Lord of the Flies meets a corporate retreat in this thought-provoking psychological thriller. When 11 rising-star managers attend a mysterious leadership conference in a secluded luxury lodge, they do not anticipate the twisted mind games that await them. As the group exercise progresses rapidly from a friendly election to a dangerous web of no-holds-barred power plays, the players don't realize that soon some of them will be facing the harshest challenge of their lives. The unconventional workshop is about to take a very dangerous turn, testing values and characters of its participants in the most brutal ways and presenting them with the ultimate question: how high a price are they willing to pay for power?
If you enjoy closed-room battle of wills stories like 12 Angry Men or cautionary tale books that delve deep into the nature of power like 1984, Awakening is a novel for you.
©2012 Ray N. Kuili (P)2015 Ray N. Kuili
This is the first time that I have listened to a book by this author and it will definitely be the last! I persevered because I thought it must have a killer twist somewhere but sadly not. I found the synopsis very misleading and the story boring to say the least. Unfortunately, the story wasn't improved by the narrator's monotonous voice. I was relieved to get to the end but I am left asking myself; 'what was the point of this story?'
"Magnificent Audio Book"
Yes, I would listen to Awakening again. It is a riveting story that invites suspense and insight. The narrator does an amazing job leading us into the story while entertaining with his amazing character development.
I liked listening to the narrator, Paul E. Garner the best. His voice is captivating!
High entertainment value.
R.N. Kuili and Paul E. Garner make a powerful literary team!
"Corporate Lord of the Flies."
This was definitely an interesting one. It resembles Lord of the Flies in some ways, although it's a drama rather than a thriller, and it's adults on a corporate retreat rather than children on an island. It's oddly philosophical, and shows a great deal of depth. Unfortunately, that depth gets convoluted with the multiple pov switches, and backstory on too many characters.
The characters that it does focus on, I felt were solid. They had their motives, wildly different personalities, and varied backstories. Had it been focused on one or two characters, I think it would have been easier to follow and added a bit more mystery to it. Still solid characters and story. The only other complaint that I had about the characters were that the females felt like throwaway characters, instead of fleshed out, necessary ones. They felt more obligatory than anything.
There is a bit of mystery in this story, and it's a decent plot, I enjoyed it, but it really is more of a drama about manipulation and societal power. Fluid prose is backed up by easygoing dialog that feels natural if at times unnecessary. I enjoyed the narration and the plot pacing, and I truly believe that this author has a long career ahead of him. With the talent and potential shown in this book, I cannot wait to see what he can do now with a few more years of experience.
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