The Sunrise

  • by Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by Carole Boyd
  • 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The new novel from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy best-selling author of The Island, The Thread, and The Return.
In the summer of 1972, Famagusta, in Cyprus, is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's façade of glamour and success, tension is building.
When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.


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Customer Reviews

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I have read all Victoria Hislops novels and enjoyed them all, part from the short stories.
This one I felt was well behind the others. I kept waiting for the story to become really interesting, but it didn't. It was enjoyable enough to keep listening, but only just. Compared to the The Last Dance, the Thread et al. It was much weaker than her other books.
The narration was also not as good and it seemed that the narrator didn't relax until the last third of the book. Poor ending also. Disappointing.
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- Ms

A little disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend. I had pre ordered it as I enjoyed The Island by Victoria Hislop but it did not live up to my expectations. Frankly, I found it a little boring. I didn't engage with the characters and didn't care much what happened to them.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was a part of recent history about which I was mostly ignorant so it was interesting to learn about what happened within my lifetime. I found the characters the least interesting.

What three words best describe Carole Boyd’s performance?

Monotonous, soothing, lacklustre

Do you think The Sunrise needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't bother reading a follow up.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion although significant events were described, I just found the book somewhat boring and in the final parts I was looking forward to finishing it just so I could start a different Audible book.

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- Heidi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-09-2014
  • Publisher: Headline Digital