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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 2 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Feb. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003GVDO6C
The Cunning Man
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It is full of the usual intelligence, humour and fascinating story telling.
If you like any you will like this and if you don't know Robertson Davies then go out and buy as many as you can lay your hands on.
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I have only started to read it but book looks promising great and engaging.Published 10 months ago by Livia Papp