The Collaborators

  • by Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes
  • 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paris, 1945. Janine Simonian stands accused of supplying information to the Nazi occupying forces that led to the arrest and torture of several members of the French Resistance ¿ and the brutal murder of her own husband. Fiercely patriotic, and the wife of a Jew, Janine had always been outspoken in her condemnation of the Nazis. Abwehr intelligence officer Günter Mai judged her the unlikeliest of recruits for his network of informants, resistant to all the usual triggers...until the Gestapo's reign of terror intensified, and her children were rounded up for deportation.
This is a powerful tale of conscience and betrayal, as shocking as it is moving. It poses uncomfortable questions about the priorities of personal and national loyalty in a time of war.

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"The best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world." (Andrew Taylor)

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Seamless twining of threads

Reginald Hill twists and twines his story threads so smoothly. Set mainly in Paris during WWII, this is a compassionate look at collaboration in all its shades of grey. Despite being an examination of personal versus national responsibilities, this is a 'cracking good yarn' with wonderful characters and an exciting plot. I found it hard to put down. The narration really added depth to the characters. The narrator used regional accents to give subtlety to the 'station' and 'power' of certain characters. The regional accents were British and not every listener will be familiar with these, but it's worth getting to know them as they will add to your range of aural understanding.
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- Lesley

Unfortunate

The book is narrated by a British man with a heavy British accent. Unlike many other good audiobooks, the narrator doesn't bother trying to do accents that fit the nationality they are reading (French, German, etc) but just reads with different British accents. Also, the book itself is about an incredibly dense wife who is hopelessly ignorant to the ways of the world. The book is a giant cliche, and unfortunately isn't that interesting.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2006
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books