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Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
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By the Costa Award-winning author of Pure, a stunning historical novel with the grip of a thriller, written in richly evocative, luminous prose. 

One rain-swept February night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain. 

Gradually Lacroix recovers his health but not his peace of mind - he cannot talk about the war or face the memory of what happened in a village on the gruelling retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he sets out instead for the Hebrides, with the vague intent of reviving his musical interests and collecting local folk songs. 

Lacroix sails north incognito, unaware that he has far worse to fear than being dragged back to the army: a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer are on his trail, with orders to kill. The haven he finds on a remote island with a family of freethinkers and the sister he falls for are not safe at all.

©2018 Andrew Miller (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • movie moghul
  • 08-09-2018

patchy and contrived.

I always look forward to a new Andrew Miller novel, but this one is really weak, particularly the ending which just comes out of the blue for no relevant reason.,It’s as if the author just ran out of ideas. The book commences with an intriguing idea. The officer held responsible for a British Mai Lai style massacre in Spain during the peninsula wars against Napoleon, must be found and killed. It’s a matter of honour. There are some gripping chapters but they’re few and far between. The story is just too predictable with few surprises. Some judicious editing could have improved the flow, by losing several,contrived and irrelevant chapters. But in the end the real issue is the one dimensional portrayal of the characters. there’s just not enough to make you care about them, coupled with padded out over descriptive situations which appear very clumsy on an audio book. This is not an Andrew Miller book i would recommend to a novice.

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  • Cristina Carvalho Lier Laursen
  • 28-06-2020

Very clichê

The book is full of cliches, plot flows, poor structure and too long ... incredibly disappointing

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  • Ms AC Blundy-Mortimer
  • 20-12-2019

An Agony of Tedium

Maundering, melancholic, plotless, pointless droning from a half deaf narrator, meaning that he asked everyone who spoke to repeat themselves. The whole text is peppered with pointless questions ("I heard something, or did I, or was it more a movement than a sound, or perhaps a memory?") and dreary descriptions of nothing. Humourless, empty characters, endless wrong turns so that the reader meets a person or place in great detail though it/she/he never reappears. Just a frustrating, painful attempt at being literary, completely misunderstanding that the greatest literature is gripping and packed full of wonderful characters. Have rarely been as bored or as irritated by anything. Empty and desperate. Sold as a great historical novel but contained pretty much no evocation of time or place.

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  • Stephanie
  • 05-10-2019

what happened in the end?

loved this story and the narration was great. very unusual settings. the eye hospital.bit dragged a bit, but after all that the stoical and visionary Emily went through I wanted to.be assured of a happy ending. was John never to find out what happened to the faithful Nell, whose ministrations to him were so lovingly described in Chapter one?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-07-2019

Unrewarding

Found this an rewarding listen/read. The book's narrative (not the reader) is slow. Lost patience increasingly, then to endure an ending as depressing as it was abrupt. Left thinking 'is that what over 400 pages were for?' The paper book is now waiting for the charity shop, the audio book I will return.

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  • Vivien Strickland
  • 23-07-2019

I couldn't finish this at all

This headed the best seller list the other week but didn't do it for me.

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  • CarolynK
  • 19-04-2019

A superlative experience

Normal life must be put on hold until you have finished listening to this extraordinary book.

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  • S. Jonas
  • 12-09-2018

Tedious

I’m sure someone will enjoy this, but not me. Despite being booker listed, and being recommended, this was slow and turgid. I like historical fiction, but this felt really exposition heavy and I didn’t care about the characters enough to stick with it.

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