• by John Boyne
  • Narrated by James Daniel Wilson
  • 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

July 1910: The grisly remains of Cora Crippen, music hall singer and wife of Dr. Hawley Crippen, are discovered in the cellar of 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Camden. But the Doctor and his mistress, Ethel Le Neve, have vanished, much to the frustration of Scotland Yard and the outrage of a horrified London.
Across the Channel in Antwerp, the SS Montrose sets sail on its two week voyage to Canada. Amongst its passengers are the overbearing Antonia Drake and her daughter Victoria, who is hell-bent on romance, the enigmatic Mathieu Zela and the modest Martha Hayes. Also on board are the unassuming Mr John Robinson and his seventeen-year-old son Edmund. But all is not as it seems....


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Customer Reviews

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I could not put this book down. The masterly way John Boyne see-sawed between historic and current date lines was expertly brought to life by narrator, and character actor, James Daniel Wilson. This book kept me guessing to the last chapter. A great example of how factual incidents can be turned into exciting fiction. This is a must!
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- John

Thrilling story and audioversion

Where does Crippen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my top-3

What other book might you compare Crippen to, and why?

I can't compare Crippen to any other book, because there were so many characters and different voices. Or it must be The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. Yes, that book comes pretty close.

Have you listened to any of James Daniel Wilson’s other performances? How does this one compare?


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Nothing is what it seems.

Any additional comments?

What a delicious book this was. Good speed, very good accents. There were times that I thought a whole army of narrators were behind the microphone. But no, mr. Wilson did it all on his own. Chapeau!
My next book will be The Absolutist. Have already read this book in Dutch, but it is such a good book too, that it will be like reading it for the first time. John Boyne's books really get me. Except for The Second Child. Too short a book and the tale was a bit flimsy.

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- Frederiek

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks