• The Road to Grantchester

  • By: James Runcie
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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The Road to Grantchester

By: James Runcie
Narrated by: Peter Wickham
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1938. Eighteen-year-old Sidney Chambers is dancing with Amanda Kendall at her brother’s birthday party at the Caledonian Club. No one can believe that there could ever be another war. 

Returning to London seven years later, Sidney has gained a Military Cross and lost his best friend. The carefree youth that he and his friends were promised has been blown apart - and Sidney, carrying a terrible, secret guilt, must decide what to do with the rest of his life. But he has heard a call: constant though quiet, and growing ever more persistent. 

To the incredulity of his family and the derision of his friends, Sidney must now negotiate his path to God: the course of which never runs smooth.

©2019 James Runcie (P)2019 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Grantchester prequel answers and poses questions

Sidney Chambers' war experiences turn him in the direction of the Church, much to the surprise and dismay of family and friends.

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Prequel to Grantchester series is okay

This book only makes sense if you are already a fan of the Grantchester series. Otherwise, it will be difficult to care about the characters or the storylines. The book is divided into four parts - Sidney’s experiences and loss in the Italian campaign in WW2; his survivor’s guilt and the way he deals with the loss of his best friend in the war; his decision to seek ordination in the church; and his friendship with Amanda Kendall. The first part drags a bit until human interactions start. Then the book picks up. The point of the book is to give a backgrounder for Sidney, and to a lesser extent, Amanda. We learn why Sidney went into the church, and gain a bit more of an understanding of Sidney’s relationship with Amanda. Runcie excels at character development and interaction, and this is the strength of this book. It’s just that, unless you are already a fan of the series, you won’t care too much about them. Peter Wickham is a very appropriate narrator for these stories.

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Always pne of my favorite.

This story captivated me when I read it and also when I watched adaptations on the TV series. Listening to this marvelous reader even brought it more alive. A well wriien story about people's lives during a time of pain and recovery. I recommend it to anyone who likes historical novels.

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  • Mrs. Karen A. Rees
  • 04-15-19

A gentle tale light a Sunday Afternoon

I loved this book. Hit the spot, with some graphic descriptions of the horrors of WWII, but moves through the ups and downs of life’s challenges and questions.

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  • Patricia
  • 04-30-19

Friendship

A story of friendships between people who share the experiences of wartime loss and rebuilding lives after WW2

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  • Jamickle
  • 05-06-22

How it started

Having only watched 3 episodes of original tv series I left it there knowing I would return to them. I later purchased the audio books ( still unlistened to) then bought the Road To Granchester.

Have just finished prequel and found it interesting but at times slow going mostly during the war chapters. Would recommend probably listening prior to tackling the main canon.

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  • Happy Doctor
  • 03-27-22

I have the whole series

Perfect marriage of story and narrator
Sydney is a good man. I love these stories.

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  • Rochelle
  • 04-25-20

Brilliant

I chose to read this book, as I have recently discovered the Grantchester tv series. The book is so brilliantly written, detailed and engaging. I look forward to reading/ listening to the rest of the series.

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  • RUTH
  • 11-28-20

The return of hope

VERY GOOD. I enjoyed this book and the narration. A story of its time.