Transcription: A Novel

By Kate Atkinson
Read by Fenella Woolgar

11.16 Hours 09/25/2018 unabridged
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A thrilling new novel from the bestselling author of Life after Life In 1940, eighteen-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence. Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit, and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A USA Today Pick of Not-to-Miss Books

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A September 2018 LibraryReads Pick

A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Fall

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of the Best Books of Fall

A Literary Hub Pick of Fall Books

A Publishers Weekly Pick of Books of the Week

An Indie Next List selection

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for Fall

A thrilling new novel from the bestselling author of Life after Life

In 1940, eighteen-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.

Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit, and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Help[s] us see what we think we know in a different light.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“A joy to read…reconstituting how we understand British women of that era—not as dutiful handmaidens of the home fron, but as flesh-and-blood girls of eighteen, nineteen, who across every class were willing to die for their ideals.” USA Today
“A sprawling, unapologetically ambitious saga…Even her literary allusions sparkle.” New York Times Book Review
“The book is sort of thriller-lite—a bit of mild suspense, some teased intrigue—but as always the greatest joy is Atkinson’s language itself: the pitch-perfect dialogue, the funny asides, and the immersive scene building.” BuzzFeed
Fenella Woolgar’s masterful narration transforms Juliet Armstrong into a friend who is confiding a lifetime of secrets…Woolgar’s interpretations of Juliet’s wry asides and commentary, peppered throughout the text, are hilarious, and she convincingly portrays a broad cast of characters, from plucky Cockney-accented errand boys to elderly women conspiratorially sharing their shocking views. Woolgar’s melodious voice and dry wit carry listeners through the decades as Juliet’s secrets race to catch up with her. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Atkinson is sharp, precise, and funny…Another beautifully crafted book from an author of great intelligence and empathy.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“With a fascinating cast of characters, careful plotting, and lyrical language in turns comical and tragic, Atkinson’s complex story carefully unveils the outer demands and inner conflicts that war inflicts on people.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A wonderful novel about making choices, failing to make them, and living, with some degree of grace, the lives our choices determine for us.” Booklist (starred review)
“Atkinson’s suspenseful novel is enlivened by its heroine’s witty, sardonic voice as she is transformed from an innocent, unsophisticated young woman into a spy…[A] transportive, wholly realized historical novel.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is a New York Times bestselling author. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England’s Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 11.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English