The Separation

  • by Christopher Priest
  • Narrated by Joe Jameson
  • 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Separation is the story of twin brothers, rowers in the 1936 Olympics (where they met Hess, Hitler's deputy). One joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill's aide-de-camp. His twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London. But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: This is an alternate history. The two brothers - both called J.L. Sawyer - live their lives in alternate versions of reality.
In one, the Second World War ends as we imagine it did; in the other, thanks to efforts of an eminent team of negotiators headed by Hess, the war ends in 1941. The Separation is an emotionally riveting story of how the small man can make a difference; it's a savage critique of Winston Churchill, the man credited as the saviour of Britain and the Western World; and it's a story of how one perceives and shapes the past.

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One for the fans

A brilliant idea - twins in alternate histories. I feel this is one that would be better on the page than the spoken word as, at times, it was very confusing. But maybe that was the intention. Christopher Priest is a genius story-teller, his writing is flawless, but sometimes the journeys he takes you on lead you right back to where you started, with all the questions and mysteries still unanswered.

But...I did enjoy the journey!
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- Jenny

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios