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

A Walter Mitty tale?

I did enjoy this title, well narrated and it moved along at an enjoyable pace. Also told me new things about the breakup of former Yugoslavia. And it was amusing, with some laugh, and cringe, out loud moments.

But I felt it a little thin in story. Like an essay that poses a lot of questions but doesn't seek to address them. Ultimately, I felt a little let down by the author not addressing whether these stories were true, and what happened to the characters afterwards...and I guess I was not captivated enough by the story to try and work it out or invent it for myself.

But, it was an enjoyable listen and perhaps a more inventive mind could piece together the story better than I did?
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- CA Weir

Book Details

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