The Mission Song

The Mission Song

Audiobook CD - 2006
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Bruno Salvador, known to friends and enemies alike as Salvo, is the ever-innocent 29-year-old orphaned love child of a Catholic Irish missionary and a Congolese woman. Salvo is inspired by his mentor, Brother Michael, to train as a professional interpreter in the minority African languages of which, almost from birth, he has been an obsessive collector. Soon a rising star in his profession, he is inevitably courted by the mushrooming overworld of British Intelligence. He is also courted -- and won -- by Penelope, a white upper-class star reporter on one of the great national newspapers, whom with typical impulsiveness he promptly marries. Dispatched by British Intelligence to a no-name island in the North Sea to attend a top-secret meeting between Western financiers and East Congolese warlords, Salvo is obliged to interpret matters never intended for his reawoken African conscience.--Container
Publisher: Westminster, MD : Books on Tape, pc2006.
ISBN: 9781415934654
1415934657
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD LE CARRE
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (11 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Oyelowo, David

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Jan 18, 2018

This is an engrossing audiobook, made better by the top-notch reading: every character has their own voice, even the women, and the accents, Welsh, Jamaican, English (though rather light) and others are all given well. The story itself seems to end well, but then not so well. The pressure and the suspense builds so well I had to just keep listening at a greater rate (measured in hours per day) than I otherwise would. Those who enjoy indicting 'The West' will certainly enjoy its morals.

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