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Under the Skin | [Michel Faber]

Under the Skin

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 03-18-14
    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 03-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Enthralling macabre story...unexpectedly good read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Under the Skin to and why?

    Cannot compare as it is the first I have read of this style


    What three words best describe Gerri Halligan’s performance?

    Competent, engaging, clear.


    Could you see Under the Skin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Scarlett Johanssen is already being cast in the lead of the movie I think.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth stepping outside your normal reading comfort zone for this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C.J.R Flanagan Bathurst, Australia 12-04-12
    C.J.R Flanagan Bathurst, Australia 12-04-12
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    "Buy The Paperback Instead"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • T. D. Harvey
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
    9/13/13
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    "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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    3/27/14
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    "wow"
    Would you listen to Under the Skin again? Why?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main character issaley is very complex


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the story makes you think, it is a strange tale


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • knittyboot
    5/15/14
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    "Deeply creepy"
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    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    Kent, United Kingdom
    5/3/14
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    "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.








    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dinah
    United Kingdom
    3/27/14
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    "This Book Will Get 'Under Your Skin'"
    Where does Under the Skin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    '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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Gerri Halligan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrative by Gerri Halligan is very sympathetic; the use of accent and intonation of the character makes the story even more engaging.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by the 'humanising' of the main character as she begins to identify with people and with her environment.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    beara. co.corkIreland
    7/29/14
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    "Awful book"

    This is really a terrible book. Lurid imagination. I was not able to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betty
    Scotland
    7/8/14
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    "Strange, mysterious and raw"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under the Skin to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Skin?

    That would be telling!


    Which character – as performed by Gerri Halligan – was your favourite?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen raynor
    6/19/14
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    "A strangley touching and haunting story"
    What made the experience of listening to Under the Skin the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is briliant, it's very well read and the listener is captivated immediately


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The opening scenes are captivating, don't spoil it for yourself by doing any research on the Amazon books, or reading spoilers in reviews.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A spellbinding tale


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/1/14
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    "A superb Sci Fi one-off; great performance by GH."
    What made the experience of listening to Under the Skin the most enjoyable?

    The reading of this novel was excellent, and the odd accents were perfectly imagined.


    What other book might you compare Under the Skin to, and why?

    Ranks highly as one of my personal favourite SF novels ever. The list includes The Sparrow, Shikasta, and The Kraken Wakes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are considering listening to this book, and don't know much about the story, STICK WITH IT UNTIL CHAPTER 5!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms C Symington
    4/12/14
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    "Expect the unexpected!"
    Where does Under the Skin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the story! Amazingly written, the story unfolds and surprises at just the right pace. Very thought-provoking all the way through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story never fails to deliver surprises. It's a real 'Marmite' story. I think people will either love or hate it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Gerri Halligan?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not for the faint hearted!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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