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Publisher's Summary

Booker Prize-winning author Pat Barker is one of Britain's most powerful contemporary novelists. This eerie story of a troubled family in the north of England lets you experience the full force of Barker's original talent. Filled with startling images and incisive character studies, Another World reveals an uncanny reality where emotions and events from the past resurface in the present.

Nick, his pregnant wife, their unruly toddler, and angry stepchildren have just moved into a Gothic manor in a rough part of Newcastle. Working unhappily together to fix up their living room, they discover an alarming portrait of a Victorian family beneath the old wallpaper. As the sins of that family seep into their lives, Nick must tend to his dying grandfather, who is dealing with his own past failures. Barker skillfully weaves these dark threads together until unspeakable violence seems ready to explode from every scene. Narrator Steven Crossley's mesmerizing performance highlights the novel's haunting quality and the intriguing questions it raises about past, present, and memory.

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Critic Reviews

"Thoughtful, acutely observed and profoundly moving....Barker mixes brilliantly observed contemporary realism and mystical overtones with dazzling skill. The book has the grip of a superior thriller while introducing, with no sense of strain, a sense of sorrowful mortality that lingers long after the last page." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • peter
  • Winchester, VA, United States
  • 12-31-12

can not download file too big

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Could not download the file was not broken apart and so it was too long to download so there is no way I can download and listen to it on the on the only device I have

What was most disappointing about Pat Barker’s story?

Could not download

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Crossley?

Na

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Another World?

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 02-13-07

This was a decent, but unexceptional book

The book ends very strong, but the ending did not quite make up for the weak beginning and moderate middle. The character development was better than most, but not superb. There are numerous images that will stick with me, but overall Another World lacked the richness I look for in this kind of novel. The writing was otherwise good.

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