Kepler had never meant to die this way--viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place.
Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley.
Instead of dying Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another, to jump into other people's skin and see through their eyes, live their lives, be it for a few minutes, a few months, or a lifetime.
Kepler means these host bodies no harm and even comes to cherish them intimately, like lovers. But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth--and avenge Josephine's death.
©2015 Claire North (P)2015 Hachette Audio
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator was amazing and the style of writing was amazing. I hadn't read the author's previous book but may try it now. It's a whirlwind of action and emotion. She's created a race of ethereal beings that could exist. This book could make you paranoid. Not me. My life is way too boring. But you...have you lost any time?
The concept was creative and original. Nicely pointing out the differences of such a person.
The plot started off very novel and entices the listener wonderfully.
The conclusion was a predictable.
Peter Kenny nailed it with an absolutely stellar performance.
I think that this story required a fantastic performance otherwise the book could very easily have been mediocre.
Ms. North - I really enjoy your concepts and viewpoints. I will look for more of your work in the future. Thanks to both you and Mr. Kenny.
The book was wonderful. A great story made even better with the great narration of Peter Kenny! I highly recommend it.
What an amazing concept! Another very interesting premise by Claire North. Lots of jumping, from character to character, some beautiful tragedies, and a stellar performance by Peter Kenny.
Yes. For pure pleasure reading, the author and narrator entertain. I do hope the author goes in a different direction if another book is written. This and TFFLoHA were very similar.
Depends on the book. His style is well suited for this story and this author. I'm not sure how he would do with others, but I would consider it.
No. I don't care for series in general.
I liked this book, but not as well as The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. This felt too similar but just with a twist, so while I enjoyed it, it wasn't different enough for me to rate it more highly. I would recommend this book to someone who likes a good thriller that is unique in well developed characters and plot, but not particularly challenging.
The book is very fast paced and so richly narrated you can almost lose yourself in the who's and where's in here. It may just be my preference, but I found that after a certain point I was more in love with the characters than the premise or plot. By the end of this book I had gotten a good feeling of how this was going to play out. I was disappointed because I wasn't wrong. But by the time I was at the end I was sticking around more for the sake of the characters. Premise, Great. Characters, Great. Plot, Good.
I'm a newly found fan of Claire North. Loved her book First Fifteen Lives of Harry August because of the unusual complex story and investigation into its characters.
Touch is a more complicated story than Fifteen Lives. Its about one of a handful of beings that live by jumping from body to body. They start off life in a human form, but something traumatic happens during death, and they jump into someone else. Then they keep jumping until they die in a host.
Following the jumping of the characters was hard to pull off. Its done pretty well here. But it was hard to sympathize or relate with the characters here. The story is more muddled than Fifteen Lives as well.
Worth listening to. Its not perfect. If you like an author thinking outside of the box, & doing it well, this story is for you.
I loved this book as much as her other book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. Like that book, you really have to pay close attention while listening to the story. If your mind strays for a moment, you could easily get lost in the complexities of the story.
Clear diction. He didn't attempt to change voices for male/female, which was probably a good thing.
Not as far as I am concerned. The story premise might have been interesting, but it was squandered
It was waaaay too long; the plot could have been condensed in so many places. Felt like I was watching the same movie sequence over and over. The main character keeps asking, "Who's Galileo?" By the time I started Part 2 of the audio, I didn't really care.
Audio book lover with sci-fi leanings
While wonderfully written and professionally narrated, "Touch" left me disappointed after listening to the author's first book "The First 15 Lives of Harry August." The story idea is inspired, but left me wanting so much more as the plot developed. Given the premise the main character can jump bodies at will, I was much more interested in how this concept could be used in multiple situations. However, the plot here developed a limited scope of how this jumping ability could be used and tended to focus more on the emotions and impact such an ability would have. It will be a while before I return to this title in my library. However, I can report the author's third book, "The Sudden Appearance of Hope" is thus far excellent and addresses my interest in how a unique ability could be used in multiple situations.
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