dump the audio! It did make me think about the state of the world - about war and power and how those who want peace are ridiculed, marginalised and sometimes even punished. It did inspire me to reflect on vested interest and how the powerful abuse their position - but the dreary narration mostly inspired me to go and listen to anything other than this.
What a waste! Such a good and worthwhile book with such depth of feeling, intelligence and poignant interest turned into a long drawn out drone - read the excellent review on audible.com for a more detailed dissection of how this narrator gets it so wrong and read the book don't bother with the audio it becomes actually painful after several hours listening and is long in any case. HORRIBLE narration - excellent writing - a good book massacred and some dreadful pronunciation too - don't the editors EVER correct these narrators when they repeatedly mispronounce basic words to such a degree it grates. This is badly done and I will wish for someone to re-do the whole thing.