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Deaf Sentence | [David Lodge]

Deaf Sentence

When the university merged his Department of Linguistics with English, Professor Desmond Bates took early retirement, but he is not enjoying it. But his daily discontent is nothing compared to the affliction of hearing loss, which is a constant source of domestic friction and social embarrassment. In the popular imagination, he observes, deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic, but for the deaf person himself it is no joke.
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Publisher's Summary

When the university merged his Department of Linguistics with English, Professor Desmond Bates took early retirement, but he is not enjoying it. But his daily discontent is nothing compared to the affliction of hearing loss, which is a constant source of domestic friction and social embarrassment. In the popular imagination, he observes, deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic, but for the deaf person himself it is no joke.

It is through his deafness that Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a young woman whose wayward and unpredictable behaviour threatens to destabilize his life completely...

©2008 David Lodge (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd

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    Christine Orpington, Kent, United Kingdom 26/08/2013
    Christine Orpington, Kent, United Kingdom 26/08/2013 Member Since 2008
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this lots. It made me laugh and almost cry!! Great idea - a linguistic expert losing his hearing and coping with the challenges of middle age.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, how he copes with his own flaws, his unsatisfied wife, his ageing father, and his deafness, has a ring of truth. He's really human and likeable and his interest in linguistics adds an ironic touch.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    He was an excellent narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but not really possible as work gets in the way!!


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    Katherine Oxford, United Kingdom 24/12/2012
    Katherine Oxford, United Kingdom 24/12/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining, but with a serious message"

    This book is an interesting mix of the humorous and the serious. It really brings our attention to how deafness is viewed in our society - we tend to find it irritating rather than having compassion for its sufferers. There are definitely a few cringe-worthy moments in there, and it is well narrated.

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    JonBoy Suffolk 20/09/2012
    JonBoy Suffolk 20/09/2012 Listener Since 2011
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    "Easy to listen to but a bit dull and uneventful"

    This story was easy to listen to but in the end it was rather dull and dour. Nothing of great note occurs, we expect some interesting climax to all the loose ends but just get death and disappearance. It's fine for a basic listen but don't expect to be thrilled.

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    pam warrington, United Kingdom 10/07/2014
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    I bought this book as the 'blurb' sounded quite interesting. Something a bit out of the norm. However, although it wasn't a bad book, I found it a bit of a struggle to keep any interest going. I always finish books when I buy them but in this instance I was getting quite bored and just wanted to get to the end in order to read something else. The characters were insipid and I didn't really care what happened to them.Nothing actually seems to happen and the small 'plot' with the student was unrealistic to say the least.

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    I listen to audiobooks for entertainment. Oftentimes I find they stay with me, perhaps subtly changing how I view some experience or other, but this one really jolted me at several points. It's not a remarkable plot. Spoiler alert. He goes deaf, then gets back some of his hearing. His father dies. He has an annoying student. Middle age is tedious. His marriage is difficult, and he works on it. What is worthwhile is what the narrator tells us about his experience. There are passages that are absolutely delicious. When I finished the book, I was utterly shocked and thrown into grief.

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