Listen to the novel New York Times best-selling author of The Alice Network Kate Quinn called "easily one of the best novels I have read all year". A critically acclaimed, multilayered romance set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II, where gods hold the fates - and the hearts - of four mortals in their hands.
They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect turned soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the US Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though war is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of love.
Hailed by critics, Lovely War has received seven starred reviews and is an indie best seller. Author Julie Berry has been called "a modern master of historical fiction" by Bookpage and "a celestially inspired storyteller" by The New York Times, and Lovely War is truly her masterwork.
"This fascinating, gorgeously written novel of World War I will grip you and remind you that the greatest danger is closing our hearts to love." (Nancy Werlin, National Book Award honoree and New York Times best seller)
“Julie Berry writes the past as if she lived it.” (Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times best-selling author)
“Scheherazade has nothing on Berry.... An unforgettable romance so Olympian in scope, human at its core, and lyrical in its prose that it must be divinely inspired.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Beautiful story but disorganized audiobook
This is such a beautiful and touching story told in a very creative way. In Lovely War multiple Greek Gods narrate the love story of two couples in WWI as "evidence" for a trial. My problem with the audiobook was that there was a constant change of voice actors for the same characters. For example, the voice of Aphrodite was a different one in the present storyline than her voice in the storyline in which she tells the story of the lovers. This was the case for EVERY Greek God that narrated the story, and they were like 5 in total. Furthermore, the voice of the lovers also changed with the time and that was also confusing. I don't understand why you would use so many different voice actors.
In addition to all that which was already very annoying and confusing for the story, you would also get really random "piano music" noise in certain parts and this was also not constant at all. For instance, in one chapter a character would play the piano and the background music would start, and in the next piano scene there was no background music at all. This background music would also play at certain ends but not on all of them, and I just found it to be very random and did not add to the audiobook experience.
The story is a solid 4 stars but I would personally recommend to read this book in a physical copy/eBook.
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