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Summary

It’s 2:15 a.m., you��re in bed alone and you’re woken by the phone.

Your eyes are wide and your body tense before it has completed so much as a single ring. And as you wake, in the tiny moment between sleep and consciousness, you know already that something is wrong.

Only someone bad would call at such an hour. Or someone good, but with bad news, which would probably be worse.

You lie there in the darkness and wait for the answer machine to kick in. Your own voice sounds strange as it tells you that nobody is there but that a message can be left.

You feel your heart beat. You listen. And then you hear the one voice in the world you least expect . . . your very own Blast From the Past.

©2011 Ben Elton (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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Wonderful Book, wonderfully read.

Quite aptly for the story; I first read this book as a teenager and absolutely adored it. I never came back to it in later life for fear that it wouldn't be as good as I remembered or the politics would seem outdated... but 20 years later this book is still phenomenal. I appreciate it all the more for being a little older and wiser and Eltons wit is still as cutting and relevant as ever.

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Great Suspense

The atmosphere and plot time scale created a good deal of intrigue. Good twist and vehicle for storytelling. Dark film noir.

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Very unusual story brilliantly narrated

Having really enjoyed one of Ben Ton’s other books I thought I would give this ago. It’s very unusual with nearly all the story being just in one room between two people but is well conceived and the extreme language of the protagonists is very enjoyable, especially as their voices are so well narrated. I enjoyed the book and recommend it, especially to those who remember the politics and culture of 80s to which there is much reference.

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not the usual Ben Elton a little darker than usual

interest ing story in particular if you remember the cold war era and Greenham common

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Lacks substance

One of Ben Elton's early works. Lots of repetitive dialogue, of the "will she, won't she" and "will he, won't he" type. No real plot development. Not really worth listening to.

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Another cracker from Mr Elton

loved it full of surprises right to the very end...ready for a sequel? Top story beautifully told by Michael Malony. Ben Elton is very readable and even better to listen to. 9/10.

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Notable narration

As ever this is a tightly pulled together piece of work by Ben Elton; comedy, observation and politics in equal measures. Feels rather like a draught stageplay, which keeps the structure especially tight.
Anyway, the main reason i am prompted to submit a review (something not done before), was that the narration was outstanding. The very different voices were wonderful without veering into stagey. If you like clearly delineated voices this is one for you (If this is your thing can i recommend Mark Gattiss's brilliant OTT reading of his novel 'The Vesuvius Club', which is still my favourite in this respect.)

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  • 07-10-11

Ben brilliant as always

Witty, funny, satirical, topical, intelligent as always. Even though I'm not particularly interested in American military goings-on I read/listen to everything Ben writes and enjoyed this one as much as all the others. Never found a subject he can't make entertaining.
Narration not great though - the male lead sounded nothing but sinister in a kind of camp,comedy fake way - kept reminding me of the actor who plays the guy in the wheelchair on Family Guy.

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