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  • The Beach

  • By: Alex Garland
  • Narrated by: Alfie Allen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (657 ratings)

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The Beach

By: Alex Garland
Narrated by: Alfie Allen
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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 Audio

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Absolutely fantastic!

Such a great book! This was my first ever audiobook but has been a delight to listen to. The book is so much better than the film. It’s strange and twisted but is so gripping. The narrator’s use of different voices makes it easy to tell people apart.

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get this book

loved this book. i cant believe i had only ever watched the film. blows it out the water! alfie allen does a great job! just wish it was longer...im off to re listen

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A Wonderfully Dark Tale & Accomplished Narrator.

The Beach transports you to an idyllic island which quickly turns from a tranquil haven into something much more sinister. The story draws you in with an authentic Thai feel & compounds this with compelling characters & an unsettling sinister element.

Alfie Allen does an amazing job; his versatility in performing the different characters is a joy to listen to.

This is one of my favourite audio books: highly recommended!

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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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Absolutely AWESOME!

Hadn’t watched the film or heard the story.
FANTASTIC
Great narration!
Download it now! =D

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Amaze balls!!!!!!

Fantastic and riveting from start to finish. From line one I was hooked on this adventure. The last chapter for me was one of the most memorable of all time, it is very rare that I finish book that I find thought provoking & has me thinking for days and weeks on end. Even years on from reading this book for the very first time, I can't help but from time to time think about the mysterious characters and what their life had in store form them in the future. Also an all time classic narration from Alfie allen

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If you’ve been to Koh Samui

This book is for you! Fantastically performed and animated. Twists and turns and ideas of bliss gone wrong

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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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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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Wonderful book, wonderfully read

I love this book so much and this definitely does it justice. It beautifully narrated.

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