Listen. All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds. So listen. Remember me.
My name is Hope Ardern, and you won't know who I am. We've met before - a thousand times. I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was 16 years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.
No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous....
This is the tale of a girl no one remembers, and her story will stay with you forever.
©2016 Claire North (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"A mesmerising writer." (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)
"This is the patent age of new inventions"
for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions.
This is a very clever book that manages to entertain while questioning our present as if it was a dystopia in some not distant future. The apps, the test and the tech in general are all now only the inexplicable forgetting is not of this world and some of the treatments, as far as I can remember.
Intelligent and beautifully written, with so many Ideas and questions about humanity and motivations, wants and needs, society and freedom, and how easily we relinquish ourselves to the desire of perfection at any cost.
This a book that travels the world exploring the Ideas and and cultures, tasting foods and ideas exploring the identities we take in a global game.
The main character Hope is complex and likable full of life and vulnerability. So is Byron one of her main contacts, even the enemy is at time humanized with motivations that are more complex than the standard evil of badly made caricatures.
Fast paced with many devices being used to explore language and writing while including the reader in the memory game with beautiful ease, a truly enjoyable book that delivers in many levels.
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”
"Another great concept from Claire North"
She's very clever is Claire North. She writes about people with believable but unconventional superpowers. And she writes about them with pathos and humanity.
This one is about Hope, the woman who everyone forgets.
The performer isn't the best but the novel is riveting.
"Not quite hitting the spot"
When the story is actually happening it's interesting. I found it hard to get past what could only be described as a heavy peppering of really bad poetry at every emotive opportunity.
This book had a lot of good ideas but I find myself looking at it like a cake someone decorated poorly, thinking what a shame. At least it tastes nice.
I'd just read a novel by Claire North (Touch) thought I'd like some more of her work; oh dear, by the half-way point I'd lost the will to keep listening, so good in bits but meanders forever, tedious and a drain, I finally gave up waiting and hit Delete.
"Brilliant concept and intellectually challenging"
I thought the premise for this story was brilliant. Very well written, and read, sometimes quite poetic. It challenges the listener on many levels and you really need to listen. In places I found it's quite profound and philosophically challenging about our perception on trust, friendship and self.
It's also a fun and engaging international thriller / mystery. Love it.
"Excellent novel from Claire North"
North produces a compelling character in Hope Arden. Fascinating back story to her. Well worth a listen.
Claire North's books just get better and better. A wonderful book. Extraordinary plot. Great depth of character and beautifully crafted. Gillian Burke's reading is wonderful as well.
"I loved the concept"
A great story with reflection on human values and the unusual condition of the main character highlights our view of the world.
I have listened to 3 of Claire North's books and I love them.
"Brilliant - and a little frustrating"
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is probably my favorite novel of the last few years - I re-listened to it while waiting for the publication date of this one - and on balance I have found both this new book, the Gameshouse novellas and Touch terrifically entertaining but not quite up to the first book's brilliance. That said, I am setting a very high standard for Claire here, her writing is hugely inventive, her themes genre-defying and her knowledge astonishing.
There is certainly a formula that works for her. Her protagonists have some sort of supernatural "quirk" and go on rather glamorous - almost James Bond like - road trips around the world as the plot develops. This time I found that the combination of thriller and philosophical pondering about the nature of individuality didn't quite gell perfectly. The book luxuriates in its characters and although it is fairly fast paced in the main, some sections feel overlong.
That said, I'd still rather listen to a Claire North book that is not quite perfect than almost any other author, so perhaps I am being a little over critical.
The reader is well-chosen. Hope is of mixed race, and so is Gillian Burke. Her voice has a faint twang to it that is hard to place so that she gives the main character an other-worldly quality that is entirely appropriate. She only loses a star for a rather distracting Scottish accent towards the end of the book that might have been better left unattempted. Otherwise, I enjoyed her epic performance and I'd like to hear her read other books.
Yes. Without reservation. This author writes with imagination; and without fear.
Hope is the character with the flesh, and she is impossible to put aside. She grabs you from the first line and holds on until the end of the book.
I am not aware of this narrator but feels she handles the narrative with ease and empathy.
Remember me....if you can.
This is the fourth of Claire's books I have read and have yet to be disappointed in any of them.
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