Some stories cannot be told in just one lifetime.
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message."
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
©2014 Claire North (P)2014 Hachette Audio
In the dictionary, next to the word "bibliophile" there is a picture of me... Ok... it's my dictionary... and I put the picture there.
Good story and the narrator was genius at portraying the various characters. I liked the way it all flowed and came together and I found it to be an interesting plot, however it just wasn't my cup of tea. I got a little bored because I had a difficult time identifying with the main character. I would not fault the author with this though, it is simply a case of not finding every well written character interesting. I think I would have found Charity to be much more interesting.
This book had an interesting premise, and once I got the "flow" down I liked the way the author dealt with time. However, the kalachakras that we spend the most time with have strong sociopathic tendencies--so much so that had I been told that the author was exploring a fictional theory on the reincarnation-based creation of sociopaths, I would have believed it.
Since I had a distaste for the characters, I couldn't engage in their dans macabre or feel any of the pathos the author intended. Yes, the narrator finally reluctantly does what must be done, but how was I supposed to feel a sense of sadness and loss at "the best friend he ever had"--who had manipulated him from day one? Sorry, it left me cold. Really, I've had it with the glorification of sociopaths. Too much of our conceptual space is devoted to their antics.
The reader seemed like he had trouble engaging with the narrator, too. The only good narration he did was with the "other" characters. I kept listening because I tend to finish books unless they are unbearably technically clumsy. Technically, there is nothing wrong with this book (except for a predictable ending). It is the content and execution that just didn't cut it for me.
The most interesting aspect of Harry's character was his vast knowledge from his previous lives. I don't think this was used enough in the story.
I don't think the romantic aspects were explored enough.
No complaints there. He is great.
I guess I am comparing this book to two similar books (Replay and the Time Travelers Wife). I would re-read one of these before reading another book on Harry.
Not sorry I listened. I just don't think it was as good as it could have been.
This is a tough book -- there is a lot physical and psychological torture. The idea is not new, but it is well-done. Excellent narration. That all said, I enjoyed the intellectual challenges. It was like reading Kafka -- a book that ends up being as much about you as it is about the character. More literature than Science Fiction despite the excellent time-travel "rules." It put me in mind of "the Man in the Empty Suit".
While at first the non-linear story telling, jumping back and forth in Harry August's lives, I really enjoyed the pace in the end. It revealed the necessary parts bit by bit and left me wanting more, as any good story should, whilst still leaving me satisfied, as every great book must.
Harry August and the Chronos Club. To emulate the Harry Potter series. Only because I want 6 more books to explore the world Harry August lives in.
It's just damn good. Give it a listen.
The suspense and the way the story was told over the lifetimes but not in chronological order. It kept it very interesting. I couldn't wait to get back in the car to see listen to what happens next.
The subject of living one life over and over is what drew me to this book. There are plenty of movies about time travel and we've all seen Groundhog Day but this book really developed the basic concept well along with some very intriguing explanations. Also the author did an amazing job of unfolding the answers to the questions that came to mind when thinking of living one life over and over again.
He did a great job and wasn't too over the top. He developed the characters well but stuck to the story. I am not a fan of when a narrator over acts while reading a story. Kenny was just the right amount "performance" that allowed me to focus on the story and not just the narrator.
The main character. He meets many characters along the way that all play an important part in the story but Harry August is what makes this book worth listening too. He is a seemingly normal guy at first who does some normal, predictable things but he is also very complex.
An absolute must listen. My go to books are normally murder mysteries and haunted houses/people but this is now in my top 5 listens. I loved every second of it and highly recommend it.
The book just didn't grip me like I wanted it to. I love the premise, but it felt very droning to me.
I'm always willing to give people a second shot. I just wasn't the audience for this book.
I loved the idea behind this, and maybe it would be better if I were reading it myself. Listening to it just wasn't for me.
Whirlwind of excitement.
Harry August is a great character. The author did an amazing job giving Harry a range of emotions and making the audience feel every one of them.
There were so many good scenes my favorite is the ending.
I am not sure a movie could do this book justice. I don't know what my tag line would be.
This is an exciting book definitely worth a credit and the time. I've listened to two books since listening to Harry August and I'm still thinking about The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.
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