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23 04, 2015

SCHREIBER’S SECRET Evokes Long Shadows of the Holocaust

By |2018-01-12T13:02:47+01:00April 23rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Schreiber's SecretTo mark National Tell a Story Day on April 27th, I’ve picked Roger Radford’s excellent thriller Schreiber’s Secret, which I recently narrated.

It may be seventy years since the end of the Second World War and the defeat of Hitler’s genocidal Third Reich, but the terrible events of the Holocaust remain etched into the memories of many survivors still living today.

Publicity surrounding the trial of 93-year-old Oscar Gröning, the so-called “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” is a reminder that many continue to seek justice for the murder of their relatives and for the countless atrocities in the thousands of transit camps, forced-labor camps, and killing centers set up by the Nazi regime.

In his “masterly written thriller” Schreiber’s Secret, which I was proud to narrate for the audiobook version, Roger Radford lays bare the horror and tragedy of life in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt and its associated “Small Fortress”.

Through the medium of a classic “whodunnit” murder story set in 1990s London, Radford’s novel brings to life the problems of tracking down and identifying perpetrators many years after the war’s end. It raises burning questions of moral guilt like those facing Gröning in today’s courtroom in northern Germany, and explores what it means to be Jewish and live with the legacy of the Shoah in the modern world.

Amongst its many accolades and five-star reviews, readers have the called the novel “unputdownable” and the audiobook “totally absorbing – I didn’t want it to end.”

As the audiobook narrator, I found reading Schreiber’s Secret aloud an engrossing experience, with episodes of high-stakes drama and horrifying barbarity set against a story that ultimately renews faith in the triumph of the human spirit.

Listen to a short extract from Schreiber’s Secret:


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15 05, 2014

SOLDIER OF ROME – The Legionary

By |2018-01-12T13:02:49+01:00May 15th, 2014|Categories: Audiobooks, front page slider|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

SOLDIER OF ROME - THE LEGIONARYIn the year 9 A.D., the Roman army suffered a terrible defeat in the boggy forest of Teutoburger Wald in Germania. Their leader, Publius Quintilius Varus, had placed his trust in his ally Arminius, war chief of the Cherusci tribe, unaware that Arminius was secretly forging an alliance of various Germanic tribes to oppose the expansion of the Roman Empire.

Arminius betrayed Varus by leading his forces into an ambush, and the Romans suffered with catastrophic losses in the battles that ensued. Three legions were annihilated, and many officers took their own lives rather than suffer the shame of defeat and the horrific punishments inflicted by their victors.

Such is the background of SOLDIER OF ROME – THE LEGIONARY by James Mace, which I recently narrated for Audible’s audiobook version. It tells the story of Artorius, the younger brother of one of those soldiers who lost their lives in the epic defeat of Teutoburger Wald.

Having sworn to avenge his brother’s death, Artorius enlists in the army and trains to become a member of the Twentieth Legion. He sets out with 40,000 other legionaries under the command of Germanicus Caesar to defeat Arminius and exact a terrible revenge for the treachery of six years previously.

Listen to a sample:

Author James Mace has drawn on his passion for Roman history and meticulous research into the military practices of the period to create an exciting, gritty and realistic portrayal of the Romans’ infamous defeat and its aftermath.

This is the first of six books in the Artorian Chronicles series. I’m looking forward to narrating the next part later in 2014.