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NOD Audiobook

NOD

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award.

Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no-one has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand can still sleep, and they've all shared the same strange, golden dream. A handful of children still sleep as well, but what they're dreaming remains a mystery.

After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead. One couple experience a lifetime in a week as he continues to sleep, she begins to disintegrate before him, and the new world swallows the old one whole...NOD.

©2013 Adrian Barnes (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Christine 03-22-16
    Christine 03-22-16
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    "I wanted to like it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I saw this at Barnes and Noble and as someone who has insomnia, I was intrigued. I read the first chapter there, then decided to get it on Audible since I commute on Fridays and Mondays about 3 hours and would give me something to listen to.

    I don't like the narrator's voice at all. It annoyed me. I also did not really like the story. I felt like there could have been so much more done with this book. I stopped at Chapter 8. There was still almost 4 hours left of the book and I don't think I'll be finishing it. The other reviews praised this book, but I found it boring.


    If you’ve listened to books by Adrian Barnes before, how does this one compare?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not like it at all.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish it had been better. I love stories of this genre and this was definitely not worth it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    7/5/14
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    "A strange and fascinating end to it all"

    This is a story told from the viewpoint of a man who can sleep when the rest of humanity has lost the ability. It starts gently with his girlfriend complaining about a restless night but then becomes completely gripping with the realisation that something terrible is going on in the world. I was awestruck by the description of how quickly society would disintegrate if such an event happened. This is a tale of madness and chaos and the descent is totally credible.

    The main character is the perfect commentator. He is a misanthrope who claims to dislike people and yet his compassionate description of his girlfriend's horrible disintegration is very moving. On top of that, he is an expert on words and their often mysterious origins, and his musings on what is going on gives an almost poetic feel to this tale.

    The narrator is fantastic. I loved his reading of a Canadian pretending to have an English accent.

    I haven't found any other books by this author so am assuming this is first published novel. I hope he is very quickly inspired to publish another one.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • D. Deeks
    Ipswich, UK
    4/1/15
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    "Melancholic"

    A strange little read, neither good nor bad just strange. Of note, the characters. For a more humorous post apocalypse story try Jam by Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    9/29/14
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    "I stayed in the car till the end of the chapter"
    Where does NOD rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top ten


    What other book might you compare NOD to, and why?

    little hands clapping


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

    I was riveted


    Any additional comments?

    so exciting and worderfully worded, the best book for me this year

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    United Kingdom
    3/27/15
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    "Pleasant find"

    Found this novelette in a hunt for something different and it was a really enjoyable story. The first couple of minutes were a bit off putting but then it picked me up and just flowed really well. Recommend to anyone who enjoys a slightly alternate-reality, mildly horrific tale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Edwards
    1/19/15
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    "Great story, perfectly read."

    This exceeded my expectations. Such an interesting story and idea. Well performed too, I just wanted to keep listening.

    I particularly liked the ending and strangely it made me very grateful to come back to the world and find it as I left it.

    It was a real pleasure and I look forward to further work from this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Martin Houlind
    Denmark
    9/3/16
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    "Another Apocalypse"

    NOD starts out intelligently with meta levels to the story and characters. Unfortunately, it takes a turn down the Alley of Cliches. It ends up like just another "zombie" apocalypse - but with sleep-deprived people taking on the roles as bad guys. Adrian Barnes borrows a little of the crassness of Chuck Paluhniak here and there, but it never gets really dangerous...

    The performance of the novel didn't help much. Most of the time it sounded like a computer reading text aloud, lacking emotion and conviction. Punctuation and pauses CAN be very effective, but not in this performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • annieanne
    8/11/16
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    "Disappointed"

    I gave this a go but just couldn't get into it. Didn't seem to get going

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Elizabeth
    6/1/16
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    "Unusual take on the Apocalypse"
    Any additional comments?

    Well written, absorbing and completely bonkers! I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the writing and the narration through a very strange journey that Is never explained and has no tidy conclusion. That's fine by me to some degree, it leaves the reader more to ponder over. Although I did listen to the final two chapters three times to make sure I hadn't missed something.
    A novel take on the apocalyptic tale and I thought a good listen although if honest it petered out a bit quickly for me and I would have liked a bit more story to round it off more satisfactorily.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SuzyDiamond
    3/27/15
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    "Intriguing and chilling end of days scenario"
    Where does NOD rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A departure from my normal listen, I found this tale of human degeneration oddly compelling. Somehow I hoped that the inevitable decay and fracturing of society would be halted in some way but the author steered away from happy endings to provide a stark tale bringing home just how frail we all are.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    3/19/15
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    "What could possibly happen if we can't sleep?"

    Nod is not normally the type of book i would read. However, it was on a 2 for 1 Audible dead so i took the gamble.

    Its fairly short, which is good in a way. Any longer and it would have suffered a star loss.

    Essentially, virtually everyone in the world is unable to sleep, and this story is what basically happens. I do not know the science behind the lack of sleep over that period of time - but it seems a little stretching.
    Some encounters were fun and interesting - but some just seemed a little daft.

    The audio book was well produced.

    All in all a good story, but nothing to shout out about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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