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Publisher's Summary

Justine is the first volume in The Alexandria Quartet, four interlinked novels set in the sensuous, hot environment of Alexandria just before the Second World War. Within this polyglot setting of richly idiosyncratic characters is Justine, wild and intense, wife to the wealthy business man Nessim, a mari complaisant. Her emotional and sexual wildness fuels a highly charged atmosphere which, caught famously by Durrell's poetic language, made Justine (1957), and three novels that complete the Quartet - Balthazar (1958), Mountolive (1958), and Clea (1960) - both a critical and a popular success.

(P)1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd,; ©1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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A Crime to Abridge

Groundbreaking literature that flows like rhythymic waves of sensual atmospheric honey to the ears and mind. Here are lives and loves and place so exquisitely examined. Abridgement here is a disservice to anyone who has never read this 1st novel of the Alexandrian Quartet, and painful to one who has. Sigh; Dream; Ache; Fear; Yearn for more.

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Not the whole book

This is a good recording, but it isn't the full book. It is heavily abridged, maybe only 70% of the book.

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Heavily abridged

The two stars for Overall and Story are because this audiobook is heavily abridged. I didn’t see that information when I purchased this book. I should have paid closer attention to the run time! I was looking forward to hearing the book in its entirety because it is one of my favorites.

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Wrong Narrator!!

I absolutely love the Alexandria Quartet, but Nigel is awful.
Does not fit the character at all and his portrayal of women is horrendous.
Too bad as it ruined the stories for me.

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Top in my pantheon of favorite books

And to hear it read for the first time! What a pleasure! I think I'll stop right there and leave the rest to your listening pleasure.

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Film noir in literature

A cross between Proust and Casa Blanca, John Le Carre. Rich and complex language creates the atmosphere of mid 20th century Alexandria, a character itself in the midst of passionate relationships and dynamic intriguing personalities. Not plot driven or light literature here, but beautiful profound writing.

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Wonderfull

Where does Justine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Justine Clea Baltazar and Mountolive are books you cannot ignore in your live

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The reader is simple marvellous

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  • 08-09-16

Brilliant book, brilliantly read

Heavily abridged, but still brilliant. I am always puzzled why it is not on any 100 best works of literature lists.
Anatomy of a doomed love affair against the (beautifully described) backdrop of 1930s Alexandria.

Beautifully read by the wonderful Nigel Anthony.

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  • Peter Bekkhus-Wetterberg
  • 01-08-21

Heavily abridged

This is a wonderful book, the first in the Alexandria Quartet. Sadly, it has been very cruelly abridged, leaving out whole passages and deleting great chunks of Durrell's poetic flowing prose. It is very well read by Nigel Anthony, and I wish they had done the complete novel and not just bits and pieces.

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  • Jo
  • 08-23-20

Easy listening, good but not brilliant

Justine is part 1 of the Alexandria Quartet. It was recommended by a friend, however, it took a while to get into it, and I found it quite difficult to connect with the characters. Having said that, it was fairly easy listening, about colonial, bohemian lives set in Alexandria just as the war broke out. It became more interesting as it went along and I did like it enough to download the next book in the series. The author (Lawrence Durrell - the older brother featured in My Family and Other Animals) just didn’t seem to give enough details so I could understand why everybody in the story was obsessed with Justine. You just had to take his word for it, and imagine why she was just so irresistible. I thought the narration by Nigel Anthony was OK but not amazing.

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  • 08-21-21

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Very poorly narrated due to the tone and speed of the narrator. Ridiculously fast! What a pity.