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A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

Narrated by: Joshua Higgott
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

The acclaimed author of The Ecliptic, Benjamin Wood, writes a novel of exceptional force and beauty about the bond between fathers and sons, about the invention and reconciliation of self - weaving a haunting story of violence and love.

For 20 years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace.

One August morning in 1995, the young Daniel and his estranged father, Francis - a character of ‘two weathers’, of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity - set out on a road trip to the North that seems to represent a chance to salvage their relationship. But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran’s mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son’s life.

©2018 Benjamin Wood (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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I've read previous books by this author and enjoyed them. I was looking forward to listening to this audiobook, but in the end I gave up. It failed to engage me despite my perseverance. Maybe I'd enjoy it more as a book to read, but I doubt it. The narration did little to enhance the content - I'm afraid I can't recommend it.