Survivor : Belle

  • by Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by Alison Dowling
  • Series: Belle
  • 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Survivor, Lesley Pearse's stunning new novel in the best-selling and enthralling Belle series. Read by the actress Alison Dowling.
London, 1939: Eighteen-year-old Mari is defiant, strong-willed and selfish. She has craved independence her entire life and now, with the World on the brink of war, Mari has finally escaped the sleepy fishing village of her childhood in New Zealand.
After passionately falling for Morgan, the cockney steward aboard ship on her voyage to England, she hastily dismisses him in favour of being taken out by handsome young pilots in the glamorous West end. But, without warning, the Blitz blows her new life apart. Now Mari has the chance to make a difference but can she learn from her mistakes in time?

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Customer Reviews

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A girl's development with some unexpected turns

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It holds one's interest throughout and the narration by Alison Dowling is just perfect.


What other book might you compare Survivor to, and why?

This is the first book by Lesley Pearse that I have read, or rather, listened to. What made the package so good was the combination of Pearse's story-telling and the marvellous narration by Alison Dowling. It seemed also to be carefully researched and historically accurate. Life during the period 1938 through 1945 is well portrayed.


What about Alison Dowling’s performance did you like?

Her accents throughout (and quite a few different ones are needed) are really brilliant.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A story of discovery and survival!


Any additional comments?

Listen to it! You will be sorry when it comes to an end!

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- Ray

A really good story

What did you like most about Survivor?

I have read the prequels to Survivor and it was nice to catch up with previous characters and to know their back stories. This book does stand alone though.


What did you like best about this story?

The atmosphere of life in New Zealand and life in the UK in wartime. The development of Mariette's character as she matured.


What about Alison Dowling’s performance did you like?

Her different accents and her voice was pleasant to listen to.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I experienced a range of emotions, both happy and sad.


Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable.

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- Heidi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-02-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited