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The Spoilt City

Narrated by: Harriet Walter
Series: The Balkan Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
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It is 1940, and Guy and Harriet Pringle and their friends in the English colony in Bucharest find their position growing ever more precarious. The phony war is over and invasion by the Germans is an ever-present threat...

This is the second part of The Balkan Trilogy, which began with The Great Fortune and concludes with Friends and Heroes.

©1962 The Estate of Olivia Manning (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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  • Frances
  • 03-09-2016

Best reading and narration in a long time.

Recently recommended by Alan Furst at the SFJCC, this is #2 in the trilogy. Every second is packed with detail and conveys the terror of the situation. Looking forward to #3.

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  • Cassandra
  • 06-12-2019

Uneven story but truly interesting listen

Beautifully narrated by Harriet Walter, this is the second book in Manning’s Balkan Trilogy. I didn’t feel it was as strong as the Fortunes of War - the first novel in the sequence - there’s quite a lot of telling rather than showing and it’s weakened in places by unexpected shifts in narrative perspective that seem to be there simply to keep narrative moving rather than give deeper insights into character. However, the gorgeous scene setting is still there, and it provides a thought provoking insight into the human cost of political turbulence and upheaval that has contemporary resonances. I will be listening to the third novel.

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  • Silvine
  • 09-03-2018

Top quality story of Brits in wartime Europe

I loved it. Felt totally immersed in that period. Characters are utterly believable and fascinating.