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The Godmother

Narrated by: Julia Franklin
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A taut and darkly funny account of an unusual woman and her voyage into the underground ecosystem of crime and justice in contemporary France.  

Meet Patience Portefeux, 53, an underpaid Franco-Arab judicial interpreter for the Ministry of Justice who specialises in telephone tapping. 

Widowed after the sudden death of her husband, Patience is now wedged between university fees for her two grown-up daughters and nursing home costs for her ageing mother. She’s laboured for 25 years to keep everyone’s heads above water.  

Happening upon an especially revealing set of police wiretaps ahead of all other authorities, Patience makes a life-altering decision that sees her intervening in - and infiltrating - the machinations of a massive drug deal. 

She thus embarks on an entirely new career path: Patience becomes The Godmother’  

This is not life in the French idyll of postcards and stock photos. With a gallery of traffickers, dealers, police officers and politicians who are more real than life itself, a sharp and amusing gaze on everyday survival in contemporary France and an unforgettable woman at its centre, Hannelore Cayre’s best-selling novel shines a torchlight on a European criminal underground that has rarely been seen.

©2019 Hannelore Cayre (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-20

Unlistenable.

Heard a great review for the book on Radio 4 so wanted to listen to it but, I've not finished it, and probably won't as the narrator is just awful (sorry). Terrible delivery and pace. Going to buy the hardcopy book instead.

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  • Joanne
  • 26-10-19

Wild Pace, Rich, Biting Humor!

Really liked this for it's glorious descriptions, dark humor of a fantastically original protagonist! The author sets up the irony and comedy of such a juxtaposition of worlds extremely well, thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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  • MISS
  • 11-02-20

‘Listen to it, you’ll love it.’

A story about immigrants. A wonderful story that is reasonably complex but easy to follow. Loved the literary references. The humour is fast paced and very colourful. The narrator really added to the story. If you liked the movie La Haine you will like this book.
I would recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-19

Delightful - loved it

It is a great performance lifting the text. I very much enjoyed it and I would love to see it as a film