The "Yes Minister" comparisons are justified (and there is some brilliant, hilarious political and bureaucratic satire here), but at its heart, this is the story of a hen-pecked, slightly pompous, middle-aged scientist who finds himself caught up in what seems like an impossible project, and of how this project changes his life. In the process, he becomes an unlikely and rather loveable hero, discovers true love for himself, finds himself both a pawn and then a victim of political spin, leaves his brilliantly horrible wife, and learns to believe in the impossible. And he takes the listener with him in the process.
©2007 Paul Torday; (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.
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Poignant, thought provoking, very funny at times. I read and listen a lot and have been really inspired by this book.
"Funny in a very British kind of way"
The correspondence sections.
There were several. Very high quality performance and production.
It's a great listen if you like understated comedy and a good story.
"Romantic fishing in the Yeman"
Really enjoyed the story. It was a bit annoying about the email addresses, would be good if that was paraphrased a bit. But that's very minor.
This book made me want to go and work for the fisheries.
Loved the PR man. This is how I imaging it is in government.
Excellent narration and exciting story full of facts, insight and humour. Torday is a clever observer of human nature and uses this gift will to create comedic moments within the story. The method of story telling; through a series of diary entries, interviews, emails and memos is fresh and different.
That would ruin the end if the story!
Use if different narrators for different parts is clever
"How to story about creating the impossible."
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. I liked all the characters in this book and how the story builds slowly.
I haven't read a similar book.
I didn't have an emotional reaction to this book and couldn't understand why. On reflection I think it was because the main protagonist being a scientist was level headed and analysed any situation he was in. I liked the man and his logic even when his marriage was falling apart.
"First Audio book"
This was my first audio book and it got me hooked - a gentle story that was easy to listen to and did not require a great deal of concentration to listen to. Recommended for easy to listen to story
"Gentle and entertaining"
The main character was engaging enough to keep me listening to the end. The story was entertaining with a hint of "Yes Minister" about it.
"Really different in a good way"
I really took a risk on this as it isn't the sort of book I usually go for, but so glad I did. What a lovely gentle tale with a bit of an edge as well.
I had heard of the film so decided to try this one out on the recommendations of Audible Listeners.
How glad I am that I did. This is story telling at its best. A slight story, of the dream of a sheik to change a small part of his country for the enrichment of his fellows, and the lives he changes on his way. There's political satire, with some wickedly observed scenes involving a PM and Communications Officer.
The narration is supplemented by character voices which in this case adds to the deliciousness of the whole.
All in all, I couldn't stop listening and didn't want it to end.
I wish that I had listened to this book prior to watching the film because images from the film came into my mind instead of using my own imagination. I did enjoy listening to the book and I loved the way that the narrators really got into the characters heads and portrayed them so well.
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