Two Brothers

  • by Ben Elton
  • Narrated by Jot Davies
  • 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Berlin 1920
Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice....
Which one of them will survive? Ben Elton's most personal novel to date, Two Brothers transports the listener to the time of history's darkest hour.

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love the twists

the reader does the voices really well. and those last few chapters where so hard to turn off. loved it.
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- Deb Carter

Fantastic in parts, awful in others

I'm being a bit harsh on the narrator, there must have been others ho thought it was a good idea to portray Nazis in a cockney accent!

To the book itself, there were parts I found brilliant, others plain ridiculous.

The good - fantastic to get a German and Jewish perspective not just during the war but through the 20's and 30's. I found this gripping and horrifying but also very well researched and realistic.

The bad - not only was the narration cockney, so was the writing at times, Elton falling back into his own roots. The central plot around the two brothers love for Dagma was equally ridiculous and upset the tension of the side plot. I wonder if there was any publisher interference, something to lift the mood but I found it almost stuff of fairytales.

All in all I found it a frustrating book, one that could have been brilliant but instead was hopelessly compromised not held at all by the narration.
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks