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A Week in December

Narrated by: Colin Mace
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
4 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

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Summary

A Week in December takes place over the course of a single week. It brings together an intriguing cast of characters, each apparently in his or her own world but - as gradually becomes clear - intricately related.

As the story builds to its climax, Faulks pulls together powerful ideas about family, money, religion and the way we live today.

©2009 Sebastian Faulks (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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Really gripping story

I am really enjoying this audiobook. The story is fascinating - we are introduced to several seemingly unconnected characters - and gradually they all fit in to the narrative as it slowly unfolds. Faulks' writing is first rate - his description of how the hedge funds make their money is an education in itself. The great strength of this recording however is the sterling work done by the narrator - Colin Mace. He has to cope with a different voice for each character, and does so brilliantly. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Tim
  • Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • 02-12-10

Not convincing

I'm disappointed to be writing this review, I like Sebastian Faulks (or at least, I did) especially Birdsong and Engleby. But A Week in December is full of difficult to believe characters and pompous moralising, especially on the subject of state education, which Faulks, having being educated at a posh public schools seems to know very little about. Ditto, football. The passages involving the Polish centre forward training at his new premiership team are patronising and excruciating. After having recently read 'The Big Short', a much better book on the financial crash, then even the descriptions of the Hedge Fund manager and his machinations felt shallow and unconvincing.

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Not one of the author's best books

I've read most of Sebastian Faulk's books and am impressed by his versatility across a range of genres. He has written some splendid and moving books, but "A Week in December" is not one of them. Despite an excellent reader, who helps the listener differentiate among the large number of characters, I was confused for the first few chapters as to who was whom as so many were introduced at the start of the book. The book is largely a dystopic commentary on modern urban life in Britain. There are over-long polemics about the genesis of the banking crisis and much about the rise of Islamic extremism. Through the voice of a character who is a writer and critic Faulks airs some of his criticisms of other writers, albeit disguised for those of us not in the know.
The book is made up of several stories running in parallel that hardly impinge on one another and so the expectation is that by the end some connections will be formed. My main disappointment is how the book ends.

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  • Peter
  • Alcabideche, Portugal
  • 10-11-14

More masterful storytelling by Mr Faulks

Any additional comments?

A very enjoyable & entertaining listen. Sebastian Faulk's technique is flawless and I was kept totally enthralled throughout. Highly recommended.

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  • S
  • Peterborough, United Kingdom
  • 08-04-13

Interesting story

This book was an interesting and often enjoyable book to listen to, although I did find the large cast somewhat confusing. It had pace and I liked the juxtaposition of different story lines that sometimes overlapped to give a snap shot of a crucial week in London.

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Mediocre

Fairly typical and predictable story about terrorists in modern Britain. pretty dull really. It's ok but not really very inspiring and listening became a chore rather than a joy.

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Disappointing

This book is cynical, angry and a very difficult read. Every character preaches about something and the narration is flat and lifeless. Very disappointing all round.

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  • Andrew
  • Bolton, Lancashire, United Kingdom
  • 27-03-10

Sheer enjoyment from start to finish...

I have increasingly become a big fan of Sebastian Faulks. This book is my favourite to date. The narrator is perfect and manages to sound different and convincingly so, for each character. Gabriel Northwood is the lone voice of sanity and common decency and gets my vote. Interesting thoughts on "purist" Islam with some excellent living-in-the-real-world balance from the also excellent Farooq. Buy it and enjoy it - almost a book for our time.

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  • chris
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 22-03-10

Brilliant

Deep and entertaining observation of numerous lives inter-twining in 21st Century London, dealing with the topics of the day such as financiers' greed at everyone else's expense, the positives and negatives of multi-culturalism, the disaffection of youth and their escape into extremism and drug abuse, as well as the juxtaposition of virtual and real lives. Interesting, thought provoking and entertaining.

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One of the best this year for me

An absolutely wonderful multi-layered tale of life in modern London, as told through several brilliantly drawn characters. I loved this book!! Colin Mace does a brilliant job of narration. Really kept me gripped from start to finish. Shades of John Lanchester's 'Capital' in here. Highly recommended!

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  • Marlene
  • 21-09-18

Great book - captivating and informative

I’ve just listened to this book for the second time- there are so many layers and ways the different stories connect it will just keep you thinking. What a great writer!
If you like this book, try Faulks‘ ‘Engleby’ as well.