Winter in Madrid

Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of the Shardlake series, C. J. Sansom, comes Winter in Madrid, a standalone historical novel set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

1940: The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war.

Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett: a traumatised veteran of Dunkirk turned reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of old school friend Sandy Forsyth, now a shady Madrid businessman, Harry finds himself involved in a dangerous game – and surrounded by memories. Meanwhile Sandy's girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged on a secret mission of her own – to find her former lover Bernie Piper, a passionate Communist in the International Brigades, who vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama.

In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom is an intimate and compelling tale which offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding and the profound impact of impossible choices.

©2019 C. J. Sansom (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Great adventure

Believable characters, a compelling story and insightful history, this one is really quite good. The reader is also very good. I read a review criticizing the characters as two-dimensional. I didn’t find this to be the case. For the genre, they are really well developed and I find their motives totally believable. Enjoy!

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winter in Madrid

loved the characters & story line. Ending seemed rushed & sudden which left me feeling disappointed but excellent read.

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  • Seayeaitch
  • 07-09-19

If you want to understand the recent political situation in Spain look no further.

An intense and most interesting portrayal of the Spanish politics in the 1930’s. CJS ability to weave a storyline is enhanced and brought to life by Daniel Weyman and holds the attention of the listener right to the end. CJS provides an excellent lesson in unraveling a period of history that provides the listener with a ring side seat to a greater understanding.

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  • Trixie
  • 06-09-19

Spanish Civil War in the 1930s

I’ve read everything written by C.J. Sansom and especially enjoy the Shardlake series. His historical research into the period of the stories is extremely thorough and adds so much to each book. I had read this book a while ago and noticed that Audible had recently released an unabridged version, having only offered an abridged one read by Simon Russell Beale so far. Daniel Weyman is one of my favourite narrators and does his usual excellent job with Spanish accents as well as British ones. Oddly enough none of the characters is especially endearing, even the main one, who’s a bit of a wet blanket despite being a spy for British Intelligence in the Madrid embassy. Perhaps being boring is the best cover a spy should cultivate. This doesn’t mar the overall experience of this very long story, which has an absorbing historical background of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. As is usual in civil wars, both sides do unspeakable things and the main victims are the impoverished. The fact that General Franco held power for 40 years after the conflict is a depressing thought. I recommend Dominion by Sansom if you haven’t read it. The Audible version is very good and once again the historical setting (1940s England living under German rule via a collaborationist government) makes it an absorbing read.

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  • Chris
  • 05-09-20

Recommend this unabridged version

For me, the 20 hours flew by and easily managed to hold my attention. I don’t follow the idea of abridging this kind of novel (well-paced thriller), except perhaps for readers who are very short on time.

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  • Lucy C.
  • 10-24-19

An epic tale

It helps to have a knowledge of Spain in that era, but not essential, as the story is so detailed as to transport you there. The characters are thoroughly believable and it's easy to buy into a story where the narration matches the writing. Effortlessly elegant, but also an exciting page-turner of which this a classic example. A jewel.

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  • Gillyane
  • 07-20-19

TRAGEDY OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH

THIS BOOK EXPLAINS THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF THE GHASTLY CIVIL WAR. THE PART ENGLAND PLAYED IN MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR THE RUSSIANS TO BECOME EMBROILED IS BOTH SAD AND REPREHENSIBLE. HOWEVER, AFTER THE BRUTALITY SHOWN BY BOTH SIDES WOULD IT REALLY HAVE BEEN ANY BETTER HAD THE REPUBLICANS STAYED IN POWER? ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER HAD TO TOTALLY DEFEAT THE OTHER FOR THERE TO BE ANY CHANCE OF PEACE, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD HAVE STAYED CONSTANTLY AT WAR. FRANCO COMING OUT ON TOP EVENTUALLY MEANT THAT SPAIN BECAME A DEMOCRATIC NATION AGAIN. HAD THE COMMUNISTS WON IT IS MOST UNLIKELY THAT THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.

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  • Amazon customer
  • 10-26-20

Highly recommended listening

As with all the CJ Sampson books, this will not disappoint. I can highly recommend listening to this audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-20

Slow to start

A good book. I love C J Sansom’s writing and links with history. It was very slow to start. A lot of character building until about half way through the book. However the final chapters were excellent and great twists at the end.

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  • Jonah
  • 08-07-20

Winter in Madrid

Absolutely superb book to listen to. I’ve now listened to all C J Samson’s books, this being the last, and I enjoyed all of them but this one is the best. Daniel Weyman is brilliant narrating this wonderful story. No Pasaran!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-20

Truly excellent

I read the book when first released and wasn t sure if this audible could live up to it. I'm glad to say it truly captured the essence of it, and is remarkable to the very end, in fact now it still leaves me stirred. Sansom has an instinctive insight which leaves one thinking and feeling.....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-20

As gripping and absorbing as his Tudor novels

Great narration kept the pace going. Wanted to move onto the next Sansom set in 20th century. ..but looks like I shall have to wait. Very poignant at times, paints a vivid picture of Spain at the time. Characters you care about. plenty of baited breath moments.

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  • Richard
  • 08-14-19

Excellent

One of the best WW2 historical novels I have listened to. The narrator is brilliant. Very true to historical events as evidenced by the facts. Sad and moving yet always gripping the listener. C J Sansom is a truly remarkable writer. I await for further works by this superb novelist.