Sarah is a narcoleptic who has dreams so vivid she mistakes them for real events; Robert has his life changed forever by the misunderstandings arising from her condition; Terry, the insomniac, spends his wakeful nights fuelling his obsession with movies; and the increasingly unstable Dr Gregory Dudden sees sleep as a life-shortening disease which must be eradicated...A group of students sharing a house. They fall in and out of love, they drift apart. Yet a decade later they are drawn back together by a series of coincidences involving their obsession with sleep - and each other.
©1997 Jonathan Coe (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"A terrific listen"
I really enjoyed this book and reading and got caught
up in the characters and plot right away. Moving from
one time to another in the same place works seamlessly
and is always intriguing. Would heartily recommend;
anything by Jonathan Coe is entertaining.
"well researched page turner,"
Brings factual reality to life with Narcolepsy. Well crafted, gripping novel. Lyrical language delivered brilliantly on audible. Loved every minute.
All characters were well crafted and realistic. No favourites.
Understated with the right amount of light and shade. Easy to listen to. Character voices well played without being over dramatic.
Yes, both. I have Narcolepsy. I loved the way Coe linked factual content to fiction creating a believable reality with which I could identify. I almost felt part of this fictional 'world'. I had a profound reaction to much of the content. Listening to this alone, whilst driving, I found myself shouting out at plot twists as they unfolded.
Brilliant work of fiction which integrates factual information on sleep disorders. I could see this as a high brow TV Drama.
"Mediocre story and woeful narration"
I'm not sure whether the woeful narration marred what might have been a reasonably good book, but the overall experience was so bad as to warrant my writing this warning to potential purchasers. With so many accomplished narrators reading far superior books, why buy The House of Sleep? Well, the story is quite intriguing I suppose, but I was just incapable of overcoming the narrator's poor performance. Not only is his voice dreary and lifeless beyond belief but his occasional forays into accents are appalling. Give this one a miss!
Spend more time looking for a decent narrator.
Dreary and lifeless
Interesting subject matter and use of language
"The House of Sleep"
I found this a disjointed and difficult story to follow, I found the characters hard to bond with! Maybe I didn't try hard enough to get into it, but it wasn't a listen that I had empathy with in the way it was presented.
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