From the New York Times best-selling author of Me Before You, a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most
France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard's portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer's dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.
Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and a battle begins for who its legitimate owner is - putting Liv's belief in what is right to the ultimate test.
Like Sarah Blake's The Postmistress and Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key, The Girl You Left Behind is a breathtaking story of love, loss, and sacrifice told with Moyes's signature ability to capture our hearts.
©2013 Jojo Moyes (P)2013 Penguin Audio
The reader's accent was hard to understand. And her decibel range was extremely bothersome, with some parts virtually inaudible while others screeched at you so you had to turn down the volume, making the next quiet part all the more inaudible.
I have they were good
Couldn't understand the french accent. Or rather, it took too much concentration
I liked the story line a great deal. It kept my attention. This was a new take on an old topic. My only complaint was the tone of voice used by the woman reading the part of Sophie bi found her voice rather irritating. Her German male voice was very loud and screeching and her voice for several of the female characters was rather soft. This combination made it difficult to listen to as I found myself needed to frequently adjust the volume.
I have enjoyed other audiobooks by this author, but found the choice to go with a bad French accent for the whole book to be extraordinarily annoying. I was listening on a road trip and had to stop after a half hour and buy another audiobook.
The reader was spectacular. So fun to listen to the accents.
The accents give you 'place.' You HAVE to love Sophie and ___________. Simply hearing their voice makes you vested. Excellently read!
throughout. just a wonderful journey.
I really enjoyed this book. It had well developed characters, moving ethical dilemmas and reasonable resolutions. The story was engrossing. Initially I was jarred when time/voice changed but I found it actually refreshing. I loved the wrap-up. I totally recommend this book. There is a bit of language but it isn't any more than you'd hear at a sporting event--mostly just expletives.
I have read JoJo Moyes books and this one was recommended to read. I decided to listen instead and that was the best decision! The narrator definitely made the book for me. She was amazing and brought the characters to life. The book is wonderful, JoJo is a tremendous writer, however listening to this one made it one hundred percent more enjoyable. The characters emotions were so well portrayed I felt like I was right there with them. I highly recommend listening to this one. I am definitely a book in the hand person however I could not stop listening to this one.
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