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Summary

The classic story of paradise found - and lost.

Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach - and a new way of life.

What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams. But how long can paradise survive here on Earth? And what lengths will Richard go to in order to save it?

©1996 Alex Garland (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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JUST BRILLIANT

Read the book a few years ago and the audio version is even better. The narration is excellent , just how I would imagine Richard [the teller of the story] would speak. All the accents of the various characters are so well done.

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The film made me hesitate...

but I needn't have. There's enough variation on the movie to maintain a feeling of discovery and surprise. Plus the narration is first class.

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Twisting and turning adrenaline

The story from the point of view of Richard is do thought provoking and dangerous that you will lose yourself in this book

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Excellent narration

Great book obviously but the narration is really first rate. He really brings you into the story and onto the beach..

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  • kmcca5
  • Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex
  • 30-09-16

20 years waiting for this audiobook!

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20 years waiting for this audiobook! I can’t believe it was 20 years ago this came out, it was all the talk of my pals and I one summer when we were all 16. I read the book about 3 times and loved it every time.

The Audio edition is great but only slightly let down by the narrators poor Scottish accent when doing the Daffy Character. I am Scottish and when the accent is butchered I find it irritating. Other than that he did a pretty solid job.

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exceptional

waited a long time for this, and it paid off. incredible book with really articulate narrator!

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brilliant

I loved it, it's an amazing story, much better than the movie, excellent for the summer.

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pretty good

relatively short AB. well narrated. obviously if you have seen the film you will be familiar with the story but as with most books to films, the book has far more depth and is superbly written. really enjoyed it. off to rewatch the film!

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Poor narration almost completely ruins my favourite book

The first book I ever read, and loved from start to finish.

Almost completely ruined by what feels like lazy and uninterested narration.

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very enjoyable listen

a very interesting book which i would definitely recomend to anyone. also had a very good voiseover

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  • Sanni
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Loved the English

All in all an extremely well written book. Didn't care about the characters that much, but I loved the book for the witty language.