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Harvest | [Jim Crace]

Harvest

As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. Over the course of seven days, Walter Thirsk sees his hamlet unmade: the manor house set on fire, the harvest blackened, three new arrivals punished, and his neighbours accused of witchcraft. But something even darker is at the heart of his story, and he will be the only man left to tell it…
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As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. Over the course of seven days, Walter Thirsk sees his hamlet unmade: the manor house set on fire, the harvest blackened, three new arrivals punished, and his neighbours accused of witchcraft. But something even darker is at the heart of his story, and he will be the only man left to tell it…

©2013 Jim Crace (P)2013 Recorded Books LLC

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  • Peter Hope-Jones
    Edinburgh
    12/15/13
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    "A good (maybe great) book poorly read"
    What made the experience of listening to Harvest the most enjoyable?

    This timeless narrative is very well written, with evocative descriptions of a rural English world that is long gone but deeply embedded in our cultural psyche. I enjoyed it while listening to this short book, but have been surprised how much it has stuck with me - I've often found myself thinking back on it.


    What didn’t you like about John Keating’s performance?

    The reading performance I found distractingly bad - possibly the worst I've experienced yet. I found his voice and some of his pronunciations (e.g. 'manny' instead of 'many') irritating, and whenever he did a voice for a character he seemed to put on the same exaggerated squeeky village simpleton voice. This is clearly a matter of taste though, as others have rated the performance highly.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read/listened to 3 of the 6 books on the 2013 Booker shortlist so far, and I think this would have been a worthy winner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    10/30/13
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    "Very good."

    I love it when a novel takes me to a place or time that's new and unknown to me, and 'Harvest' certainly did that. The vague impressions I have of that period in British history, around 1800, when the aristocratic landowners were able to clear the common lands of the common people, in order to use the forests for the much more profitable rearing of sheep, were brought to wonderful, brutal life by the author.
    What I like about this novel, though, is that there are no innocents. The village is ancient, but not venerable; it's not a bucolic paradise but a closeted little world with harsh justice and a stagnant gene pool. The indigents may be innocent of the crimes they're accused of, but they're unforgiving and vengeful in the end; and the landlord, and his people, are, for better or worse, responsible for preparing the way for the industrial revolution and our modern world ... So we're all found wanting in this tale. It's well narrated (though the narrator's idiosyncratic pronunciation of 'cloth' as 'clorth' was distracting) and I'll definitely be searching out more of Jim Crace's work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    Chester, Cheshire, United Kingdom
    9/18/14
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    "Wish I had read rather than listened to it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I struggled to get through the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As other reviews mentioned, the narrator really detracts from the book. The pace of the narration is odd, the pronunciation of certain words distracting. It is hammy. Most importantly for me, his voice didn't seem to fit the character. The novel is written in the first person, so this is important.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a fascinating novel, with some really acute observation. But I wish I had read it. I would have been really inspired by the descriptions of the village and a way of life that was dying - as it was I felt irritated by the ponderous and self-important narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BX
    UK
    5/16/14
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    "Interesting story, shame about the narration!"
    Would you listen to Harvest again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to this recording again. Although Keating has an excellent voice his irritating, pause filled delivery almost stopped me listening. Had it been a longer story I would definitely have given up and bought a hard copy to read myself. I checked another of his recording wondering if this was a style he adopted for this particular story and although it wasn't as extreme, I know I couldn't listen to another story read by him. Such a pity I would have liked to hear some Benjamin Black stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Master Kent and the narrator Walter Thirsk were the most interesting simply because we knew more about them. They were also the people you hoped would perform some act of defiance. In the end Walter did commit a final act which could be interpreted as defiant but wasn't really, it was more out of respect for one he would have liked to call friend.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He really interrupted the flow of the story by imposing his own rhythm. To be clear I'm talking about John Keating not Walter Thrisk!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was very difficult listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vauxhall Hoosier
    London, UK
    2/4/14
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    "Good book, bad reading"
    Would you try another book written by Jim Crace or narrated by John Keating?

    I would avoid anything narrated by John Keating. His reading seriously detracts from this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the rich textures of period life in a small farming village.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He reads each sentence as a grand, portent-laden pronouncement, even if he's just describing a hat. It's tiring and ruins the pace.


    Was Harvest worth the listening time?

    Just - the characters and story are interesting up to a point. Then it seems as though Crace isn't sure how to finish the story and wrap things up, so he hurries through a set of unexpected and unbelievable events.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • janice
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    2/3/14
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    "Puritan Times, Community Crimes."
    Would you listen to Harvest again? Why?

    No, once was enough. Quietly unnerving tale about guilt, outsiders and vengeance.


    What other book might you compare Harvest to, and why?

    I never compare books.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    I found his delivery tedious at first but as the story developed I fell in tune with the character. I thought his performance, like the story was memorable.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Wetherby, United Kingdom
    1/22/14
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    "Goes on a bit, disappointed"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Found this book a bit boring and too much explaining and not going to the actual story, have given up on this one, disappointed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Crace again?

    Nice voice


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Keating’s performances?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Reading, United Kingdom
    10/29/13
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    "disappointing..."
    Would you try another book written by Jim Crace or narrated by John Keating?

    Having tried and not finished a couple of other Jim Crace books, I tried again as it was a hot favourite to win the Booker prize. But again I couldn't connect with the story and this was compounded by the irritating and slow narration. Obviously not my cup of tea...


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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