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- By: Nathan Hill
- Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
- Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.
- By Will J Bailey on 24-05-17
Clever and very entertaining
I found this hugely entertaining, vast in its sweeping coverage, often in forensic detail, of the topics of grief, dysfunctional family life, online gaming, 1960's US political history and more. The clever and intricately woven plot line jumps backwards and forwards in time but at no point loses its way. The main characters are brilliantly realized as are the supporting cast, especially the truly disturbing amoral Laura and poignant, virtual world addicted Pwnage.
Yes, perhaps at times the descriptive passages are overly long but this is more than compensated for by the author's sparkling style and humorous observation.
Ari Fliakos' superb narration only adds to the enjoyment of the whole. I can't wait to see what the very talented Nathan Hill writes next.
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The Devil in the Marshalsea
- By: Antonia Hodgson
- Narrated by: Joseph Kloska
- Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels, and coffeehouses to the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies.
One of the best audio books I've chosen recently
- By D on 28-10-14
Promising but flawed.
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This is very well researched and an enjoyable, fast-paced story but I felt the writing lacked depth and would have benefited from better editing . It was sufficiently engaging however, for me to try the next in the series providing Audible sorts out the sound track. My listening enjoyment of the book was really marred and my patience sorely tried by the awful and too often repeated musical refrain.
The standout character for me was not the hero,Tom, but Samuel Fleet, a sophisticated and genuinely enigmatic character who I wished has been at the heart of this novel and indeed in future books in the series. I particularly liked the selected bibliography of source materials at the end and the integration of real and imagined characters.
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