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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Frozen Lake comes an enthralling novel of love, betrayal, and idealism as three very different young women go up to Oxford in the years immediately before World War Two.

Vee - the clergyman’s daughter. Boyish, alluring, she plans to use her time at Oxford to put right everything that went wrong in her loveless childhood. Her friendship with Alfred introduces her to politics and the subversive attractions of secret societies; it will lead to her career as a secret agent, but at what cost to old loyalties and her true feelings?

Claudia, radiant, intense, aristocratic, is equally drawn to the secret society and one member in particular; his dazzling influence will see her travel to Berlin and come under the spell of fascism as war looms.

And Lally, glamorous daughter of an Irish-American senator, is sceptical of the society and the arguments from both sides.

©2005 Elizabeth Edmondson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Good story

A very good story. Kept me interested to the end. Lots of twists and turns!

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Strong characters and good suspense story

Interesting story of young women in 30's Britain, and how they responded to the rise of both Fascism and communism.

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Interesting

At first I didn't like it but as it went on I found it interesting

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This is by far the worst book of Elizabeth Edmond

This was the worst book of Elizabeth Edmondson I have ever heard. It was disjointed and difficult to finish. I struggle to give it one star.

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  • Mariana
  • Walterboro, SC, USA
  • 09-11-17

cautionary note on young idealism.

Particularly relevant in today's climate, this is a cautionary tale of the ease with which young idealists can be duped by both communism and fascism with tragic consequences. this is not a mystery in the traditional sense but there is a tale of intrigue with a mysterious death that is resolved at the end.

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Voyage of TMI

If you could sum up Voyage of Innocence in three words, what would they be?

To much description

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Expected

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene of Peggy's death. This was the death of innocence for Vee

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Death of Innocence

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading a Villa in Italy, however in The Voyage of Innocence, the author left no room for the reader to fill in the blanks. When I am reading, I like an author to give me a brief description of a scene and let me use my imagination to fill in the blanks. There was no chance in this book. Most scenes were over described. There were echos of Trollope in her style. However, Trollope almost goes too far, but he manages to stop. This being said, I love Trollope. I would not finished the book had it not been for the narrator. SHE IS GREAT.

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  • Jane
  • 04-04-17

Really boring book

What would have made Voyage of Innocence better?

If it had been less like an advert for the communist party.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Edmondson again?

I have listened to, or read, five other books by this author and really enjoyed all of them. This book is so different it could have been written by someone else.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was good. It's a pity she had such poor material.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None.

Any additional comments?

The publishers summary of this book is very misleading. It paints a picture of a story that's interesting and exciting. Unfortunately this book is neither. Much of the book is dominated by rants of why the Government of the period is bad and communism is the only way forward. The characters are rather serious and shallow, it's difficult to like any of them. Audio books need to be entertaining and listening to this was, at times, hard work.

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  • 02-08-16

Addictive

Would you listen to Voyage of Innocence again? Why?

No - but only because I never return to books I have read before. I don't like knowing what's going to happen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lally because she is good, through and through: sensitive, kind, calm and non-judgmental.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

V's wedding to Giles.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

V's realisation that her mother only loved Daisy.

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  • David
  • 10-27-17

Hated this book and couldn't finish

I returned this book, I simply could not be drawn in to it. The narration became irritating, Vee was not a character I could bring myself to warm to or care about. Midway through the book I began to dislike her and at that point listening became arduous.
The book is set during an interesting time in our history, political upheaval and views that have now been glossed over and buried have been exposed however the storyline is weak, insipid.
This is just not my type of book however that comes down to personal choice, no I would not recommend it however if the audio clip grabs your attention do not let this review put you off.

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  • Nicki John
  • 07-11-16

Extraordinary passage of time

Loved it! Learnt so much about politics in an ever changing world pre world war 2. Women learning to stand in their power & go against the grain. Losing site of themselves in the face of their beliefs. fantastic read (listen!) & clearly very well researched.

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  • G
  • 05-09-16

Boring meandering story

Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Edmondson or narrated by Nicolette McKenzie?

Possibly, definitely one narrated by Nicolette Mckenzie

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

This was the most interesting part of the book!

Which character – as performed by Nicolette McKenzie – was your favourite?

Alfred

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I have read Villa in Italy and The Frozen lake and enjoyed both . I enjoy vintage type books but this one was so slow without getting anywhere I was tempted to leave it altogether. However, I do not like to not finish a book so persevered but I can't say it was worth it. The wrapping up in chapter 31 was the most interesting part. Nicolette Mckenzie has a lovely voice and it was down to her that I did continue with it. I couldn't really empathise with any of the characters except may be Alfred. Altogether a long winded drawn out story which got nowhere until the end.

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  • sue glason
  • 12-27-17

good

good read, good plot, enjoy this author and the narrator. second of author's books I have read

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