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What do you say when you listen to the perfect book, read by the perfect narrator?
And I am embarrassed to say, from an author I have been completely unaware of until just a few weeks ago? Words fail, and I have already given 5 stars to the predecessors so now what? Bravo Audible!
Ww2, spies, and David Audley as a young man. The scene of the office's mess is just about the best English military scene I have ever watched (and I mean I was there!).
The mystery (plot) Is subtle and believable, the characters full and their images clear. I said something in one of the other reviews of this series about this author being a LeCarre light and now am faced with a retraction that I am wrong, this Series has Smiley on the run. (Not that I could do without). Anyway, the only sadness is that these books are not long enough and there are only 18 of them, so savor them and delight in great audible story telling. This book may be in my top 5 ever. Okay, I will stop now, but you get the idea...
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
slow going, long pointless dialogue exchanges. A short story padded out into a book
Which scene was your favorite?
the end when I finally got there!
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
would have been a mildly interesting short story but is a dull book
Would you listen to A New Kind of War again? Why?
Yes, in fact I have already listened to it several times and it gets better each time. I have listened to a lot of Price's books and on mature consideration this is my favourite, although The '44 Vintage comes a very close second.
It is not just because they are both narrated by Dominic Mafham. It is also because they are both set in the immediate aftermath of the war on mainland Europe. They have an edge because they are tied up with matters of life and death and the emergence of the Cold War, something which is played out in the later novels but can occasionally seem a little contrived although they are still enjoyable.
There is tension right from the start with a mysterious meeting in the mountains of Greece and the lead character is a great guide. He takes the reader with him as he tries to work out what is going on until it is explained in all its horror later on.
There are so many vivid set pieces, too many to list, but the appearance of The Brigadier in charge of the unit is spellbinding.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Quite a few. It was very good to meet a very young David Audley, he is much more open and volatile. Fred Fatorini is well rounded and interesting and I was very taken with Amos de Souza. This book is so full of vivid characters and they are all brought to life so beautifully in the reading.
What does Dominic Mafham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His voice and delivery are perfect for this book. The story is driven by dialogue and he manages to get the perfect voice from the easy, confident Guards voice of de Sousa to the classless and rather terrifying Clinton and the wonderfully funny driver who is saying more than he appears with his chatter. Mafham manages to infuse so much into the occasional one-word answers.
Any additional comments?
Price usually uses some real historical background and the setting in this book is part of what is left of the frontier the Romans built in Germany. It has a real relevance to the story that is being played out in the book and feels integral rather than being added on for a bit of colour.