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After her husband is killed, Teresa joins a virtual-reality company, where she finds relief from her grief in other worlds and personalities. Then she enters the mind of Gerry Grove, the town's assassin. As she explores Grove's virtual existence, Teresa is terrified by what she discovers.
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Virtual reality based on real memories
The story is from the point of view of an FBI agent who has been widowed recently. She left the UK as a child and has returned to a small town where a killing spree took place - on the same day that a lone gunman acted out a mass murder in the USA. A coincidence? She's searching for links between the two. There are odd events, out of the blue, that take the mundane into a strange realm - momentarily - then to a quite dazzling climax. The ending is satisfying but I had to revisit the last chapter to fully appreciate what had happened. Priest doesn't do straight forward narratives but that's why I like his books. The audiobook is spoiled a bit by the American narrator's English accent, which were off-kilter.
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I love all Christopher Priest’s books, this is one of the best. I’ve read it twice and listened to it once. I shall listen again. There is so much to understand it takes more than one reading. My favourite book was always The Glamour, but this book may even beat that.
Keep writing, Christopher! I will keep listening and reading your books over and over.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Bit more clarification on plot would have helped.
What about Stephanie Cannon’s performance did you like?
Any additional comments?
A Good book, but not great. Narration is the best thing about it.
- J. Hansen
Good story almost drown in details
The main story is very good. The fist mystifying chapters are extremely good and I think the narrator is just right and does a superb job.
But then we get a lot of scenarios which I am sure fits into the pattern but is quite boring to listen to - esp because many of them are variations of scenarios we have already heard. Also most of the computer inaction is spelled out in detail - in a printed edition I guess you would skip or skim a lot of those, but in an audio book it becomes annoying.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Some people should not narrate books. Me, for example - I'd be very bad at it.
Sadly, so is the narrator of this book. Slow, stilted delivery, inappropriate inflections - I barely got through the first minute.
I can't comment on the story, but I am a Priest fan, so it's a disappointment not to be able to listen to this one.
Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Priest? Why or why not?
Yes. With a different reader.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
By narrating it.
What character would you cut from The Extremes?