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The Second Sleep

Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

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All civilisations think they are invulnerable. History warns us none is. 

1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? 

As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.  

©2019 Robert Harris (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Is Robert Harris On The Decline ?

An enjoyable read but like its predecessor Munich (released in 1917), Robert Harris’s latest novel - The Second Sleep - falls short of the author’s highest standards. Both novels are worthwhile but there is a feeling that the author is going through the motions. The storyline, briefly, is about a priest assigned to a small village in Wessex where a mysterious past is unravelled, following a time shifting apocalypse. Compared to other novels like Lamentation and The Name Of The Rose, this novel is found wanting. Not bad but not a classic.

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  • Toby
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  • 30-08-19

Engaging Story, tepid end

An engaging and original story, loses its way at the end for an unsatisfactory conclusion

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Something different that will make you think...

This story is quite different from Robert Harris and adds another dimension to the Master story tellers range. The narration delivered by Roy McMillan is absolutely superb, he conjures up the mood and pace and establishes Christopher Fairfax as a character that we need to hear from in the future.
A beautifully written story that will make the reader or listener think about the world and the way that we are all evolving.

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Thought provoking novel.

The Second Sleep is an unconventional historical novel. Set in the year 1468 in Wessex, it tells the story of a priest sent on a simple task to perform a funeral in a remote Exmoor village.
But all is not as it seems in this mystery.
A well written book, with superb narration from Roy McMillan. But I feel the plot lacking substance and direction, - maybe this was deliberate. A thought provoking novel indeed, it asks questions of what we see as history, knowledge, civilisation, and the future...

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appeal for a considerd eanding

enjoyable but audible please allow the reader a brief pause at the end to savour the moment before rabbiting on with with the legal crap and hard sell

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Typical Harris- a well-researched page turner

Whatever this author chooses as a subject it is invariably a well-researched and always a gripping read. The denouement seemed a little rushed however, with an almost deus ex machina finish.

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Loved this book.

This was not at all what I expected but I absolutely loved it, could not stop listening. It is a book that I will remember and think about for a long while, a message for our times?!

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Thought Provoking

Very easy to listen to, completely engrossing. Thought-provoking, however often those thoughts are to do with the premise of the book being set in a future with no (obvious) material evidence of the past and so the reader is being asked to suspend belief to get through the story.

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Interesting idea, that doesn't quite deliver.

I purchased this after seeing Harris being interviewed and finding the concept intriguing. While I did enjoy the story, and it was certainly well narrated, I felt it didn't quite follow through on its promise. It seemed to gradually run out of steam, and the ending felt rushed and a little anti-climactic.

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Mediocre

I have read or listened to most if not all of his previous books. I have enjoyed all of them. This one is disappointment. OK, but no better than that.

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  • 16-09-19

Dark, so dark, so well concocted

Read it any review spoils it The best since Fatherland Kicks one's mind and crushes ones hart, making Pandora's box completely empty