Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.
Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears his grandparents' life story for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of the people who were forced to leave. Should he become their next custodian and make this city his home?
©2011 Victoria Hislop (P)2011 Headline Digital
Historical, romantic, well-told
That it was a historical novel and that it was set in a city I knew nothing about. The city itself almost became a character in the book. I also loved the characters in the book and the descripitions of their relatinships to each other.
I have not listened to any of her other performance's, but I liked her as a narrator in this book.
Katerina, because of her importance in the story. But a lot of the other characters were also good. I especially liked Katerina's foster mother.
I really enjoyed this story,so well written I couldn't put this down. Finished it in two days. Would definately recommend this book and Victoria Hislop is one of my favourite authors,can't wait for her next book. Only negative comment I have is the pronounciation of some of the Greek names and places were not too authentic but didn't take away the magic of this story. Loved it !!
One of the best books I have listened to. Beautifully written and it transports the listener into the lives of the characters.
"Epic and moving story of love ad war"
This is a wonderful, epic story set in the historically turbulent first half of the 20th century in Greece. It spans the two World Wars with all the sorrows and uncertainty that war causes. The aftermath of which led to displacement of people who had formerly lived in happily inter-mixed racial/religious groups but following political change are moved about in a variant of ethnic cleansing. There is a lot of historical material, that I found interesting and informative, that is the backdrop to the fictional characters who bring the book to life. They seem so real that I couldn't stop listening to find out what happened to them next. It's a truly moving book carried along by the 'thread' of a love-story interrupted by war and political upheaval read by an excellent narrator.
"A thoroughly enjoyable listen"
This book gave me a very thought provoking history of 20th century Thessalonica, with its traumas,natural and political, while involving me in a very moving story of a refugee family. It was carefully researched and well written. I did however find the poor pronunciatian of Greek names and places very irritating.
"Gripping historical story"
Victoria Hislop must spend a lot of time researching her background even before she starts writing. She has a wonderful way of getting across the background of an area without boring. I loved this book; as an embroiderer myself I was able to relate to Katarina and her life and was mesmerised by the swap over of Greeks and Turks and then the removal of Jews from Greece. I had no idea Thessaloniki had such a tragic history. Very highly recommended.
"I Loved it"
Another superb book by Victoria Hislop in which one not only becomes deeply involved with the characters but learns so much history. I love her books but my favourite is The Island.
"Two dimensional characters saved by historical interest"
I wouldn't recommend this book unless someone were looking for a light weight read. However someone did recommend this book to me as exceedingly good which goes to show how different everybody's tastes are.
I would avoid Duncans performances in the future. Although not completely terrible, have always lacked intonation and the ability to convey emotion such as excitement or anger. The story is littered with her delivering completely flat emotionless dialogue, which are immediately followed with her saying 'he wailed / exclaimed in alarm' etc.
The Thread is worth listening purely out of historical interest. If you know nothing about the modern history of Greece, you'll be fascinated and appalled by the goings on of the last hundred years. However for a book that is essentially plotless and just follows the lives of a few of the Thessaloniki's inhabitants, the characters are extremely two dimensional and lack any depth or complexity.
"Made me cry!"
For two reasons:
1) the beginning confused me and when I got to the end I wanted to listen to the start again to make sense of it all
2) it was a good book
Very few books make me cry, this one did. It took some time to get into it, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down.
"Fantastic Holiday read"
feelgood history lesson
The characters are so real, you forget you are reading fiction
she is perfect in the way she brings the story alife
This is a wonderful family saga that brings to life Greec's trubulant history. I have learned lots of new things about Greece as well as being entertained by a very skilled story teller.
This is a heavy story, deep-seated in historic events. To have the story told in the manner it is read adds to the emotion and feel of it.
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