The Balkan Trilogy

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 122 ratings

The Great Fortune Publisher's Summary

It was a strange, uncertain world that Harriet entered when she married Guy Pringle. Guy taught English at the university at Bucharest, a city of vivid contrasts, where professional beggars exist alongside the excesses of mid-European royalty and expatriate journalists with a taste for truffles and quails in aspic. Underlying this is a fitful awareness of the proximity of the Nazi threat to a Romania, which is enjoying an uneasy peace.

In this exotic landscape Harriet gets to know her new husband and to wonder at the complexity of the apparently simple man she had married.

©1960 The Estate of Olivia Manning (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Great Fortune

    • By: Olivia Manning
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    It was a strange, uncertain world that Harriet entered when she married Guy Pringle. Guy taught English at the university at Bucharest, a city of vivid contrasts, where professional beggars exist alongside the excesses of mid-European royalty and expatriate journalists with a taste for truffles and quails in aspic. Underlying this is a fitful awareness of the proximity of the Nazi threat to a Romania which is enjoying an uneasy peace.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, best audio performance I've heard

    • By Clay on 09-03-17

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • The Spoilt City

    • By: Olivia Manning
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    It is 1940, and Guy and Harriet Pringle and their friends in the English colony in Bucharest find their position growing ever more precarious. The phony war is over and invasion by the Germans is an ever-present threat... This is the second part of The Balkan Trilogy, which began with The Great Fortune and concludes with Friends and Heroes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best reading and narration in a long time.

    • By Frances on 09-03-16

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • Friends and Heroes

    • By: Olivia Manning
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Bucharest has fallen, and Harriet and Guy Pringle have escaped to Athens in the nick of time to find several of their old acquaintances there already. But even Guy's eternal optimism fails him when he realises that his former employees feel no gratitude or loyalty to him. Guy and Harriet both come to realise that with Greece threatened by the Axis Powers, Athens is not the safe harbour they thought.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • superb narrator

    • By Kathleen on 01-22-10

    Regular price: $20.34