Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master.
To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things?
©2016 Ian McEwan (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
What a blast! A terrifically funny and thrilling murder story, told by an unforgettable narrator. One of the most entertaining books I've read in quite some time: this is Ian McEwan at his mischievous, exuberant best.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Bless me! Here is Rory Kinnear reading Ian McEwan
I have only enjoyed language as much as I have this, with my first reading of Virginia Wolf.
We read or listen for all sorts of reasons. I am 'catching up' on all those decades when I had to get up for work in the morning. Taste does change and still some books can only be read in hard copy to be slowly enjoyed like Nabakov and. I had begun to think like Virginia Wolf. And Ian McEwan.
My choice of genre ranges far and wide and at times takes huge leaps of hope in choosing an audiobook.
Here we have Ian McEwan being read on audio by Rory Kinnear
I will have to find a hard copy though to learn if Ian M wanted a 'bow' to mean a pretty knot or a masculine curtsy. Such (maybe small) things pull up my blissful enjoyment of both story and words being read with so easy a voice.
"One of his best."
One of his best. My favourite living author. Lived up to all expectations. Utterly compelling. Brilliant writing as always.
Absolutely fabulous, fantastic story well told by Rory Kinnear. It is amazingly gripping throughout the whole tale.
"Hamlet From The Womb"
Only Ian McEwan . . . Hamlet from within the womb. It’s just so incongruent that it’s likely it simply won’t work for some readers. However if you can make the not insignificant mental leap of believing in an unborn baby with more sophistication than most of us ever manage (certainly me!) then the sheer quality of the writing carries the day. McEwan is an intelligent and observant writer who includes a lot of commentary about the human condition. His prose is extremely eloquent and the Shakespeare allusions don’t end with Hamlet. Hints of Macbeth raise their ghostly heads too.
The narration by Rory Kinnear is extremely well suited to the book and he delivers both the criminality and the not inconsiderable humour with aplomb. The story itself is actually a relatively simple one that's as old as the hills themselves. It's the unique point of view that sets it apart.
All this taken together makes this admittedly brief novel a satisfyingly original take on an old subject. If you value originality and quality writing then it’s well worth a go, just be prepared for the leap of faith that’s required from the very start.
"A good read (listen)"
I wasn't sure at first how good this book was going to be, but as it progressed I enjoyed it more and more. There are some parts where the baby rambles on a little and I'm wishing it would get back to the story.
It's really a simple story but the fact that it's being told by an unborn baby - quite ridiculous - but a great perspective.
This is so good. I really enjoyed it. The reading was fantastic and really caught the irony and pathos
"In a Nutshell"
Excellent, rolled along lyrically. I was drawn to the descriptions and the plot whuch unfolded while.told by a narrator with an unusual perspective. The narration swept along also. Highly recommended have not enjoyed a novel like it in ages.
Enjoyable but slightly claustrophobic. An interesting concept brought to life with compelling purpose, I'm just not sure I'm satisfied
"Not nearly as clever as it thinks it is"
Not nearly as clever as it thinks it is, even as farce.
All the characters were unlikeable
Including the foetus.
Not sure who this would appeal to!
Thankfully it was fairly short.
"A great book"
I seldom read a book more than once but for the language, the insights into modern life, the 'voices' of the characters and the pace, I would definitely read it again
too many to enumerate
Rory Kenner is a brilliant actor and his telling of this story is perfect. It is not obtrusive (some readers put themselves into the narrative) but clear and well paced.
NO. I wanted to know what happened but didn't want to rush to the denouement, I wanted to savour it and therefore I stopped periodically to think about what I had listened to.
If you like McEwan you will love this!
"Exceptional Narrator, Fascinating Story"
Hooked from the beginning! This is an uncomfirtable tale with no likeable characters, but its compelling. Rory Kinnear is a genius narrator and every word spoken brought McEwan's lyrical words to a most uneasy life!
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