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  • Mrs Death Misses Death

  • By: Salena Godden
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  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Mrs Death Misses Death

By: Salena Godden
Narrated by: Salena Godden
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Summary

Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job, and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death but until now hadn't met Death in person - a Black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen. 

Enthralled by her stories, Wolf becomes Mrs Death's scribe and begins to write her memoirs. Using their desk as a vessel and conduit, Wolf travels across time and place with Mrs Death to witness deaths of past and present and discuss what the future holds for humanity. As the two reflect on the losses they have experienced - or, in the case of Mrs Death, facilitated - their friendship grows into a surprising affirmation of hope, resilience and love. All the while, despite her world-weariness, Death must continue to hold humans' fates in her hands, appearing in our lives when we least expect her.... 

©2021 Salena Godden (P)2021 Canongate Books Ltd

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Not for me, sadly

I managed to listen to the whole thing. There were moments when I thought this was excellent: erudite and beautifully worded. But then I found myself losing concentration and having no idea what was going on. It felt too clever for itself at times.

I loved the synopsis, hence choosing it. The start was so unusual: Death as a Black Woman. Though I have to say: I really dislike the title, the forced wordplay there.

But upon finishing, I couldn't actually tell you what had happened. I would normally stop reading/listening to a book that had this effect on me, but I persevered because I had so liked the sound of this. Yet it kept happening.

Other reviewers give this a very Marmite rating. Lots of people raving, lots very cool indeed, little in between.

I liked the voice of Mrs Death, the author's own voice. But the style of this is going to be 'love it or hate it', and for me, the audio version didn't do justice to the writer's efforts, it was too hard to follow. I wanted to savour the parts I was really enjoying and was not able to.

Maybe one to attempt again on paper.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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Absolutely exquisite

Without a doubt, the most exquisite book I have ever read/listened to. Sublime and perfect.

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Dreamy

Loved hearing this Poet Supreme reading her own written word. Dreamy and poetic. I'm proud to have in some small way to have inspired the main character Wolf. Can't wait to see this as a film.

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Wonderful book, wonderfully read

I enjoyed every minute of this book. It made me feel alive! I'd highly recommend it

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would have returned if i hadn't kept it too long

there's now way to explain it other than: you will love it or hate it - i just didn't get it and possibly am not clever enought to 'get it'
it did get on my nerves, so did the unthinkable, just stopped listening and archived the title.
i don't like leaving bad reviews, but this is too confusing for words. Decided on 2 stars for the lot... so sorry to be unkind as many people clearly like it - average ratings of above 4 stars. That's what i find so confusing - am i just being too stupid to understand? possible. this is only an opinion, therefore not a value judgement - it's personal - and i did not like it.

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Incredible book!

I was blown away by this book. It was not what I expected at all and at points made me sob! Such powerful writing and beautifully read by the author. Highly recommend!

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Breathtaking

For someone who is scared of death, who thinks about death almost every hour...this book has changed my life. Thank you, Selena, for writing this. So many tears shed of happiness and sadness

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Transformative And Loving

I was mesmerised by this book, beautifully read by the author herself. Her voices carried me, challenged me, tickled me, and awed me. This is a brilliant book for anyone who is asking themselves about what life, love, death and fury are all for.

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thought-provoking and fabulous

completely fantastic, Salena Godden has such a way with words and their performance is absolutely breathtaking too.

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Extraordinarily compelling reading performance.

A grim but beautifully written book. A hypnotic read by the author, as soon as you start to concentrate on their voice everything else disappears.

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