Fiercely patriotic, and the wife of a Jew, Janine had always been outspoken in her condemnation of the Nazis. Abwehr intelligence officer Günter Mai judged her the unlikeliest of recruits for his network of informants, resistant to all the usual triggers...until the Gestapo's reign of terror intensified, and her children were rounded up for deportation.
This is a powerful tale of conscience and betrayal, as shocking as it is moving. It poses uncomfortable questions about the priorities of personal and national loyalty in a time of war.
©1987 Reginald Hill; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
"The best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world." (Andrew Taylor)
Reginald Hill twists and twines his story threads so smoothly. Set mainly in Paris during WWII, this is a compassionate look at collaboration in all its shades of grey. Despite being an examination of personal versus national responsibilities, this is a 'cracking good yarn' with wonderful characters and an exciting plot. I found it hard to put down. The narration really added depth to the characters. The narrator used regional accents to give subtlety to the 'station' and 'power' of certain characters. The regional accents were British and not every listener will be familiar with these, but it's worth getting to know them as they will add to your range of aural understanding.
Complicated characters and French names made this book a challenge for me but persistence shed light on at part of WWII that I know so little about ??? Occupied France and the French Resistant. All questions of quilt/innocence are complicated and Reginald Hill knits the plot brilliantly.
Great listen but I listened to it twice before I understood who was doing what to whom. Worth it !!!
Reginald Hill is a treasure ... beautifully written and wonderfully told.
would highly recommend to anyone interested in this time period.
Hill proves he was more than just a mystery writer, but a historian as well.
the narrator is one of the best in the business
The book is narrated by a British man with a heavy British accent. Unlike many other good audiobooks, the narrator doesn't bother trying to do accents that fit the nationality they are reading (French, German, etc) but just reads with different British accents. Also, the book itself is about an incredibly dense wife who is hopelessly ignorant to the ways of the world. The book is a giant cliche, and unfortunately isn't that interesting.
I had only listened to Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels until now. It was an exellent listen tI couldn't stop listening too. There was a small amount of mystery in it, life in Paris under the Nazi's and what one women had to do to protect her family
I chose this book as I am an ardent Dalziel & Pascoe Fan. I was a bit nervous that writing about a subject so different to the police duo might be disappointing. But I loved the book. The story was engrossing and I listened to it constantly and if you are interested in Second World War Stories, this is definitely the book for you.
Reginald Hill amazes me in the diversity of his subject matter. The Dalziel and Pascoe stories are great and then I listened to the Wood cutter which I loved again, totally different from D&P, so I thought I'd give the Collaboraters a go.
It was just as good, so different. It is a really well balanced representation of the French occupation by the Germans. It has good and bad on both sides. It has German officers behaving decently as well as vile SS officers. It has good and bad French resistance. The story is sad but simple. It really got me involved and you genuinely could relate to all the characters.
The narrator has to be commended, brilliant.
One of his voices made me smile, she sounded just like Dick Emery's spinster.
One of the best listens I've had so far.
"Excellent drama, billiantly written and narated"
Powerful and moving drama, Excellent in approach and although perhaps not a true reflection on events in Paris but elements of this storyline definitely happened throughout occupied Europe
"Not Reg's best work"
Enjoyable in parts but the main female character was, IMO, badly written with unrealistic responses. She was portrayed in a confusing manner. The book has some good characters as one might expect from this excellent author. Narration was excellent
"story line looked good but overall disappointed"
no where near as good as the wood cutter,never got me hooked but good narrator
Disapointed by the extreme bad language. Listened to the first fifteen minutes only. Some system to warn those of us who consider bad language as lack of respect for others. Complete waste of money.
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