The Great Fortune : The Balkan Trilogy

  • by Olivia Manning
  • Narrated by Harriet Walter
  • Series: The Balkan Trilogy
  • 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Great Narration to start you off on this trilogy

What about Harriet Walter’s performance did you like?

I had picked up the Balkan Trilogy several times and never managed to get past the first few pages so I thought I'd try the audiobook and I was immediately hooked. Guy's cluelessness, Harriet's petulance, Yaki's pathetic Yaki-ness, is all perfectly rendered. Once hooked, I easily moved on to the second book without needing the audiobook. But for the third and final installment I returned to the audiobook as if meeting with old friends.

If you could take any character from The Great Fortune out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Poor Yaki--he always needs a meal. Although one worries buying him one meal would somehow bind you to him for life.

Any additional comments?

Like Tolkein's Lord off the Rings Trilogy, the books in The Balkan Trilogy don't really stand alone and need to be read as one long book.

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- TiffanyD

Great book, best audio performance I've heard

This narrator is very talented. She even does characters impersonating each other somewhat convincingly. It's pretty dramatic, as opposed to understated, but I'm very impressed.
The story and writing is wonderful, like Anthony Powell but with things happening. The author exhibits cool Olympian disdain for the characters so far. I haven't finished it yet.
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- Clay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios