A Partisan's Daughter

  • by Louis de Bernières
  • Narrated by Sian Thomas, Jeff Rawle
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A beautifully wrought and unlikely love story, exploring the power of storytelling.The new audiobook from the acclaimed author of Birds Without Wings and Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad.Chris is bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger to the 1970s youth culture of London, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car.Roza is Yugoslavian, recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Tito's partisans. She's in her twenties, but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And though she's not a hooker, when she's propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway.Over the next few months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She's a fast-talking Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter?The deeply moving story of their unlikely love - narrated in the moment and through recollection, each of their voices deftly realized - is also a brilliantly subtle commentary on storytelling: its seductions and powers, and its ultimately unavoidable dangers.

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Surprising story for this author

I had heard the interview with the author on the Audible newsletter so knew that this book was quite different in style from Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The use of two different narrators to tell the story of a relationship alternating between the man's and the woman's perspective works well. It's an intriguing tale with twists and turns that reminds one a little of Sherazad in 1001 Nights.
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- Kirstine

Good but a bit dull really..

I bought this on the basis of listening to the preview chapter on the Audible podcast. The first chapter is superb and the last is pretty good too. Unfortunately the middle drags a bit and the author uses up all his good jokes and surpises early on. It is very well read though and has a nice gentle pace. It reminded me of Julian Barnes' Metroland, which is not altogether a bad thing. I think the problem with it is that the initial chapter promises one thing and the rest of the book gives something else entirely.
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- Roy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2008
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks