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Jerusalem Audiobook

Jerusalem

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Publisher's Summary

In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap tower blocks. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative, among its saints, kings, prostitutes and derelicts, a different kind of human time is happening.

Through the labyrinthine streets and minutes of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty, of Africa, hymns and our threadbare millennium.

©2016 Alan Moore (P)2016 Recorded Books Inc

What the Critics Say

"Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Jerusalem is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter." (Down the Tubes)

Praise for the author: "His sci-fi detective masterpiece Watchmen made him (Alan Moore) the comic industry's de facto leader back in 1986." (The Guardian)

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  • Boggy of Bucks
    Buckinghamshire
    5/15/17
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    "Stunning, Flawed, Fantastic and Poetic. And a bit long."

    Amazing book and very well narrated. The 'flaws' in the book are, I think, a result of the experiment of writing a 60 hour novel. There is repetition. There is possibly some variation in quality. There's an entire chapter convincingly written and read in a made up, Lucy-Lips creole. But the poetic descriptive passages, the scope and scale of the enterprise, and the love, so evidently held by the author for his setting, completely outweigh any minor gripes.

    This is a love story whose central character is a town. The author mourns his town and rages against the abuses that have been made against it and, chip firmly and justifiably on shoulder, against its historic and continual maltreatment by authority.

    At times you could be listening to James Joyce, at other times Neil Gaiman. At all times, the images conjured by the writing and telling, are what remain in the memory.

    Get this audiobook, stick with it, and I think it will be one of your most memorable journeys with Audible. For me, I am going visit Northampton and walk its streets, visit its churches and drink in some pubs while keeping an eye on the corners and angles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/19/17
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    "Modern Epic"

    The best book I've ever heard. This is as huge an undertaking as Lord of the Rings, but instead of orks and elves, this is full of modern day where's & wartime Borough women. Not a single wasted word in it. My filler. Just poetry and magic.

    20 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Swift
    1/26/17
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    "Everything and Nothing"

    Fascinating, Mundane, Exciting, Boring, Erotic, Stomach Churning, Beautiful, Ugly, Wonderful, Ridiculous, Explains everything and is yet unfathomable. Is far too long and not nearly long enough. Everyone should read this.

    19 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Diane C. Evans
    Wales
    6/21/17
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    "modern literature at its best"

    I can't sing the praises of this book high enough. An incredible telling of history of the average person from an under privelaged area. Phenomenal story telling from both author and narrator. Loved all 60 odd hours of it. Will definitely read again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misspelt
    6/15/17
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    "What a book, but it's so much more!"

    This is a real effort from an author to put down a vision we can relate to. It's based in reality, though where you'd find it is a different matter! It might seem a long book when you see 60 hours but it does fly by and keep you gripped (the semi-German bit was slightly less easy to follow than is have liked).

    Try it, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Si
    UK
    6/5/17
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    "Wanted so much to like this"

    Minutes into this audiobook I thought I had found something special. An epic, surreal fantasy with the scope of Tolkien and the literary proficiency of M John Harrison.The plot wove complex strands and the characters intrigued. Twelve hours in we were still going strong until everything changed.

    For reasons I cannot fathom the writing style dropped suddenly out of adult surrealism into a sort of pantomime parody, like a child's bedtime story, and the sweeping scope of the narrative became a granular, second-by-second examination of the actions of a particular character. And it went on and on. And on, and on, hour after hour of puerile banter and jaw-clenching trivia, until I could take no more. Not even the gold-standard narration of Simon Vance could convince me to continue, it was excruciating.

    So there I left it. 20 hours in and I can take no more. What a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nero5
    ELY, United Kingdom
    6/4/17
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    "Northampton Accent Fail Spoils Bold Epic Novel"

    Simon Vance tries out some interesting accents in this book: they swoop across parts of the Midlands and sometimes he adds in sounds that seem to hail from further north but Vance is very far from replicating the rather odd accent of Northampton, which is a great shame, given that this novel is a quirky love letter to the town.

    (I've lived there and in the surrounding county of Northamptonshire which is different again accent-wise) There must be a few competent actors who hail from the town who could do better than this. But you are just getting a Midlands / Northern wash.

    N.B. Alan Carr comes from Northampton and is a pretty good example of the accent in many ways. I'm not sure he'd have been right either!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tompicton
    U.K.
    5/21/17
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    "Gorgeous"

    This was an epic story, full of humour, philosophical pondering and poignancy.
    Well worth the 60 hour investment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    5/9/17
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    "epic, grand, difficult, wonderful"

    Great book from a great author, a love letter to Northampton, an intricate web of immense complexity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • walter
    2/7/17
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    "Rich Cosmological Journey"

    Northampton as Axis Mundi. Such a pleasure to read a dark working class history enmeshed in the complexities of spirit, global politics and madness. If you enjoy Thomas Pynchon you'll love this.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful

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