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The Long Take

Narrated by: Kerry Shale
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
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Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

Winner of The Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018

A noir narrative written with the intensity and power of poetry, The Long Take is one of the most remarkable - and unclassifiable - audiobooks of recent years. 

Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can’t return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed film noir to flourish. The Dream had gone sour but - as those dark, classic movies made clear - the country needed outsiders to study and dramatise its new anxieties. 

While Walker tries to piece his life together, America is beginning to come apart: deeply paranoid, doubting its own certainties, riven by social and racial division, spiralling corruption and the collapse of the inner cities. The Long Take is about a good man, brutalised by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it - yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself.

Robin Robertson's The Long Take is a work of thrilling originality.

©2018 Robin Robertson (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Literature noir

A stunning performance of a fabulous lyrical, haunting and harrowing tale. Not for the faint hearted but incredibly powerful and beautiful.

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May give you nightmares

I loved the beautiful writing and this novel brought WW2 and its impact on survivors of combat alive for me in a totally new way. It ranges over three American cities as well as the battlefields of France, reaching into the 1950s and homelessness, hate crime, property development and earthquakes in California. An amazing creation - just be aware that some of the violence is very vividly drawn and may stay with you. Fascinating and unforgettable.

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Utterly Brilliant

Heart-wrenching and beautifully written. I have listened to 3 times in a row. Powerful and beautifully read. A real treasure and a must read. I went on to buy the book and just can't put down.

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Man Booker shortlist

Typical Booker whimsy over plot monologue with little substance but plenty of emotion. On the destructive nature of war, on nations and men.

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