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Marwan Imam

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  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,205
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,822

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

Stellar book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-18

This book sneaks up on you, it starts off ordinary and grows into a fantastic epic time spanning story.

It has time travel like you haven't seen before, an approach to character development that's quite the sight to see. To think how a person that relives their lives can change every time and how that affects the story whole,all wrapped in a nice espionage-esque tale of science, betrayal, revenge and family.

Honestly, the cherry on top for me was the audio performance. Peter Kenny is a master of his craft like no other, the way he inhabits the characters, playing with voices and accents and tone is just masterful. He really brought every single character in this book to life, and was a huge reason why I just didn't want to stop listening (the other huge reason being the gripping story itself)

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh my god

  • By Marwan Imam on 06-26-17

Oh my god

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-17

I have no words about how awesome this book is, just listen to it. All of it. It never ceases to amaze till the final moment in a mix of Sci fi, self mythology all wrapped up in a coming of age story that builds it's core upon a culture you just don't see much of in fiction.

Nalo Hopkinson truly has a unique voice and one that deserves to be heard!

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read, loses steam in the end

  • By Marwan Imam on 12-05-16

Interesting read, loses steam in the end

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-16

It's quite an interesting story, of course there's very little evidence to confirm it. Though it's most probably true given the state of things. Although it does go into the more conspiracy theory territory near the end. While not full on tin foil hat it's still out there.

Then enters what I call the hippie phase tips and tricks where he starts giving out advice that is quite bland (and I doubt that effective) which he calls revolutionary and from someone who participated in a revolution, it feels very meh and simplistic at best.

I fell asleep listening to the last chapter and didn't even bother to go back for it, it was just a list of events with no context.

I think it's the new additions to the book that aren't that good, and the old book was the solid one because it took him quite some time and effort to write, and he was in the thick of things.

As for the writing itself it's quite basic and not compelling considering he's telling a very interesting story it feels like reading a report rather than a work of non fiction literature.