Within the 150 or so pages of this novel, Barnes packs a man's life! In listening to the book narrated by Richard Morant, I felt I developed a better understanding of the main character Tony Webster. He is not a likeable man. A careful listen helped me see more clearly the failings of this man and his inability to "get it".
This was not a fast moving story but it comes together in a way that leaves you thinking about it after it is over. The British accent of the male narrator got on my nerves but that is just a personal thing. I would reccomend it.
This was well written, but ultimately kind of disappointing. I wanted more from it.
The perspective on the main character's life, from his point of view, was the most interesting. The plot itself was listless.
I found the insight into the male perspective from teen to retiree very interesting!
I found the book thought-provoking. It made me think about memories and my perception of events. I found much truth in the quote on page 18: “History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation”
Veronica because she was unpredictable and forced Tony to think.
Very enjoyable listen.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
2011 Man Booker Prize. AWESOME book – a cliffhanger. Sparsely written, very descriptive, evocative, transportive. The ending is a compelling reason to re-read immediately, which, given its short length (150pp +-) is possible. I did. Highbrow, worthwhile – this book singlehandedly has changed my mind about Man Booker winners – I think I can access them!
The narration of this book was terrific, but if you are only going to experience this book in one format, I would recommend that you read it.
*Possible spoiler* The ending of the book causes you to re-assess many earlier scenes to try to fit them in with what you learn, and it is much more difficult to go back to a particular place in an audiobook. In addition, there were many passages that were so well-crafted that I wanted to linger over them, also not possible in an audiobook.
That being said, the audiobook was excellent and I do recommend it, but as an adjunct to the printed word, rather than a substitute for it.
I would not recommend i, but that may be just my taste in books. Others may like it.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, but I found the protagonist very self absorbed, and I just didn't get some of the situations that occurred. It seemed like a mystery story in which the mystery isn't fully solved. Maybe it was supposed to be that way or maybe I just missed the point.
i couldn't stop thinking about my own past and my own processing of memories
A story starts a bit slow as a "coming of age" novel, and then speeds up to a lightening pace with 40 years of life covered in a handful of chapters and before the middle of the book. Just when you begin wondering what the other chapters are there for, the real story starts! All of a sudden, seemingly disconnected events of the author's/protagonist's history become related, change their meaning, get reevaluated and are seeing in a different light both by the author and by the audience. It is fascinating to participate in a self-discovery process with the author, relate to the tricks the memory plays with us, get the insights that are usually uncovered only by accident or after a large investment in a good shrink.
Great, spot-on narration. You will enjoy it, especially after the first 20 minute.