An incredibly powerful and unsettling thriller, here is the audio edition of Michel Faber’s debut novel, read by Gerri Halligan.
Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built, and alone?
An utterly unpredictable and macabre mystery, Michel Faber's debut is an outstanding piece of fiction that will stay with you long after you have finished listening.
©2012 Michel Faber (P)2012 Canongate Books
Yes I have recommended it to my book club to stretch us out of our usual comfort zone. The subject matter is macabre and unsavoury, but it's a bit like a road accident...you know you don't want to look but find yourself rubbernecking anyway.
Cannot compare as it is the first I have read of this style
Competent, engaging, clear.
Scarlett Johanssen is already being cast in the lead of the movie I think.
Worth stepping outside your normal reading comfort zone for this story.
Although the story was quite enjoyable, I had to stop listening with 4hrs 36mins left on the recording. The sole reason for this was the cringe worthy attempt at Scottish accents for male characters by a female, English narrator. It became painful to listen to at times, so much so that I found it necessary to sacrifice the rest of the story (which I had become very interested in completing) in order to abort mission and listen to the radio instead, (the only station I could find was running a three hour long 80's power-ballad special, which may give you some indication as to the conviction of my opinion on the matter).
I will however order the paperback in order to see the story through. Faber has done a wonderful job of creating a setting for what is shaping up to be a very dark and unpredictable story. I am very much looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.
"Not sure what to make of this book"
I bought this following a recommendation from a friend. I struggled to get into it from the beginning and found I had to keep putting it aside to listen to something else. I get the commentary the story is trying to convey but I struggled with the execution. I can't really explain what I mean by that without potentially giving something away about he plot. The story itself was an interesting one. I found the main character difficult to like though and that made it difficult to stick with. She became more likable as the story progressed though. I certainly wouldn't advise against reading/listening to this but equally I'm not sure I can recommend it either. I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea.
the main character issaley is very complex
the story makes you think, it is a strange tale
Holy tomoly! Even though I enjoyed this book and it creeped me out completely don't think I'll be listening to it again for a long while. Very disturbing, especially for men I should imagine. Good but disturbing
"A haunting and heartbreaking story"
This is a brilliant book. It is sad and bleak but it managed to grip my attention from the very beginning. The dreary and monotonous A road is vividly described along with the majestic beauty of the Scottish landscape. The main character may not deserve sympathy but you can still emphasise with her physical pain and profound loneliness. This is a story about exploitation and how it de-humanises the victims and the perpetrators. There are parts that I found upsetting and I wished they had turned out differently. I'm glad however that Michel Faber steered his own unique path and the result is a tale that has haunted me for days.
The narration was excellent. I particularly liked the slightly Nordic accent of the heroine which fitted in so well with the landscape.
"This Book Will Get 'Under Your Skin'"
'Under the Skin' is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. All the way through, it held my attention. I wanted to know what would happen next and so had to listen to it at one sitting.
Although this is a combination of a science fiction and horror story, it is a very personally involving story which unravels as a mystery/thriller.
The narrative by Gerri Halligan is very sympathetic; the use of accent and intonation of the character makes the story even more engaging.
I was moved by the 'humanising' of the main character as she begins to identify with people and with her environment.
I am so pleased to have listened to this excellent audiobook with its engrossing story. I am very much looking forward to the film of this story. Having listened to the audiobook will make me appreciate the film even more.
This is really a terrible book. Lurid imagination. I was not able to finish it.
"Strange, mysterious and raw"
I haven't read the print version of this book however I have seen the film it is quite different then the film in that it is Isserley's internal dialoge which drives the book. So you get quite a different experiance although no less powerful or eerie.
That would be telling!
The book was well read and I enjoyed the narration, some of the scots accents (I am scottish myself) were strange but this almost added to the oddness which the Isserley would have regarded them with, so it wasn't an issue.
I felt a lot of sympathey for the main character and the themes explored in the book really made me think a great deal about how they are reflected in our society, it was ultimately a very moving book.
Strange and disconcerting book but also complusive. I listened to the audiobook version of this and loved it. The book seems to be a comment on humanity or perhaps our dualistic nature capable of fine feeling, curiousity and wonder and at the same time of terrible almost unthinking cruelty and inhumaneness in the daily grind of our struggle to survive. Highly recommended!
"A strangley touching and haunting story"
The narrator is briliant, it's very well read and the listener is captivated immediately
The quirkyness of it. I only bought it because it was included in an offer and I put it in the order to make the numbers up! But so glad I did, i really enjoyed how the story unfolded and the unexpectedness of it.
The opening scenes are captivating, don't spoil it for yourself by doing any research on the Amazon books, or reading spoilers in reviews.
A spellbinding tale
It does seem to be one off this, i looked up other books from the author but couldn't find anything that would come close.
"A superb Sci Fi one-off; great performance by GH."
The reading of this novel was excellent, and the odd accents were perfectly imagined.
Ranks highly as one of my personal favourite SF novels ever. The list includes The Sparrow, Shikasta, and The Kraken Wakes.
If you are considering listening to this book, and don't know much about the story, STICK WITH IT UNTIL CHAPTER 5!!!
"Expect the unexpected!"
Loved the story! Amazingly written, the story unfolds and surprises at just the right pace. Very thought-provoking all the way through.
Story never fails to deliver surprises. It's a real 'Marmite' story. I think people will either love or hate it.
As a Scot, listening to the ghastly attempts at various Scottish accents was excruciating! When the story is set in Scotland and calls for Scottish accents, for goodness sake get someone who can do that! She would be fine in another context.
Not for the faint hearted!
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