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The Thread | [Victoria Hislop]

The Thread

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.
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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

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    Hilde-Gunn AULI, Norway 07-15-12
    Hilde-Gunn AULI, Norway 07-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up The Thread in three words, what would they be?

    Historical, romantic, well-told


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of her other performance's, but I liked her as a narrator in this book.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Thread and why?

    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.


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  • Irene
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom
    12/2/11
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    "Brilliant Story"

    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 !!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    7/21/12
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ja Boucher
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    7/31/12
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    "The Thread"

    One of the best books I have listened to. Beautifully written and it transports the listener into the lives of the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jeannette
    larnaca, Cyprus
    2/28/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Near Abingdon, United Kingdom
    2/20/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandra Moran
    3/6/15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Really enjoyed it! Was attracted to it from reading the island another book by Victoria Hislop some time ago and pleased I downloaded it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • opinionated
    4/3/14
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    "compelling"
    Where does The Thread rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Set in Thessaloniki in northern Greece this book paints a vivid picture of life for the resident of the city during a very turbulent time in its history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the people and the location also the historical background


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    8/30/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Malvik
    london, uk
    8/5/13
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    "Made me cry!"
    Would you listen to The Thread again? Why?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bernice
    United Kingdom
    7/24/15
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    "Wonderful!!"

    A lovely, lovely story and beautifully narrated!

    This is as good as The Island, the most well known book by Victoria Hislop. This story is also set in Greece and narrated by Sandra Duncan. Her narration is so fitting to the story, her voice wonderfully melodic.

    This audiobook comes highly recommended. I loved it and will ensure that I listen to all Victoria Hislop's audiobooks.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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