Deep in an Estonian forest, two women - one young, one old - are hiding. Zara is a prostitute and a murderer, on the run from brutal captors, men who know about inflicting punishment. Aliide offers refuge, but not safety: She has her own secrets, traitorous crimes of passion and revenge committed long ago, during the country’s brutal Soviet years.
Both women have suffered lives of abuse. But this time their survival depends on revealing the one thing history has taught them to keep safely hidden: the truth. A haunting, intimate and gripping story of suspicion, betrayal and retribution against a backdrop of Soviet oppression and European war.
©2008 Sofi Oksanen. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By Gavingks on 02-02-13

Well written and interesting

But if I was honest I was a little bored with this. For the 1st time I wish I had listened to an abridged version. The characters were interesting, though a little stereotypical, and the history and story were told well. Just it lacked pace, which may have been the intention, and failed to draw me in. I found that I did not really care about the characters.


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By Tamara on 14-10-12

Fantastic Narrator!

What did you like best about Purge? What did you like least?

This book is so beautifully worded. It paids such a vivid picture that it is alive in your mind as you listen.

Would you be willing to try another book from Sofi Oksanen and Lola Rogers (Translator) ? Why or why not?

I would definatly look out for this Author & Translator. I got a wonderful education on a world that would otherwise be unknown to me. It was alive with vivid scenery, action and character thoughts & conversation that I felt like I was a fly on the wall.

Have you listened to any of Sian Thomas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have listened to Sian and would love to hear more. She is a wonderful narrator, flawless accents and character play.

Was Purge worth the listening time?

Purge is a book that must be listened to carefully, take the time to really enjoy it. It isn't something that you can just 'vague out' to. It is challenging and thought provoking.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Pia on 25-02-17


This was a harrowing book, about everything that repeats down the generations and spreads in our families and communities if we are not mindful in how we choose to live. Peace should prevail for us all, peace and the complete absense of paranoia

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