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Liberation Square

Narrated by: Nicola Walker, Gareth Rubin
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Liberation Day written by Gareth Rubin, read by Nicola Walker and Gareth Rubin. 

1952. Soviet troops control British streets.

After the disastrous failure of D-Day, Britain is occupied by Nazi Germany and rescued only by Russian soldiers arriving from the east and Americans from the west. The two superpowers divide the nation between them, a wall running through London like a scar.   

When Jane Cawson calls in to her husband's medical practice and detects the perfume worn by his former wife, Lorelei, star of propaganda films for the new Marxist regime, she fears what is between them. But when Jane rushes to confront them, she finds herself instead caught up in the glamorous actress' death.  

Nick is soon arrested for murder. Desperate to clear his name, Jane must risk the attention of the brutal secret police as she follows a trail of corruption right to the highest levels of the state.   

And she might find she never really knew her husband at all.

©2019 Gareth Rubin (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Simon
  • 24-04-2019

Well Realised Alternate History Thriller!

Liberation Square transports us to an alternate-history London. Imagine if D-Day had been a disaster and the Russians had swooped to conquer Europe all the way up to about London with the US just about clinging on to the rest of the UK! The Berlin Wall was actually the London Wall. Rubin does this really well presenting a genuine depth to his scenario with lots of neat touches about how it might have turned out for both the ordinary person on the street as well as some of the major political players of the day. These details give a very strong feel for how life might have turned out.

The story itself is a very nicely plotted thriller that weaves in and out of that lovely background in extremely neat ways. So, you aren't going to follow this alternate history towards any kind of conclusion but rather see one drama play out within it. The characters are well-drawn and the paranoia of such times is captured in fine detail.

The narration, Rubin sensibly gave the vast majority of it to the smooth and talented Nicola Walker while he came in occasionally to provide quotes in a Churchillian rumble which worked well.

All in all, this is very enjoyable and I would actually love to see more stories set in this alternate world that Rubin has concocted for us!

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  • The Curator
  • 09-05-2019

A bit of a dog’s dinner

I did want to like this book more. It’s an interesting premise and I love Nicola Walker but it was just messy with so many subplots that I just ran out of willingly-suspended disbelief!
Also, I’m sorry but having the author read the announcements was an indulgence that just felt a bit jarring alongside the professional narration.

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  • Mrs O’D
  • 01-05-2019

Such a disappointment

A clever concept which is well worked in other books, but a huge let down here. Poorly developed, cliched characters; and a disjointed, meandering storyline. The main protagonist is deeply irritating. Nicola Walker did a fine job with what she had.

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