The Aftermath

  • by Rhidian Brook
  • Narrated by Leighton Pugh
  • 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Rhidian Brook's powerful new thriller The Aftermath, read by the actor Leighton Pugh.
Hamburg, 1946: Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan has requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatised daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together.
In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires, and the transforming power of forgiveness.

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Couldn't stop listening

Really enjoyed this book. Great literary fiction set during a difficult, little explored period in history. Atmospheric descriptive writing and good characterisation, with excellent narration. I couldn't stop listening.
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- lou58

Democracy up close and personal

I picked this up on 2 for 1 Audiobook offer. I had never heard of this book or author before but glad I now do.
It is a story told in the post Second World War Germany and the role of the different allied groups i.e. the British, French, Russians in forming the 'new' Germany. It is the story of a British family who come to Germany to share a home with a German family.
It is interesting to see the way of life at the time and the lives of the ragged begging German children and the currency they use to barter and get vouchers i.e. Cigarettes. If you have Cigarettes it seems you can get anything!
Its interesting how the Germans had to go through this 'cleansing' process to prove they were not affiliated with Hitler. Without this certificate of authenticity they could not work travel or 'live' basically.
The British family are grieving for the loss of their eldest son who was killed by a German bomb in England.
While initially the mother Rachel finds it very difficult to be under the same roof with the Germans that gradually changes and Rachel moves from a grieving mother to one who is starting to live again. Her husband Lewis is shown as just a really good guy throughout perhaps too good to be true in some instances. He does not seem to have grieved for his lost son and finds it difficult to relax with his family. The story maintains the interest of the reader throughout and I felt connected with the characters. I felt the narrative helped and brought it all together.
Overall a very interesting read. I would recommend it.
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- Cian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited