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Warlight

Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, read by George Blagden.    

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.

An elegiac, dreamlike novel set in post-WW2 London about memory, family secrets and lies, from the internationally acclaimed author of The English Patient.

‘The past never remains in the past…’

London, 1945. The capital is still reeling from the war. Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel are abandoned by their parents who leave the country on business, and are left in the dubious care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. Nathaniel is introduced to The Moth’s band of criminal misfits and is caught up in a series of teenage misadventures, from smuggling greyhounds for illegal dog racing to lovers’ trysts in abandoned buildings at night.

But is this eccentric crew really what and who they claim to be? And most importantly, what happened to Nathaniel’s mother? Was her purported reason for leaving true? What secrets did she hide in her past? Years later Nathaniel, now an adult, begins to slowly piece together using the files of intelligence agencies - and through reality, recollection and imagination - the startling truths of puzzles formed decades earlier.
 

©2018 Michael Ondaatje (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A novel of shadowy brilliance." (The Times)

"Fiction as rich, as beautiful, as melancholy as life itself, written in the visionary language of memory." (Observer)

"Ondaatje brilliantly threads the mysteries and disguises and tangled loyalties and personal yearnings of the secret world...and has constructed something of real emotional and psychological heft, delicate melancholy and yet, frequently, page-turning plottiness. I haven’t read a better novel this year." (Telegraph

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  • @GlobalCrimeFict
  • 06-22-18

Deeply moving

I was completely absorbed by the lives of Nathaniel, the Moth and the Darter, and at times moved to tears. This is a book largely about honourable and kind men, who lived on the margins, or had crossed into the criminal world.

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  • 01-17-19

Repetitive, slow, wearing questioning style

I could not recommend this book at all. The storyline was fine but the repetition became exasperating.

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  • 08-27-18

A U-turn

I loved the first third but didn't enjoy the rest of the book. The narrator was great though.

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  • kate
  • 07-13-18

Unnecessarily disjointed plot

A beautifully written but tedious book with an intricate but ultimately uninteresting storyline; even the narrator sounded bored.

Set in post war London two children are left in the care of 2 unrelated adults with dubious, mildly criminal backgrounds whilst the mother continues with unconvincing espionage work which ultimately exposes her children to risk. This author is no John Le Carre. There is a final plot twist/reveal but by then I hardly cared.