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The Four Feathers | [A. E. W. Mason]

The Four Feathers

Just before his regiment sails off to war in the Sudan, British officer Harry Feversham quits the military. He is immediately given four white feathers as symbols of cowardice, one by each of his three best friends and one by his fiancée. To disprove this grave dishonor, Harry dons an Arabian disguise and leaves for the Sudan, where he anonymously comes to the aid of his three friends, saving each of their lives. Having proven his bravery, Harry returns to England, hoping to regain the love and respect of his fiancée.
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Publisher's Summary

Just before his regiment sails off to war in the Sudan, British officer Harry Feversham quits the military. He is immediately given four white feathers as symbols of cowardice, one by each of his three best friends and one by his fiancée.

To disprove this grave dishonor, Harry dons an Arabian disguise and leaves for the Sudan, where he anonymously comes to the aid of his three friends, saving each of their lives. Having proven his bravery, Harry returns to England, hoping to regain the love and respect of his fiancée.

This suspenseful tale movingly depicts a distinctive code of honor that was deeply valued and strongly promoted by the British during the height of their imperial power.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Kappavpi 07-05-04
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    "Deep Realistic Story Masterfully Read"

    This story is a Victorian Era classic and was published just a year after the passing of that monarch. The story is very realistic, very deep, and keeps you on the edge of suspense. The reader is perfect for the story, not only because of his British accent but his professional reading and differentiation of voices that make your forget that it is one man reading. The story will not disappoint you.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Claire H. San Francisco 05-09-05
    Claire H. San Francisco 05-09-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "So good!"

    Beautiful novel - I had heard this was so much better than the movie, but it far exceeded my expectations. Elegant, but accessible literature. The characters are by far more of the focus than the war. Especially good as an audiobook, which is helped by the great reader.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 07-06-11
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 07-06-11
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    "movie 1939"

    I saw the movie about 1948-9, again in 1979 it was and remains one of my favortites. The book was a shock in that it bore absolutely no relationship to the movie except the characters had the same names and the plot in parts had a simiilar theme, notwithstanding; the use of the language is superb as is the narration.It will remain one of my favorite books

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    jeremy mariposa, CA, United States 11-17-10
    jeremy mariposa, CA, United States 11-17-10
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    "FANTASTIC!!!!!"

    Great story, brillliant writing, read by one of the best narrators in the audio book world I give it my highest rating.

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    Michael Sydney, Australia 10-03-13
    Michael Sydney, Australia 10-03-13 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Surprising good and real"

    Okay the language is a little flowery for my liking. Ralph Cosham accent is interesting and adequate. The story could move faster, but I am glad it didn't as it is a book about feelings, ideas, the desert, atonement and honour. These things don't come in 'Boys Own Adventures' and action packed novels and definitely without time to fester. If you die-sect this book you might see the 'Heroes Journey' or basic success through determination but it is more than that. Much of the story is through conversations and the characters thoughts. Much of the story moves not around the central character, Harry but through his love interest and close friends.The book is so much better than any of the movies. Worth the listen to over a summer holiday in your favourite armchair.

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-23-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "History changes as the facts remain the same."

    This story remains strong although it's a older book. There have been numerous movies of it, which have taken completely different stances about what war is, accomplishes, does and cannot do. But it is still compelling and compellingly told.

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    Joseph Yarmouth, ME, United States 03-12-12
    Joseph Yarmouth, ME, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Well written and performed but tired story lines"

    Classic story telling of early 20th century with a fabulous performance by Ralph Cosham. The reason for receiving that the main character received the four feathers would be absolutely ludicrous in today's world but seems even a stretch for the end of the Victorian age as well. Too bad the story gets old, and older, and older.

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    Lyn NEW ULM, MN, United States 01-01-12
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    "Loved"

    I read the story several years ago and then say the movie. Obviously I was disappointed with the movie. Recently saw the movie again and decided to read the book again. What a great book, I love the reader, have listened to him with other books, he is wonderful. I encourage ALL to read or listen to this book.

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    Mark Gernantown, TN, United States 05-14-05
    Mark Gernantown, TN, United States 05-14-05 Member Since 2005
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    A great story well read.

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    Highly recommended book. A lovely story of redemption, with the hero coming through for the good of the friends who spurned him. A classic adventure in similar vein to 'Beau Geste' that is excellently narrated.

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