Past Caring

  • by Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by Paul Shelley
  • 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why should distinguished Edwardian Cabinet minister Edwin Straford resign at the height of his career? Why does the woman he loves so suddenly reject him? Why, 70 years later, should people go to such lengths to prevent the truth coming out?

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What the Critics Say

"Written in clear, resonant prose, Goddard's first novel, nominated for the Booker prize, is a poised telling of a complex tale....In one sense a historical thriller, and in another a romantic novel of a love affair gone disastrously wrong, this is, in any case, a wonderful read." (Publishers Weekly)
"Psychological drama and intricate plot will entice readers." (Library Journal)

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Past Caring

This is a book that doesn't neatly fit a genre. It follows the story of a man who is in the English cabinet before WW1 who falls in love with a suffragette. He mysteriously loses his job and his fiancee and never finds out why. His colleagues wont speak to him and the girl immediately leaves the country.
Fast forward to the present and a man down on his luck is hired to discover why Edwin Strafford was cast aside all those years before. This man, Martin, soon gets embroiled in all sorts of plots,scheming and double bluffs but why?

The book is literary, political, plenty of crime and intrigue, romantic and absorbing. It surprised me how much I enjoyed it. The narrative moves steadily along although there are plenty of sections involved with the government of the time and with the history and actions of suffragettes.
It is not a fast paced thriller more a sustained, intensifying burn.

The narration is steady and clear and helps keep the plot focussed. This story is long so is good value for money and the ending is unexpected so you keep going all the way to the last few minutes.

I recommend this.
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- AmyAlice

Would think about this book all day!

To think i was in two minds whether to give this book a chance is crazy now i've finished it!

This book had me gripped from the start. I'd be at work thinking about it and looking forward to bed to listen to some more! Perfectly read by Shelly who nailed every charactor.

So many twists and the way the book goes back in time is so clever. The way Goddard had written the charactors made you feel like you knew them. A beautiful mystery.I will be going through the rest of his books now.

Even now after finishing the book i still think about the charactors.

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- Steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-03-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios