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The Pearl Thief

Narrated by: Katy Sobey
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Severine Kassel is asked by the Louvre in 1963 to aid the British Museum with curating its antique jewellery, her speciality. Her London colleagues find her distant and mysterious, her cool beauty the topic of conversations around its quiet halls. No one could imagine that she is a desperately damaged woman, hiding her trauma behind her chic French image.  

It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the museum that Severine's poise is dashed and the tightly controlled life she's built around herself is shattered. Her shocking revelation of their provenance sets off a frenzied hunt for Nazi Ruda Mayek.  

Mossad's interest is triggered, and one of its most skilled agents comes out of retirement to join the hunt, while the one person who can help her - the solicitor handling the pearls - is bound by client confidentiality. As Severine follows Mayek's trail, there is still one lifelong secret for her to reveal - and one for her to discover.  

From the snowy woodlands outside Prague to the Tuilieries of Paris and the heather-covered moors of Yorkshire comes a confronting and heart-stopping novel that explores whether love and hope can ever overpower atrocity in a time of war and hate.

©2018 Fiona McIntosh (P)2018 Penguin Random House Australia

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-18

lovely

another amazing novel by Fiona. I just couldn't stop listening when I started. I love the true history intertwined with the fictional tale

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-18

Great book

Loved it. Well woven history and fiction.
Loved the narrator's voice change for each character.

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  • DebManning
  • 12-20-18

such a great book

I love fiction and non fiction woven together for an intriguing story read this .+++

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-18

Simply wonderful.

An impressive story, historically based, that had me riveted. Beautifully read and obviously well researched. An Aussie author that Australia should be very proud of.

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  • Jen📚
  • 11-30-18

Brilliant ... thoroughly enjoyable

This audiobook is a prime example of how a great Narrator can bring a story alive. I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-19

beautiful story exquisitely narrated

Not only is this story carefully researched and beautifully written but the narrator delivers it with such skillful dexterity I was captivated.

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  • 06-01-19

Sophisticatedly beautiful

I really enjoyed this book and the amazing,incredible and at times sad and horrifying tale. Beautiful story telling

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  • 05-19-19

brilliant

brilliant and engaging harrowing unable to stop listening fantastic and moving sometimes to tears brilliant

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  • Cate
  • 12-11-18

The Pearl Thief

Well written post ww2 story of a young jewish woman's survival after the massacre of her family.

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  • 12-18-18

Poor narration

Narrator was not credible in her portrayal of male characters, particularly Edward, difficult to listen to the over exaggerated almost comical and unbelievable accent

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