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  • A Traitor to Memory

  • Inspector Lynley, Book 11
  • Written by: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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A Traitor to Memory

Written by: Elizabeth George
Narrated by: Donada Peters
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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth George "reigns as the queen of the mystery genre", raves Entertainment Weekly, which named her novel In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner one of the 10 best books of 1999. The author who has enthralled millions with masterworks of dazzling novels of literary suspense returned with her most astonishing work yet.

"Ms. George proves that the classiest of crime writers are true novelists," proclaimed the New York Times, and each of her previous 10 novels had been an instant international best-seller. With A Traitor to Memory, George returned to the themes that had made her a master of the genre she had made distinctly her own - the classic detective story that is also a richly rewarding tapestry of passion, loyalty, and betrayal. She is a writer like no other, and her novels mark a magnificent literary achievement.

"To listen is to be, but to play is to live...." So believes Gideon Davies, 28-year-old musical wunderkind, a virtuoso violinist whose talents are internationally celebrated. When Gideon finds himself center stage, unable to play, his tortured search for his music - and for the truth behind the appalling event that shaped his life - will lead him to the very heart of love's darkest manifestations.

©2001 Susan Elizabeth George (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"This can only add to her growing reputation as doyenne of English mystery novelists.... [S]ome particularly moving moments." (Publishers Weekly)

"A superbly paced, all-consuming treat.... George has the ability to display and then dissect her characters in a painfully realistic way. If dogged police work is what you demand from mysteries, hit the sidewalk with these complicated British detectives." (USA Today)

"Wrenching ... George still stands several rungs up the ladder from her more superficial rivals." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Incredible

I loved the complex layers and lives that unfolded perfectly in this extended audio. Simply incredible.

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  • GP
  • 2019-07-09

Maybe not suitable for audio

This seemed like a longer book than the others in the series and I felt it got quite convoluted toward the end. By the end, I wasn't even sure how Gideon's dad got pushed into traffic. It jumped around too much in chronology. Might have been easier to follow in a written format.

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  • LMM
  • 2019-02-08

better on paper

Although the story is a good one, it is probably best read in book form and not listened to on Audible. It jumps about chronologically, and where that might be clear on paper, it is not while listening, which led to confusion. There also seems to be a few strings left dangling, aside from a purposeful one. Otherwise a good story. As with the others in the series, the editing is abominable - lots of mistakes, as they were rushing to release. This also lessens the enjoyment, at least for me.

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  • Notaprecinct
  • 2019-08-10

Very disappointing

I have been such a fan till now. I still love the narrator. But this story dragged forever. And it was all depressing. There was not enough Havers and too much of the protagonist. It had way to much sex. Including more than I wanted to know about Linley's married life. Linley pulled a stunt I would not expect after the last one. And the ending made me just so angry and disgusted that I had wasted so much time. Probably will not go to the next. Too bad. It has been a good run.

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  • Georgieporger
  • 2019-03-18

One of her best

Psychologically riveting
Have you been in analysis Ms.George? You certainly know a lot about the process

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  • Martha Sommers
  • 2022-02-09

A Traitor to Memory

I enjoy anything Elizabeth George writes.
There were a few things about this one I didn’t really appreciate. First and foremost is the amount of taking the name of The Lord so lightly. I can handle just about any other swearing but this bothers me. I almost returned it. The other thing that really bothered me was the calling of children born with Down syndrome as downs kids. I am the mother of three children who were born with it. I’m sure it wouldn’t bother others as much as it did me.
I have read/listened to all of her books offered on Audible. I love her books.

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  • Chris T
  • 2020-03-06

Great Series but Very Crass

This is an amazing series that generally keeps you guessing, A Traitor to Memory is no exception to this. The stories do get crass at times, which makes those portions difficult to get through.

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  • Me
  • 2019-06-27

Another amazing book in this series

As always this is just another great book by Elizabeth George. Narrator is perfect for these books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2023-01-26

very hard to listen to

Want to return it and follow instructions but so far not able to do so. Normally love this author but not this one.

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  • Kay
  • 2022-11-09

Too long

This book is a listening marathon. This book became a burden to finish. IMO, cutting three hours off this book would have been greatly appreciated and still maintained the story line.

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  • shoelover
  • 2022-11-05

Disappointed

Sadly a very disappointing story from an author I like. The story is jumbled and hard to follow and way to full of smutty sex.

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  • Lauris J Geheren
  • 2022-08-28

Fantastic story!

I have listened to many of Elizabeth George’s books and love Donata Peters reading them. This story pulled you in and kept you in, guessing until the very end and maybe after. It was less focused on Lindley and Havers, and more focused on the characters involved and made for a really good story. Highly recommend.

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  • Mary
  • 2022-08-25

Well done

I have been reading Elizabeth George’s books and I find them well-written, in line with other authors I like — P D James, Louise Penny, Donna Leon and Ann Cleeves. I haven’t submitted reviews but wanted to for this book as there have been some negative reviews. If you enjoy reading the Detective Lynley series, don’t bypass this book. It is well worth the read.