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Summary

Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists....

©2005 Hilary Mantel (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Genius of Mantel and Betinck

The genius of the Writer and the Narrator both makes this an all-star book .

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Would you try another book written by Hilary Mantel or narrated by Anna Betinck?

I've listened to Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies so I can't say I would not listen to other books by Hilary Mantel but I will definitely steer clear of any follow up to Beyond The black. The characters were weak as was the book. It may have been better to get it down to about half the size as it appears to be stuffed full of waffle and repetition. The idea may have been interesting, indeed it was the idea that attracted me to the book, but it died in the book. Anna Betinck did her best but there was no way any narrator could have improved the listen.

What will your next listen be?

Adam Bede - George Eliot.

What character would you cut from Beyond Black?

Almost all of them

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Beteljuice by way of Mike Leigh

A great listen. A darkly entertaining story of a medium tormented by her visions and her past in the dormitory towns of the south east. A brilliantly realized imagining of the spirit world if the spirit world existed and was as mundane, cruel and lost as our own. Hilary Mantel's English, suburban and bleak precursor to 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

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LOL

definately a LOL book more a chick flick though but a good listen and read brilliantly narrated

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Different

I always find Hilary Mantels books interesting and this one certainly is! It is completely different to
anything I have ever read before and deals with mediums and the after life! Really weird!
Sometimes hilarious and sometimes very sad.
The narrators were brilliant.
It kept my interest!