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Jerusalem Audiobook

Jerusalem

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Publisher's Summary

In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap tower blocks. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative, among its saints, kings, prostitutes and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening.

Through the labyrinthine streets and minutes of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty, of Africa, hymns and our threadbare millennium.

©2016 Alan Moore (P)2016 Recorded Books Inc

What the Critics Say

"Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Jerusalem is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter." (Down the Tubes)

Praise for the author: "His sci-fi detective masterpiece Watchmen made him (Alan Moore) the comic industry's de facto leader back in 1986." (The Guardian)

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    Boggy of Bucks Buckinghamshire 15/05/2017
    Boggy of Bucks Buckinghamshire 15/05/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Stunning, Flawed, Fantastic and Poetic. And a bit long."

    Amazing book and very well narrated. The 'flaws' in the book are, I think, a result of the experiment of writing a 60 hour novel. There is repetition. There is possibly some variation in quality. There's an entire chapter convincingly written and read in a made up, Lucy-Lips creole. But the poetic descriptive passages, the scope and scale of the enterprise, and the love, so evidently held by the author for his setting, completely outweigh any minor gripes.

    This is a love story whose central character is a town. The author mourns his town and rages against the abuses that have been made against it and, chip firmly and justifiably on shoulder, against its historic and continual maltreatment by authority.

    At times you could be listening to James Joyce, at other times Neil Gaiman. At all times, the images conjured by the writing and telling, are what remain in the memory.

    Get this audiobook, stick with it, and I think it will be one of your most memorable journeys with Audible. For me, I am going visit Northampton and walk its streets, visit its churches and drink in some pubs while keeping an eye on the corners and angles.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Diane C. Evans Wales 21/06/2017
    Ms Diane C. Evans Wales 21/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "modern literature at its best"

    I can't sing the praises of this book high enough. An incredible telling of history of the average person from an under privelaged area. Phenomenal story telling from both author and narrator. Loved all 60 odd hours of it. Will definitely read again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Misspelt 15/06/2017
    Misspelt 15/06/2017
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    "What a book, but it's so much more!"

    This is a real effort from an author to put down a vision we can relate to. It's based in reality, though where you'd find it is a different matter! It might seem a long book when you see 60 hours but it does fly by and keep you gripped (the semi-German bit was slightly less easy to follow than is have liked).

    Try it, you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luke 27/07/2017
    Luke 27/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazingly detailed, but personal."

    I was impressed by the sheer length of this story, at 60 hours of listening time. However, every moment of it was intriguing and engaging. It kept me listening through every part of it's many storylines, each as fascinating as the last.
    My family come from Northampton, but I grew up elsewhere, so this was an interesting look at an area that I had little personal knowledge of. It builds up a picture of both the history of Northampton and the individual people who have populated it.
    Now I have finished, I'm tempted to start again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nigeyb Hove, England 21/07/2017
    nigeyb Hove, England 21/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "I'd give it six stars if I could"

    Alan Moore, the reluctant graphic artist (always “comics” to the great man), is more accurately an artist, magician, film maker, illustrator, musician, poet, performer, essayist, journalist, commentator, and all round fascinating human being.

    I had only read 'Watchmen', until now, despite habitually seeking out Moore vids on YouTube and going to listen to him in person whenever he’s in town.

    I’d give 'Jerusalem' six stars if I could, which is not to say that this review is an unequivocal recommendation. I wonder how many readers will have the patience and sensibility to stick with this meandering, sprawling behemoth? Those that do are richly rewarded. The imagination and scope is breathtaking. The quality of the writing is incredibly diverse but uniformly wonderful. It has rocketed into my list of all time favourite books and I will read it again one fine day. I say read it, as I actually listened to the audiobook, all 60 hours of it, superbly narrated by Simon Vance, although I was glad to have a physical copy too which I referred to at the end of each chapter.

    Ostensibly an epic, multi-generational saga of various generations of ordinary working class people, it is also about “everything”: esp Alan Moore’s family, Northampton, Lambeth, time, existence, the afterlife, eternalism, and the multi-faceted universe we live in and, er, everything. Really.

    I read a lot of books and, as I’m now in my mid-50s, I have read thousands in my five and a bit decades here on planet Earth, and this is undoubtedly one of the most memorable and compelling reading experiences of my life. The whole history of humanity is here, yep right up to extinction, and it needs more than three dimensions to contain its scope. Famously is has hundreds of pages covering an infant choking on a Tune (a British throat lozenge). You want a range of different voices and perspectives? You get that, and then some. Chapters written as plays, verse, hardboiled noir, from different centuries, from various historical notables, from different dimensions, from tramps, from fiends, from angels, prostitutes, drug addicts, victims, exploiters, and so on and on it dizzyingly goes.

    If this review gives you the impression that 'Jerusalem' might be inaccessible or difficult then please be reassured it’s incredibly easy to read (the odd section aside, but even those bits all make sense with just a bit of effort), and ultimately it is all so very worth it. Despite the comparisons Joyce's 'Ulysses' this ain't. Imagine a carefully constructed, wonderful four dimensional puzzle packed with all manner of fascinating observations and insights.

    It’s funny, beautiful, profound, ribald, energetic and absorbing.

    In short, a masterpiece.

    6/5

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tompicton U.K. 21/05/2017
    tompicton U.K. 21/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Gorgeous"

    This was an epic story, full of humour, philosophical pondering and poignancy.
    Well worth the 60 hour investment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mr 09/05/2017
    mr 09/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "epic, grand, difficult, wonderful"

    Great book from a great author, a love letter to Northampton, an intricate web of immense complexity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 19/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Modern Epic"

    The best book I've ever heard. This is as huge an undertaking as Lord of the Rings, but instead of orks and elves, this is full of modern day where's & wartime Borough women. Not a single wasted word in it. My filler. Just poetry and magic.

    22 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Swift 26/01/2017
    Mark Swift 26/01/2017
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    "Everything and Nothing"

    Fascinating, Mundane, Exciting, Boring, Erotic, Stomach Churning, Beautiful, Ugly, Wonderful, Ridiculous, Explains everything and is yet unfathomable. Is far too long and not nearly long enough. Everyone should read this.

    21 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    walter 07/02/2017
    walter 07/02/2017
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    "Rich Cosmological Journey"

    Northampton as Axis Mundi. Such a pleasure to read a dark working class history enmeshed in the complexities of spirit, global politics and madness. If you enjoy Thomas Pynchon you'll love this.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful

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