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  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • By: Louis de Bernieres
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous - and a consummate musician. When the local doctor's daughter's letters to her fiancé go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding experience

  • By Nicky Webber on 22-06-2017

Brilliant and Harrowing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-2018

A fantastic book, definitely worth the read. Equally sad compelling. Masterful snapshot of a life.

  • Beware of Pity

  • By: Stefan Zweig
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

In the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a young cavalry officer is invited to a dance at the home of a rich landowner. There - with a small act of attempted charity - he commits a simple faux pas. But from this seemingly insignificant blunder comes a tale of catastrophe arising from kindness and of honour poisoned by self-regard. Beware of Pity has all the intensity and the formidable sense of torment and of character of the very best of Zweig's work. Definitive translation by the award-winning Anthea Bell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and Moving

  • By Anonymous User on 10-05-2018

Brilliant and Moving

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-2018

A very powerful book - perhaps the most moving and captivating book I have ever read - Beware of Pity explores a complex moral dilemma. It simultaneously gives a glimpse into the lost world of Austria-Hungary and the torments of unrequited desire.

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

  • By: Erich Maria Remarque
  • Narrated by: Tom Lawrence
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

The story is told by a young 'unknown soldier' in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. Through his eyes we see all the realities of war; under fire, on patrol, waiting in the trenches, at home on leave, and in hospitals and dressing stations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harrowing

  • By Anonymous User on 03-04-2018

Harrowing

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-2018

Fantastic book, captivating to the last chapter. Thought provoking and tragic.
Definitely worth the read.

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