I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys?

Ruta Sepetys is one of my MUST READ authors. I love historical fiction and her books are just top tier in the YA historical fiction genre. I Must Betray You is another book from Sepetys set during a historical era that I really don’t know a lot about. This was my first time reading a Sepetys book via audio rather than straight up reading it. Overall, it was a good experience — one that I might repeat on a re-read of Sepetys’s other books to see if they hold up.

What’s The Story Here?

Set in Romania 1989, I Must Betray You is about Cristian Florescu, a seventeen year old boy who wants to be a writer someday. Only, that isn’t possible in Romania under Nicolae Ceaușescu who is a dictator. The general atmosphere is one where people inform on each other just to survive and no one trusts anyone. Cristian gets forced into informing on his friend, the son of an American diplomat when he is caught with an American stamp. He is told that if he provides information he will receive medicine for his ailing grandfather. Honestly, life is really bleak at this point. He finds himself writing about what life is like, but this could also really backfire on him. Revolution is also in the air.

What Did I Think Of I Must Betray You?

Well, I feel like I have more context for the Ceausescu era in Romanian history. That is, any context because I do not really remember learning about this in any of my history classes. I think probably one of the best things about Sepetys is that she is bringing to light historical events that aren’t covered extensively in American schools. This book was moving with a real conflict with Cristian’s decisions to be made. There is one part that I felt was hard to read involving a stroller and stray dogs. I wish I could have fast forwarded that part. OH and also, there’s definitely a connection to The Fountains Of Silence in I Must Betray You.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of I Must Betray You is narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Ballerini is a new to me audiobook narrator. I thought his narration came across with a note of gravitas. He made the story feel believable. This book was not a struggle to listen to. I found it very moving and emotionally tough in certain spots. The audiobook is 7 hours and 9 minutes — so a quick way to learn a little bit about recent history.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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