As Trafford Sewell struggles to work through the usual crowds of commuters, he is confronted by the intimidating figure of his Parish Confessor. Why has Trafford not been streaming his every moment of sexual intimacy onto the community website like everybody else? Does he think he's different or special in some way? Better than his fellow man and woman? Does he have something to hide?
Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where what a person 'feels' and 'truly believes' is protected under the law, while what is rational, even provable is condemned as heresy. A world where to question ignorance and intolerance is to commit a Crime against Faith.
Ben Elton's dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a confessional sex obsessed, self-centric culture to create a world where nakedness is modesty, ignorance is wisdom and privacy is a dangerous perversion. A chilling vision of what's to come? Or something rather closer to what we call reality?
Well to be honest the story is a cautionary tale about societies addiction to ones self! So for me this book was hard to read/listen to it has some very crude language and talks about sex in a very demeaning way. I found it very tasteless and provocative. The story could've been great I really thought it the author could've written a better story with some of his ideas. I felt the author sees the absolute worse in people! And that's what I had in the front of my mind the entire time with this book.
Ben Elton has a talent for seeing past the surface of things to the reality lurking beneath. In "Dead Famous" he showed us how little reality there is in Reality TV. In "Chart Throb" he exposed how the outcomes of TV talent shows are manipulated. In "Blind Faith" he shows us where we may get to if current trends in attitudes towards privacy, intellect, and the dominance of passionate opinion over factual analysis continue.
I've found previous Ben Elton books to be fun as well as insightful. He uses wit, humour and careful observation to make me smile at the gaps between the world as it is presented to us and the reality that he uncovers.
"Blind Faith" is not like that. "Blind Faith" is so in your face and so horribly plausible that it make "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451" feel like light-hearted romps. Watching the plot unfold made me feel as if I were rubbernecking on a car wreck: the nice part of me wanted to look away but the reptile wrapped around my hindbrain was fascinated by the reality of the disaster.
"Blind Faith" is set in a post-flood near-future London, where the people are packed together so tightly there is only room to shuffle, not enough to walk. Social media are always on in your living room. Privacy is regarded as the kind of deviant behaviour only pedo pervert would need. Cherry-popping videos are part of everyone's online bio, laws are set by mass vote, a populist, live it large church guides all decisions, reading is illegal and vaccinations are seen as a lack of faith in God.
In the midst of all this, an ordinary man, trying to do his best and being overwhelmed.
This is a memorable book but it is not a comfortable read. The text began to make me feel as hemmed in as the characters in the novel and as overwhelmed as our hero. Ben Elton offers no comfort and no solutions, just a brutal warning.
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Where does Blind Faith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
A diverting enough book
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
A humorous dystopian fable. An odd mix. Part 1984, which was clunkingly refererenced meets Hello magazine.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Could do. Elton is a pacey writer
Any additional comments?
I like Ben Elton's writing. This is not his best work but it is his usual style.of humorous and observational with some grotesque thrown in. The story has a few nice plot twists and some.of the characterisation is.strong but overall most of.the.antagonists are.one.dimensional. Had a bit of a.screen play feel to it. Overall a good listen but not Elton's best but still good. Very well paced. Thank Samsung for the weird punctuation of this review!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book embodies the nightmare society we are on route to becoming... With social and ecological ignorance growing to mammoth proportions we should be giving this to senior students across the nation... Be forewarned fast-laners
A fabulous addition to any eclectic library a read that can suit so many minds..
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
No. It's so well written that it made me depressed about the future of humanity.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Which character – as performed by Glen McCready – was your favourite?
He was superb but, as a result, he made the story more painful.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, the scene when the office was welcoming a new member of staff. It chilled me to the bone and I knew the characters were going to be too horrible to stand listening to.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
once again Ben Elton proves he's one of the greatest authors ever. yea I said it, greatest authors EVER
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
my first Ben Elton and probably won't be my last. gripping fiction novel about blind faith
Extremely entertaining and thought provoking! Although it was written several years back, the events of 2016 have made this book seem more relevant than ever. 1984 for the 21st century!
A wee bit close to the bone. I like Ben Elton's work and this also drew me. He has better out there, but this was good. Well performed and a good story. Would recommend it but it is not one of his better pieces - in my view.
He sees people and development for the future. This is taking dumbing down to the extreme.
I love this book, which is why I downloaded it for my free trial. Unfortunately I did not feel that the narration fitted the story. I'm currently trying to figure out how to exchange it.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Not really futuristic and not much happens in the book. It feels as though BE came up with couple lines and then had to drag them out to make a book. Having said that it still keeps you listening.
0 of 5 people found this review helpful