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Summary

Cartes Postales from Greece is an extraordinary new audiobook from Victoria Hislop, the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of The Island, The Return, The Thread and The Sunrise. It is fiction in full colour - magical and unique.

Week after week the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A. With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.

On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man's odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A's tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more.

©2016 Victoria Hislop (P)2016 Headline Digital

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"Victoria Hislop writes so vividly about the Med, you can almost feel the scorching heat." ( Good Housekeeping)

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  • 06-11-17

Fragmented and tenuous

Struggled to finish it. Some of the narration was wooden and lifeless. The volume level was inconsistent between the different voices. The concept behind the story did not work for me, it just seemed to be an excuse to link unconnected fables in one book, the result was disjointed.

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Wonderful - dig out your passport!

I cannot wait for my next trip to Greece after reading this. Lots of short stories and fables woven into the main narrative. Each tale provoking a different emotion and mood, and each as captivating as the last. The whole thing beautifully read by the author and others. I've bought the book so that I can re read my favourite stories and list all the places I need to go to asap!!

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A beautiful story.

This story was in fact a series of short stories, each good in their own way, with a rather nice background story tying them all together. Very enjoyable.

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Sensual and alive, beautiful Greece

It was like being there, beautifully written and narrated, I loved it. This was my first Audible audio book and I'm hooked.

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Great nook

I really enjoyed this book but wished the individal stories had lasted longer. Would thoroighly recommend this great book.

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Wonderful

So evocative of Greece. I loved every moment of this book. I'll read it again.

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I want to book a holiday back to Greece....

I loved hear the stories of different individuals as I listen. It makes me want to book a ticket to Greece right away.

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I love Greece and I loved this book!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I love Greece and I enjoyed hearing about places I would love to visit one day.

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Well worth listening to

I suspect that if I'd read this I would not have enjoyed it so much but it was brought to life, for me, by the reader.

Some readers/listeners have suggested that this is a random selection of short stories linked by a tenuous thread or a travelogue enticing one to Greece.
I don't agree. I felt very connected to the emotions of both man and girl. They are decent, intelligent, sentient human beings with deep, undemonstrative emotions. Victoria Hislop made their own stories interesting.
Also I was, almost always, captivated by the tales told along the way - some were shocking.
A lovely satisfying, believable ending.
Thank you.

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Absolutely Fantastic Book! I want to go to back!

I would love to now go back to Greece! Fantastic and intriguing book which evokes passions sn love. I wish this story would come true for me, what I would give to live in Greece.

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  • 08-08-17

Where are the cartes postal?

Very disappointed that this book did not come with the matching postcards. They are like a main character of the story. Was looking forward to the accompanied PDF . I hope the publisher rectifies this soon enough. Some of the words were pronounced wrong which is a pity and could easily be avoided.