This audiobook will open your eyes and break your heart.
It is the story of Emma’s two brothers: the one who died five years ago, Kit, and Jamie, who left home on the day of the funeral and has not returned since. It is the story of their parents, who have been keeping the truth from Emma and from each other. The past is not discussed or acknowledged, until a chance encounter brings devastating secrets to the surface and once again the family must face a crisis which may ultimately save them.
The View on the Way Down captures the insidious, sometimes violent, force of depression and its ability to tip lives into chaos. Gripping, moving, and ultimately hopeful, The View on the Way Down will have you rooting for the family’s redemption.
Rebecca Wait graduated from Oxford University in 2010 with a first class degree in English, having been mentored by the poet and novelist Craig Raine at New College. She’s been writing since she was a child and has won numerous prizes for short stories and plays. Rebecca wrote The View on the Way Down in the evenings whilst working as a teaching assistant the year after graduating. In March 2013, Rebecca thrashed the competition to triumph as a Literary Death Match champion.
©2013 Rebecca Wait (P)2013 Audible Ltd
"The View on the Way Down is a novel that deserves to win awards as well as a huge readership. It’s a wise, honest, wonderful read that marks Rebecca Wait not just as a writer to watch out for, but one to appreciate now." (Daniel Clay, author of Broken)
"The View on the Way Down is deeply moving – yet unsentimental – and profound, and has a family secret at the heart of it that will remain with you for a long time after you finish reading. It is a novel that needed to be written and which will touch many people . . . a fine achievement." (Mark Gartside, author of What Will Survive)
"The View on the Way Down is written with great sympathy and an aching tenderness. Rebecca Wait’s evocative storytelling is alive to the tragedies and miracles of everyday life, illuminating the grey area between protecting and deceiving the ones we love." (Laura Harrington, author of Alice Bliss)
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"The narration is definitely not great"
well-written and well-edited book, very sensitive and eye-opening when it comes to Kit and Jamie's problems. Would recommend a hard copy, not an audiobook though, I found the narration disturbing
would have to say Kit and Jamie, even though Kit didn't have a voice in the book
This is what I had most issues with. With Mandy Weston, everything would be great if only she didn't read Emma so.. inappropriately!
In the book Emma's 14 and 15, Mandy read her parts as if she was 7! I get that Emma is meant to be quite immature but there is absolutely no way a 14 year old girl would speak in such an incredibly childish voice. This made me quite angry throughout the book.
Not to be mean but Carl Prekopp cannot seem to pronounce words correctly. He forgets to pronounce T - and I don't mean in the middle of the words like better, but at the and. So instead of BUT you'll hear BUH and instead of IT you'll hear IH. Okay this could just be attributed to a manner of speech and a specific accent and can be gotten over, however he also mispronounces words like: relationship - you'll hear relachionschip, rubbish - you'll hear rubbich and many many many more like this. I don't know if I'm petty and the only one who notices these things but oh my did it throw me out many a time.
Also sometimes I didn't really enjoy how he narrated some parts of the story, sometimes he would speed up when I thought it wasn't necessary or at the end of one of the chapters, the line was: Brick by brick. Layer by layer. Carl reads: Brick....By....Brick.........Layer....By....Layer. Long, as if to be meaningful pauses.
It was not as bad as for me to stop listening to the book - I was too interested in the plot to do so, but as you can probably tell, it did annoy me a lot.
Definitely would be interesting as a movie.
please just re-narrate
‘The view on the way down’ tells several stories. First of all there is the story of Emma’s two brothers: Kit and Jamie. Kit died five years ago at 23; his death was self-chosen. On Kit’s funeral, Jamie left home and never came back. There is the story of Emma’s parents: Joe and Rose, who live in their own private lethargy since Kit's death. And the story of Emma herself, who is bullied at school and who is beginning to ask questions about the strange atmosphere at home, the memories she has and the fact she never sees her brother Jamie. At the end, the several storylines entangle and the family emerges as one again due to what happens in the present.
What struck me about this book is its serenity. It almost has a 19th century feel. The story evolves, revealing bit by bit the truth about Kit’s choice and the effect of this choice on its family, especially his brother. There are details and hints in the story that reveal a great deal of the characters and their way of dealing with things, so that the drama doesn’t come abruptly, but very serene and intense.
Luckily for me, I don’t like The Simpsons – as I would not be able to look at The Simpsons without thinking of Jamie playing Kit’s favourite DVD of The Simpsons, while Kit slowly falls into a sleep he will never awake from. Kit’s voice also comes alive from beyond the grave when we learn from Jamie the reasons for his self-chosen death through his letters to his father.
I like the letters as it forces the characters to introspection. It is the characters themselves that tell their story instead of the author telling about the characters. Especially the male characters are strong in their vulnerability. It’s wonderful to see how each character acts and thinks from within their temperament.
A book I will not lightly forget because of its profoundness. Well read by both narrators
Have more substance to the book, more of a story line
The mood of this book is very dark. I kept listening to hopefully get to an interesting part, but it never came.
"A moving master piece from start to finish"
Well written, sympathetic and compelling with expertly drawn characters this books lingers in the mind long after it has stopped. It is a well put together audiobook too- well read. But be warned- my house mates came home to find me sobbing as I listened to this book and tried to ban me from listening!
"I may be biased - but this is an exceptional book"
First off, a disclaimer: I am responsible for bringing this brilliant novel to Audible, so I am inevitably biased...
HOWEVER, that doesn't alter the fact that this novel has it all - it made me laugh and cry (a lot) and it is one of the few stories that has stayed with me in vivid detail. Mandy and Carl do a brilliant job bringing the characters to life - and I defy anyone to listen to Carl reading Jamie's letter to his father and not well up.
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