Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Audible Sample
Playing...
Loading...
Paused

My Dear I Wanted to Tell You Audio Download – Unabridged

4.4 out of 5 stars 435 customer reviews

See all 21 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Audio Download, Unabridged
"Please retry"
£0.00
Free with your Audible trial

Read & Listen

Switch between reading the Kindle book & listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice.
Get the Audible audiobook for the reduced price of £3.49 after you buy the Kindle book.
  • Includes this title for free
  • Choose from 200,000+ titles
  • After 30 days, Audible is £7.99/mth
  • Cancel anytime.
List Price: £12.99
You Save: £1.62 (12%)

Sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company


Product details

  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 51 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 Mar. 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SHBHKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank:

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Susannah B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Beginning in Edwardian London, Louisa Young's fourth novel focuses on Riley Purefoy, an attractive, young working-class boy, who meets the well-to-do bohemian Waveney family after a mishap in the park near to their beautiful Georgian house. Riley is taken back to the Waveney home and is soon taken under their wing, making friends with the children, Noel and Nadine, and working as an artist's model and assistant for a family friend, painter Sir Alfred Pleasant. Sir Alfred, keen to support Riley in his quest to improve himself, invites him to live in his home, allows him access to his library and pays for his education. As the years pass, Riley and Nadine become particularly close and by the time they are in their late teens, and the First World War has begun, they have fallen in love with one another. However, Nadine's mother makes it clear that Riley is not the right class for her daughter, and her objections, plus an embarrassing incident with a young artist friend, encourage a confused Riley to join up with the hopes of becoming a 'proper' man who is worthy of Nadine. In Belgium, Riley comes under the command of Captain Peter Locke, a sensitive musical man, who takes a liking to Riley and is keen to see him promoted. War at the front line, however, is worse than Riley could ever have imagined and in order to cope with the horrors he is bombarded with daily, where he "walks on corpses and breathes death" he tries to shut himself off and exist in an almost hypnotic state focusing only on what has to be done. When he writes to Nadine, who has now become a VAD nurse, to explain his feelings, she responds with warmth and understanding and when the pair meet up for three days' leave, they are keen to explore their deep and passionate feelings for one another.Read more ›
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm not one for romantic novels. I bought this as it was recommended for the realistic portrayal of Harold Gillies' pioneering maxillo-facial work in WW1. Loads of the records from Sidcup ended-up in the RADC Museum in Aldershot (since closed) where I spent any spare hours as a young Dental Officer working at Aldershot. Tonk's art-work is excellent, but probably shocking to non-professional general readers. Google with caution. Gun shot wounds and shell-fragment injuries in the trenches to the face were horrific and Gillies was working with no antibiotics, basically feeling his way in the dark.
As to the rest? Well the romantic stuff ...... 'whoosh'.... (went right over my head). There were some slightly strange 'bad sex' scenes......
The WW1 stuff was fairly accurate, not an expert but read a lot of WW1 stuff and spent a lot of time touring the battlefields - not on bus tours....Seems to fit-in with the memories my great-grandad passed on to me (have a lot of his letters, journals etc).
Ending a bit disappointing IMHO. Apparently sequels/prequels are planned/around.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this novel and was completely engrossed from the beginning. The aspect of war disfiguraction was expertly done and I felt real pathos for the character of Purefoy, a young, handsome man who loses his looks and speech. The way that the different classes experienced war was also well done: alcohol to blot out memory and the realisation for me that not all women, especially amongst the middle classes, 'did their bit' but instead kept the facade of normality going even if it resulted in personal harm. A great novel, expertly written and a reminder that In war everyone suffers - just the scars are different.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Absolutely brilliant read. The story and characters are both strong and bring a heartrending mix of fact and fiction of life just before and during World war 1 , the impact and losses on everyone whether wealthy, working classes or the enemy.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have to congratulate the author of this book for her research into the storyline and characters of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and would have and have done so recommended this book. I have even purchased the paperback version so I can get my husband to read it, and other members of the family who do not have a kindle. A must read.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book really shows the hardships the soldiers suffered and the great effort that was made by the nurses who looked after them. In all the horror love can still be found
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Good
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This is the story about two soldiers during World War 1 and the women left behind in England who love them. There are five main characters. Riley Purefoy, from a working class background, loves upper class Nadine Waverney despite her mother's disapproval. He volunteers as a soldier at the start of World War 1 - given the choice between volunteering for a year or for the duration of the war, he chooses the latter, because he doesn't want to spend an entire year in the army. His commanding officer will be Peter Locke, who has left his wife Julia and cousin Rose behind in England. While Julia pines for her husband, Rose signs up as a nurse in a hospital specialising in facial reconstructions.

The first half of the book is about the experiences that the five have adapting to the realities of war and the shifts it brings about in their relationships. In the second half, Riley suffers a serious injury which will affect all of the characters in different ways.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It did a very good job of conveying the various facets of war, the experience for those in the trenches, in the hospitals and stranded at home. There were parts that were beautifully written but at other times the choppiness of the narrative became hard to take. I didn't really feel caught up in it until the second half, when it settles down and became (for me) far more involving and moving. The ending is somewhat contrived, but also genuinely satisfying.

The characters could have been better developed. Riley and Nadine's relationship is the central thread, but too often we were told about how they felt for one another rather than feeling it. Rose is a wonderful character, but she is frequently sidelined.
Read more ›
2 Comments 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Look for similar items by category