Life Class

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 125 ratings

Life Class Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Pat Barker's powerful and unforgettable story of art and war, Life Class.

Spring, 1914. The students at the Slade School of Art gather in Henry Tonks's studio for his life-drawing class. But for Paul Tarrant the class is troubling, underscoring his own uncertainty about making a mark on the world. When war breaks out and the army won't take Paul, he enlists in the Belgian Red Cross just as he and fellow student Elinor Brooke admit their feelings for one another.

Amidst the devastation in Ypres, Paul comes to see the world anew - but have his experiences changed him completely?

©2014 Pat Barker (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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  • Book 1

    • Life Class

    • By: Pat Barker
    • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson, Juliet Prague, Eve Webster, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Spring, 1914. The students at the Slade School of Art gather in Henry Tonks's studio for his life-drawing class. But for Paul Tarrant the class is troubling, underscoring his own uncertainty about making a mark on the world. When war breaks out and the army won't take Paul, he enlists in the Belgian Red Cross just as he and fellow student Elinor Brooke admit their feelings for one another.

    Regular price: $25.82

    • Life Class

    • By: Pat Barker
    • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    In the spring of 1914, a group of young students gather in an art studio for a life-drawing class. Paul Tarrant and Elinor Brooke are two components of a love triangle, and at the outset of the war, they turn to each other. After volunteering for the Red Cross, Paul must confront the fact that life, love, and art will never be the same for him.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • In Love and War

    • By Cariola on 07-28-09

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • Toby's Room

    • By: Pat Barker
    • Narrated by: Juliet Prague, Kieran Bew, Finlay Robertson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Toby's Room, a dark, compelling novel of human desire, wartime horror and the power of friendship. When Toby is reported 'Missing, Believed Killed', another secret casts a lengthening shadow over Elinor's world: How exactly did Toby die - and why? Elinor determines to uncover the truth. Only then can she finally close the door to Toby's room.

    Regular price: $20.66

    • Toby's Room

    • By: Pat Barker
    • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
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      4 out of 5 stars 30

    Toby's Room opens in the July of 1917, three years after the events of Life Class. Elinor Brooke is still painting, but her brother Toby is shipping out to the front as a Medical Officer, a fact that she cannot bring herself to accept. Toby finds himself on the same Channel crossing as Kit Neville, a close friend - and aspiring suitor - of Elinor's from before the war. Intent on cementing his reputation as an artist, Kit never intended to serve overseas.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sadly, Rather Underwhelming

    • By Cariola on 11-02-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • Noonday

    • By: Pat Barker
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    As the bombs fall on the blacked-out city, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke races from bomb sites to hospitals in order to save the lives of injured survivors. She works alongside former friend Kit Neville while her husband, Paul Tarrant, works as an air-raid warden. Once fellow students at the Slade School of Fine Art before the First World War destroyed the hopes of their generation, they now find themselves caught in another war, this time at home.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • ended? really?

    • By Rebecca on 03-24-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Noonday

    • By: Pat Barker
    • Narrated by: Anne Reid, Finlay Robertson, John Sackville, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Noonday by Pat Barker, read by Juliet Stevenson, Stephen Boxer, John Sackville, Anne Reid & Finlay Robertson. London, the Blitz, autumn 1940. Ambulance drivers Elinor Brooke and Kit Neville ferry injured survivors from bomb sites to hospitals while Elinor's husband, Paul, works as an air-raid warden.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • value what you have.

    • By Sylvia McLeod on 06-26-16

    Regular price: $21.32