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Tigerman Audiobook

Tigerman

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Publisher's Summary

Lester Ferris needs a rest. He's spent his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. Mancreu is the ideal place for Lester to relax. A former British colony, soon to be destroyed because of its very special version of toxic pollution. But Lester Ferris makes a friend: a street kid with a comicbook fixation who will need a home - who might, Lester hopes, become an adopted son. But in a place like Mancreu, just what sort of hero will the boy need?

©2014 Nick Harkaway (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"[O]ne of the most enjoyable books I've read in ages... brilliantly entertaining... What a splendid ride." (Guardian on Angelmaker)

"An entertaining tour-de-force that demands to be adored." (Independent on Sunday)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer 11/07/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "nice conceit"

    I liked the mix of plot elements - hubris, nature fiighting back by outevolving us, the manipulated hero. Great fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 26/07/2015
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    "Less than the sun of its parts"
    What did you like best about Tigerman? What did you like least?

    I liked the core concept, and the main character was attractively drawn. However, the story never really came together for me, and the slightly arch and surreal approach to the setting and action jarred. I couldn't quite believe in it all. And the ensuing left me cold. It was like a rough draft of an Iain Banks novel. Writing is competent though, and the performance by Matt Bates is excellent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nick Harkaway? Why or why not?

    I'd be curious to see if this is representative of his style, so maybe.


    Which character – as performed by Matt Bates – was your favourite?

    The central character. Nicely done.


    Do you think Tigerman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It's a self enclosed story to my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    An idea with potential, never quite realised for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Winston
    A Very Cold Place
    24/03/15
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    "Just as Good as Harkaway's Two Previous Novels"

    One often fears what happens when a favorite novelist decides he has something to say: something personal, something political or religious, something other than story. You're afraid the resulting novel will lose the free-form sense of wonderment that made the previous novels so exceptional. Will you be left with an elaborate moral essay? No matter how well-written or correct, such a work would nonetheless, be a bit of a letdown.

    But this is Nick Harkaway we're talking about. No one juggles Life's Big Questions with story arch the way he does. But while spinning unforgettable stories populated by unforgettable characters, his two previous novels were clearly more about brain than heart. He nimbly teased us with moral quandaries amid plot twists racing towards a can't-stop-reading-now climax. Tigerman is different. It offers no doomsday machine or crazy substance that separates matter from what we know about matter. It does, however, have a huge heart. And, I'm happy to report that Harkaway's storytelling talent hasn't suffered under the burden of a tale with more emotional heft than brilliant plot devices. Tigerman is a different type of Harkaway novel, but just as good as anything else he's written.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cath
    Columbus, Ohio
    25/08/14
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    "Slow start - but very touching"
    Any additional comments?

    First of all, the narration is really, really great.

    The story starts out really slow as it eases its way under your skin. At some point it just grabs you and at times is very touching. It gets increasingly hard to put down. I can see why other reviewers might give up before that happens. If you are looking for a "slam-bang roller coaster ride" - skip this one.

    Immediately after finishing, I had to go back and listen to the first hour or so again to put everything in context. It made so much more sense the second time through that part.

    This story will be stuck in my head for quite some time to come. I'm looking forward to the next Nick Harkaway book already (whatever that might be).

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alicia D Henn
    04/07/15
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    "Great story and characters"

    Interesting story. No humor as in Harkaway's Gone Away World, but a rich mix of humanity otherwise. Great characterization. The performance was good. Quite listenable. I would look for this performer again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Reid
    San Diego
    09/05/16
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    "A tour de force"

    Nick Harkaway's Tigerman is one of the most satisfying books I've ever read. Brilliantly conceived and executed with a wonderful narration. I'd rate it six stars if possible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    United Kingdom
    31/07/15
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    "Not as good as his other books, but has merit"
    Would you try another book from Nick Harkaway and/or Matt Bates?

    I've read all of Harkaway's other books and love them. I can't wait for the next one.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nick Harkaway before, how does this one compare?

    This one isn't as good as the others, but to be honest that's a pretty high bar to reach. I did find the characters in this one a little more juvenile--like the Jungian archetypes of a wounded solider trying to make good running around with his side kick. It did have its moments though and is still worth a read if you like his other work.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D. Marie
    26/10/16
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    "Not much of an ending"

    I enjoyed the story, but the ending felt rather abrupt. It seems unfinished. Not as good as I've come to expect from Harkaway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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