My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

  • by Louisa Young
  • Narrated by Dan Stevens
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class, and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight.
While Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke fight for their country, their survival and their sanity in the trenches of Flanders, Nadine Waveney, Julia Locke, and Rose Locke do what they can at home. Beautiful, obsessive Julia and gentle, eccentric Peter are married: each day Julia goes through rituals to prepare for her beloved husband’s return. Nadine and Riley, only 18 when the war starts, and with problems of their own already, want above all to make promises - but how can they when the future is not in their hands? And Rose? Well, what did happen to the traditionally brought-up women who lost all hope of marriage, because all the young men were dead?

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"Birdsong for the new millennium." (Tatler)

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special praise for the narrator

There is nothing I can usefully add to the many positive comments about the book itself, but Dan Stevens deserves special mention for his outstanding narration. First, he simply has a wonderful voice which is a pleasure to listen to. But, in addition, he is so good with different voices and accents for the various characters, his talent is quite astonishing - it's a bit like listening to a radio play with different actors for the different parts. And, a real bonus (at least for me), is that he correctly pronounces all of the foreign words and names. There are quite a few narrators I have really admired, but Dan Stevens takes first prize for me. I look forward to listening to more of his work.
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- Robyn "Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime."

entertaining, emotional,seemed based in real facts

A great story and good narrative. Very catchy. Interesting also from a historical point of view.




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- Paola

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited