Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • by Louis de Bernieres
  • Narrated by Michael Maloney
  • 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous - and a consummate musician. When the local doctor's daughter's letters to her fiancé go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable. But can this fragile love survive as the war gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender?


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I had tried a couple of times to read this book but gave up after the first dozen chapters as it didn't capture me. A friend encouraged me to preserve so I then downloaded this. The book is exquisite in its description of such harrowing history and the characterisation is extremely skilled. For me the narration is a triumph. The range of accents and ages of the characters are spot on but what makes it truly listenable is how pace and tone are conveyed in a way I would not get by reading it myself.
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- R

Dont be put off

What made the experience of listening to Captain Corelli's Mandolin the most enjoyable?

The writing is exceptionally eloquent if not sometimes verbose. it is at times poetic and the effort put in by the narrator is exceptional in creating definition between characters. The story has all emotions and set against the backdrop of very real genocide in Kefelonia.

What did you like best about this story?

the richness of the characters and the descriptive writing

Which scene did you most enjoy?

young Yannis learning to play Antonia.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no.. good work should be savioured

Any additional comments?

do not judge the book on the film, I enjoyed the movie but the book is tremendous.

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- mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios