Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014
Seventy-year old avant-garde composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police outside. His DIY microbiology lab has come to the attention of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid on his house, Els flees and turns fugitive, waiting for the evidence to clear him and for the alarm surrounding his activities to blow over. But alarm turns to national hysteria.
As Els feels the noose around him tighten, he embarks on a cross-country trip to visit, one last time, the people in his past who have most shaped his failed musical journey.
©2014 Richard Powers (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"Extraordinary and confounding... mind-spinning and wonderful" (Independent on Sunday)
"Sweet, funny, sad and haunting... A formidably intelligent, ecstatically noisy novel" (Guardian)
Not necessarily - I enjoyed both, reading on my kindle, then listening on my iPhone while in the car, doing the dishes or gardening! The reading is very good.
How to pronounce complex scientific and musical terms! The sound of the reader's voice is very believable as a representation of the narrator.
It is a bit long for that, but I certainly always wanted to carry on listening.
A really great novel narrated in a thoughtful and appropriate manner. Particularly enjoyable for fans of 'serious' music, science and those with an interest in the absurdities of modern social media, technology, the 'news cycle' and paranoia.
I like a challenging read and quirky story, but the narration of this book was relentlessly intense - as was the story. It wore me down. I couldn't sustain my listening and didn't get far. Not like me at all. Might have helped if I was a classical music buff, but... probably not.
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