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Three Hours

Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Three hours to save the people you love.

A Top 10 Sunday Times best seller. 

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning's lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

In rural Somerset, in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. From the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering, desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

©2020 Rosamund Lupton (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A brilliant literary thriller...moving, masterly, flawlessly orchestrated." (Sunday Times)

"Three Hours intersperses scenes of breath-sucking tension with stirring meditations on human nature.... The message Lupton's novel delivers is that only love can save us." (Sara Collins, Guardian)

"This could so easily be a story which spotlights evil and terror. Instead, it deftly weaves a message of courage, love and redemption, and Whelan's performance is absolutely electrifying." (Stylist)

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Disturbing but enthralling

I was captivated by the story, getting right inside the different characters perspectives was a tremendous way to build tension and bring the situation to life.
This would appeal to a wide adult audience although those with young kids may find it distressing.
Well written, easy to listen to and I loved the narrator. Once I started I listened right through to the end in one day!! I would love to hear more from Rosamund Lupton.

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Superb!!

Just brilliant!! Great pace, plenty of raw emotion and detail without being overdone. Loved the characters and the suspense!

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  • Chris White
  • 12-01-2020

Gut wrenching, heartbreaking, wonderful.

An astonishing book, beautiful, elegant, terrifying and uplifting. Read in two sittings interrupted only by the need to sleep. The story moves through three incredible hours in the lives of teachers and children, police officers and parents as a terrorist incident unfolds in their school. I remember exactly where I was the moment I heard about the shootings at Dunblane school a few miles from my home, giving the story a terrible resonance... but this is also a story about love and courage and it’s not to be missed. I heartily recommend this amazing piece of writing and the narrator who brings, pace, conviction and compassion to a story I wanted to be over. Yet I feared the end and inevitable tragedy likely hurtling towards the fragile lives in this very contemporary dilemma.

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  • Whitelady
  • 16-02-2020

Spoilt by stilted narration

At times this felt more like an exercise in showing off the extent of the authors research than a story I could engage with, however I think this was due to the extremely stilted and often too dispassionate narration. Lovely, if implausible, pulling together of themes in the last third, which was genuinely moving.

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  • Cabaspre
  • 23-01-2020

Very good story spoilt by narration

This was a tense story from many angles. The title was apt as one felt the urgency and push of the tale. Strangely from Part 2 I noticed a change in the style of the narration. I had assumed the robotic quality of the narrator was to portray the police reporting but it carried on. However, the story was so good that I tried to ignore this and carried on. I am glad I did.

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  • AmyJackson
  • 30-03-2020

Fantastic! Couldn't stop listening.

this is a very original, pacey thriller with great characters. well narrated. highly recommend a listen!

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  • ptipper
  • 25-03-2020

Incredible - an utterly compelling story

I'm honestly lost for words to describe how good this book is. An utterly compelling thriller from beginning to end, but so much more than a thriller, Lipton has created a profound and moving reflection on culture, contemporary society and human values. Excellent narration by Gemma Whelan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-2020

OUTSTANDING

Love is the most powerful thing
An incredible story of love, evil, bravery & cowardice.
I urge you to listen to this. Best book I've listened to in a very long time, and I get through an awful lot of books. First review I've ever left as well.

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  • Suzanne
  • 15-03-2020

Truly gripping

A brilliant book - full of suspense and emotion, and it really makes you think about the world we live in. Very well read. Strongly recommend it!

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  • CE Holborn
  • 10-03-2020

great read

really enjoyed getting to know the characters. I like the way the book is written and the dynamics in the theatre playing out against the situation. great read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-2020

Brilliant

Fast paced, brilliant book, lots of interesting characters, very emotional and addictive, finished it in 2 days.

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  • Fitzy
  • 03-03-2020

Great listen

One of the Best regards audiobooks I have listened. It had everything suspense, compassion, hatred & most importantly love. Recommended.

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