Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master.
To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things?
©2016 Ian McEwan (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
A brilliant novel, brilliantly read. Absorbing from the first sentence to the last, this book really is as clever as it thinks it is. Unique, hilarious, thrilling, complex, sexy, multi layered. I listened on a long drive, all in one sitting and when I finished, rewound and started again. Rory Kinnear was perfect, capturing the vulnerable but slightly pompous tone of the foetus narrator.
Not nearly as clever as it thinks it is, even as farce.
All the characters were unlikeable
Including the foetus.
Not sure who this would appeal to!
Thankfully it was fairly short.
beautifully read. a classic McEwan - the master of seeing the world from a new perspective. tense and elegant, dreadful and sublime.
Always up for new listens, particularly crime, thrillers, Nordic noir and historical fiction. Rom Com and chick lit need not apply...
A murder plot with a unique narrator, this is a very clever device that's executed surprisingly well. It's also, through a precocious pre-born's Radio4 habit, a reflection on some of the big themes in last years news and society. Worth a listen.
I seldom read a book more than once but for the language, the insights into modern life, the 'voices' of the characters and the pace, I would definitely read it again
too many to enumerate
Rory Kenner is a brilliant actor and his telling of this story is perfect. It is not obtrusive (some readers put themselves into the narrative) but clear and well paced.
NO. I wanted to know what happened but didn't want to rush to the denouement, I wanted to savour it and therefore I stopped periodically to think about what I had listened to.
If you like McEwan you will love this!
Hooked from the beginning! This is an uncomfirtable tale with no likeable characters, but its compelling. Rory Kinnear is a genius narrator and every word spoken brought McEwan's lyrical words to a most uneasy life!
I couldn't stop listening to this. I have always enjoyed McEwan's style and this was another masterpiece. Totally unique, totally compelling. I will probably listen to it again and again.
Kildonan by the sea
This is an amazing book of the here and now, a snapshot of our present; a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions, a global ringing of bells and sirens of a world drowning in contradictions, of civilizations cultures and religions in full metamorphosys. Will it be a stillbirth? Or will the innocent pay for the crimes of the cognisant?
Human life commenting on humanity and all the demented happenings of today; I wonder if it is too contemporary to survive the future but perhaps it is us or I who will not survive the consequences of the here mentioned and this little Hamlet will continue to “suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” questioning our humanity and our weaknesses and for ever floating into new minds to pose old questions.
A book that needs many reads and much consideration, no word is wasted, no one is safe and all is exposed with incisive commentary and dialog.
The gestation of thought and ideas in a nutshell.
"i wanted more"
beautifully crafted, creative, insightful - i wanted more . I will listen to it again.
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