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Reservoir 13 Audiobook

Reservoir 13

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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs. Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss.

A Guardian Notable Book of 2017.

Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home.

Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed.

The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.

As the seasons unfold there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back, those who come together or break apart. There are births and deaths, secrets kept and exposed, livelihoods made and lost, small kindnesses and unanticipated betrayals.

Bats hang in the eaves of the church, and herons stand sentry in the river; fieldfares flock in the hawthorn trees, and badgers and foxes prowl deep in the woods - mating and fighting, hunting and dying.

An extraordinary novel of cumulative power and grace, Reservoir 13 explores the rhythms of the natural world and the repeated human gift for violence, unfolding over 13 years as the aftershocks of a stranger's tragedy refuse to subside.

©2017 Jon McGregor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Absolutely magnificent; one of the most beautiful, affecting novels I've read in years. The prose is alive and ringing. There is so much space and life in every sentence. I don't know how he's done it. It's beautiful." (Eimear McBride)

"Reservoir 13 is quite extraordinary - the way it's structured, the way it rolls, the skill with which Jon McGregor lets the characters breathe and age." (Roddy Doyle)

"Haunting and heartbreaking - his best yet." (Observer)

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    Suswati 05/06/2017
    Suswati 05/06/2017 Member Since 2016

    Obsessed with psychological thrillers, crime, mystery and dystopian fictions. A good drama now and again. A harsh critic at times.

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    "Poignant but slow"

    This is rather a depressing account about how families and communities attempt to deal with the case of a missing person. In this instance it is about how society moves on with their lives leaving behind the families to deal with it. it is well written with beautiful descriptions but it tends to be quite a slow burner.

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    Carol White 02/06/2017
    Carol White 02/06/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Stay with it."

    Took time to get used to its scatter style but then its magic got to me and I ended up moved and thoughtful.

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    ZedBooks London 23/05/2017
    ZedBooks London 23/05/2017 Member Since 2014

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    "Intriguing and hypnotic"

    I was expecting a much more predictable yarn about a missing girl, but the book took me by surprise entirely.
    The writing is exquisite, the "plot" entirely original and the country lore is both fascinating and amusing -- even educative.
    These are real people in a real village in a real landscape explored on our behalf by a brilliant writer. I will now read everything else he has written.

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    Bee 03/05/2017
    Bee 03/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a detective story"

    Loved this- but then I'm a big fan of those French films in which very little happens. The disappearance, in other words, the ceasing to exist, of Becks serves as a counterpoint to life rolling on in the village. The book is a detailed description of 'ordinary' life, which just keeps on going year in year out. Not a fault, but there is not much exploration of people's inner life, emotion or motivation. In the main the characters just do stuff, go to bed get up and do more stuff and I was left with the sense it's all ultimately pointless-but in a good way!

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    mary 23/04/2017
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    i hated this to start with. I took 4 attempts before I settled into the story.

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