While this novel stands on its own merit, to fully appreciate NOONDAY, listeners will first want to hear Booker Prize winner Pat Barker's previous books in the trilogy, LIFE CLASS and TOBY'S ROOM. The stellar cast transforms returning characters Elinor, Paul, and Kit into credible people. However, wonderful as the narrators are, the many levels of relationship subtleties can be confusing to a new listener. The story takes place in London during the Blitz. Paul and Elinor are married. Paul is an air-raid warden. Elinor drives an ambulance. Kit, disfigured in WWI, arrives from the U.S. to work for the British government as a German translator. Each performance is a small gem, illuminating the determination of a people that hundreds of Nazi night raids couldn't extinguish. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2016]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781504686082 $34.95 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-5046-8606-8 $19.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781504686051 $100.00 Nine CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781504686075 $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781504686020 multiple sources
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