The Noise of Time

  • by Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by Daniel Philpott
  • 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In May 1937, a man in his early 30s waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now, and few who are taken to the Big House ever return.

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The Noise of Time

A very interesting slant on Shostocovich and his life. It also gives an insight into the way the Soviet Union treated its artists . It is more a biography than a story but Julian Barnes writes so well that the people he describes come alive.
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- Susan Whitehead

Gripping and brilliantly researched

A genuinely superb fictionalised account of the inner monologue of Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich, written with deft turns of phrase (often derived from Russian sayings or folk wisdom), grim humour, a real insight into the psychology of terror in the USSR and a superb grasp of the bibliographic and historical record. I'm sure I will return to this book many times. Excellently performed in this audio book rendering too. Highly recommended.
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- Nick Drew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-01-2016
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks