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The Dig

By: John Preston
Narrated by: Simon Vance,Kate Reading,Fiona Hardingham,Derek Perkins
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Publisher's Summary

Reimagining the Sutton Hoo dig, the greatest Anglo-Saxon archaeological discovery on British soil, John Preston brilliantly dramatizes three months of intense activity on a small estate when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure.

In the long hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty, a widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As an archaeological dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find, and the discovery leads to a host of jealousies and tensions.

Elegantly crafted with great tenderness and a poignant attention to detail, The Dig is more than a novel about archaeology. At its very core, this is a novel about the traces of life we all leave behind.

©2007 John Preston (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Brilliant for any time team fan

As a fan of time team and teacher of history. I loved this narrative well done and narrators only enhance the story. Throughly enjoyed. Would love more from the writer with other sites.

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interesting book

Was drawn to this after reading a nice review in the New York Times, and knowing little about Sutton Hoo beyond the famous helmet images. the characters are well drawn but ultimately sketchy. it's a modest effort, but quite listenable and even gentle in its approach to history and the extraordinary find st Sutton Hoo. And it definitely piqued my interest in visiting myself one day. Good readers as well.

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Unusual story bracketed by the WW I and WWII.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I found the language usage to be very effective, and reminiscent of Thomas Hardy.. A great cast of characters which were well developed, each with a different voice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dig?

When the first archeologist is replaced by a "big shot." That made me mad.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not.

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Fictional history

Very much a fictionalized account of a significant archeological discovery in England in 1939. The prose is arather dry and factual, but the subject is interesting and the narration is well-done. But don't expect a page-turner, because this is NOT that kind of story.

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Great for Archeology Enthusiasts!

I love Archeology and I loved this book. All of the subtle jealousy, backstabbing and greed that runs under the surface of a dig! I learned bunches about British Ancient History too! Great characters and great reading, she does realistic voices and all!

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Excellent

I Very much enjoyed this production. Wonderful story and performance. Hope you will enjoy also.

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What disappointed you about The Dig?

The story itself was a disappointment. The plot wandered to and fro. I had expected something more aligned with archaeology within a mystery.

I'm not sure how I would describe this book to a friend.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Preston again?

I doubt that I will take the chance on Audible. Perhaps a hard copy from the library.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrators were fine. The accents helped to build the location.

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Too much drama, and not enough history. Not recommended for those who want a true history of the excavation.

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Beautiful story and imagery

This was a nicely paced story with intriguing characters and plot. I enjoyed it very much and am hesitant to see the film because the images in my mind are so rich. I also loved the performances!

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Didn't Engage

While I liked the idea of this book -- about a wealthy doyenne who wants to see what's buried beneath her property -- I was disappointed in the final product. Filled with many characters who are either unlikable or unsympathetic, my interest waned.

The narration is good and clear. Too bad the book didn't engage me.

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