• The Road Between Us

  • By: Nigel Farndale
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-12-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (34 ratings)

Summary

June 1939. In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. One is court-martialled for "conduct unbecoming"; the other is deported home to Germany for "re-education" in a brutal labour camp. They must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences.
April 2012. A British diplomat, held hostage in an Afghan cave for eleven harrowing years, is unexpectedly freed. He returns to London to find his wife is dead. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are tormenting him. Was his wife's death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how is his release linked to what his father did in the Second World War?
©2013 Nigel Farndale (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By the typist on 04-01-14

Thrillingly beautiful, but...

Would you try another book written by Nigel Farndale or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

Absolutely. Nigel Farndale is a first class writer and the narration was excellent.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending ruined my entire reading experience. After building up an achingly beautiful romance between two men during WWII it felt like the writer had chickened out of an EM Forster style happy ending and instead plumped for schlocky twists and turns and a woefully unbelievable, inappropriate and borderline offensive finish. The writer is clearly not a gay man as two of his protagonists turned bisexual in the last couple of chapters. Nevermind that they'd spent 5 years and an entire war waiting for each other. Utter tosh!

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Brilliant.

Do you think The Road Between Us needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Goodness me no, the last two chapters need re-writing however.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 25-07-16

Captivating

A beautifully written novel. The subject matter is sometimes brutal, sometimes filled with anguish, but written with such an engaging sensitivity, that draws you in and holds you tight.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 28-03-14

simply excellent on all levels

Would you consider the audio edition of The Road Between Us to be better than the print version?

I simply can't say, being a biblio-vore my preferred method of any book is that of being read to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As the story developed I had more than one favourite character as the novel offered the reader a plethora of values with which the reader could align or identify him or herself with.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to several of Jonathan Keeble's narrations as he is one of my favourite readers but he simply excelled in his faultless narration of this wonderful book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

indeed I did just that very thing as I couldn't stop listening..... and I was sad when the book ended a sure way of judging a personal winner

Any additional comments?

For anyone who loves a well developed story-line coupled with faultlessly researched details then Nigel Farndale is the writer for you. Farndale also manages to present the reader / listeners with their personal inner dialogues concerning value judgements. I actually sent an email via this writers web page in praise of his writing.

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