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The Guardian of Lies

Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from the internationally best-selling author of The Survivors.

1953, the South of France. The fragile peace between the West and Soviet Russia hangs on a knife edge. And one family has been torn apart by secrets and conflicting allegiances.

Eloïse Caussade is a courageous young Frenchwoman, raised on a bull farm near Arles in the Camargue. She idolises her older brother, André, and when he leaves to become an Intelligence Officer working for the CIA in Paris to help protect France, she soon follows him. Having exchanged the strict confines of her father's farm for a life of freedom in Paris, her world comes alive. 

But everything changes when André is injured - a direct result of Eloise's actions. Unable to work, André returns to his father’s farm, but Eloïse’s sense of guilt and responsibility for his injuries sets her on the trail of the person who attempted to kill him.

Eloïse finds her hometown in a state of unrest and conflict. Those who are angry at the construction of the American airbase nearby, with its lethal nuclear armaments, confront those who support it, and anger flares into violence, stirred up by Soviet agents. Throughout all this unrest, Eloïse is still relentlessly hunting down the man who betrayed her brother and his country, and she is learning to look at those she loves and at herself with different eyes. She no longer knows whom she can trust. Who is working for Soviet Intelligence and who is not? And what side do her own family lie on?

©2019 Kate Furnivall (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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  • Kerry Kastl
  • 24-08-2019

l love this author.

I have read every book Kate Furnival has written. Her characters come to life. The stories are so well written and the imagery of her words paint such graphic images. the only problem is it takes so long for a new book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-2020

awesome narrator!

the story itself was okay. the narrator was amazing! would have stopped listening if it had not been for the narrator.

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  • Coreen Raterman
  • 05-04-2020

A long flat story

I’m about 9 hours into this book only because I have forced myself to listen to it - just to be done with it really. I read “The Betrayal “ and thought it was not bad , but this is just too boring. I love the way Imogen Church performs books but even she can’t save this one. Save your points.

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  • tonydinardo@earthlink.net
  • 17-09-2019

Much ado about nothing

Either we don't understand French history post WW II or it was too fantastic. The CIA really didn't interfere with French party development, did it? Too unbelievable for me. Story was so-so. Nothing gripping actually happens until the end: rather like Hamlet -- but not as good.

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  • Graham Sloper
  • 15-09-2019

Really poor story with dreadful narration

Note to self- always listen to the excerpt before buying a book! I found the narration of this book so dreadful that I had to give up listening. The point of narration is to convey the words to the reader, not to go through the book as if you are auditioning for RADA. The best narrators are ones you hardly notice, but Imogen Church's exaggerated speech really grated with me. I might have persevered (it's unusual for me not to finish an audio book) but the story just seemed quite bonkers, full of stereotypical characters and an implausible story line. No more Kate Furnival for me I'm afraid and definitely nothing narrated by Imogen Church! However the only other reviewer gave it straight 5's so what do I know!

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  • R Griffiths
  • 02-10-2019

Mixed feelings

Kate Furniall is a great story teller and while I enjoyed this overall I didn't feel it met her usual standard. The story started well but dragged and lost impetus in the middle. The two main characters were well established but many others were not defined clearly enough and I found myself forgetting who they were. There were many great moments of suspense but these were not developed and lost impact. The narrator's voice was clear but she tended to over dramatise which became irritating by mid book. And I wanted to scream at the never ending repetition of "Paree" The book is written in Englsh so why does Paris have to be pronounced "Paree" literally every few minutes - and I do mean every few minutes. The main character is for ever being told to go back to "Paree" or reminding us that in "Paree" she did or heard xyz!! At one point I did actually yell at my tablet to tell her to go to Marseilles or Tours or Wigan, any where but Paree! Do books not have editors any more? Good editing would have corrected this annoying repetition which really mars the book. I also found some of the animal content distressing and over done. I am sure the author felt this important to the story but for me it was too much. The feelings of danger to the family could have been aroused in other ways or at least handled more sensitively. Animal lovers beware, parts of this story are nasty. Despite all this I did finish the book but did not enjoy it as much as the author's earler works.