The Betrayal Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Enthralling. Emotionally gripping . . . ordinary people struggling against a city's beautiful indifference, and clinging on for dear life (Daily Telegraph)
Beautifully crafted, gripping, moving, enlightening. Sure to be one of the best historical novels of the year (Time Out)
Scrupulous, pitch-perfect. With heart-pounding force, Dunmore builds up a double narrative of suspense (Sunday Times)
Magnificent, brave, tender . . . with a unique gift for immersing the reader in the taste, smell and fear of a story (Independent on Sunday)
A masterpiece. An extraordinarily powerful evocation of a time of unimaginable fear. We defy you to read it without a pounding heart and a lump in your throat (Grazia)
A beautifully written and deeply moving story about fear, loss, love and honesty amid the demented lies of Stalin's last days. I literally could not put it down (Antony Beevor)
Dunmore chillingly evokes the atmosphere of Soviet suspicion, where whispered rumours and petty grievances metastasise into lies and denunciation. A gripping read (Daily Mail)
Meticulous, clever, eloquent. An absorbing and thoughtful tale of good people in hard times (Guardian)
A remarkably feeling, nuanced novel that satisfies the head as well as the heart. This does not read like a retelling of history, but like a draught of real life. With her seemingly small canvas, Dunmore has created a universe (Sunday Herald)
Dunmore's genius lies in her ability to convey the strange Soviet atmosphere of these very Soviet stories using the most subtle of clues (Spectator)
Storytelling on a grand scale (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Helen Dunmore has published eleven novels with Penguin: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; Burning Bright; A Spell of Winter, which won the Orange Prize; Talking to the Dead; Your Blue-Eyed Boy; With Your Crooked Heart; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; Mourning Ruby; House of Orphans; Counting the Stars and The Betrayal which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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on 26 September 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Betrayal by Helen Dunmore is a vivid account of ordinary life in Stalin's post war Russia when the prospect of being seen to contravening the regime in any way could bring dire consequences. the day-today lives of Andrei and anna (the central characters) and all their associates also governed by fear and anxiety, lest any word or deed be interpreted as being contrary to Stalin's ministry of State. Having survived the horrors of the siege of Leningrad, the young couple struggle to make sense of their post war existence of living in fear. This book was like looking through a window at an alarming world so wasn't a light read - subject wise it is appalling, well written and well researched subject matter makes. The very nature of the period is gloomy so hesitant to recommend as a good read.
on 27 August 2017
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
An exceptional book. I love Helen Dunmore's stories and have read all of them. I am sad she is no longer with us, she was a wonderful writer.
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The Betrayal is set in post-war Leningrad. Things are hard but the city is recovering after years of hardship. Anna is a teacher and her husband Andrei works as a doctor.Read more
Good insight into life under Stalin. A tense and exciting read .