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May 4th, 1970. A week earlier President Nixon has ordered American ground forces into Cambodia to pursue the Vietcong. By the end of the day four students will be shot dead by the National Guard on the grounds of Kent State University. On the other side of the Atlantic, it's a brilliant sunny morning after an April of heavy rain, and at the "Concept House" therapeutic community he has set up in the London suburb of Willesden, maverick psychiatrist Dr. Zack Busner has been tricked into joining a decidedly ill-advised LSD trip with several of its disturbed residents. Five years later, sitting in a nearby cinema watching Steven Spielberg's Jaws, Busner realizes the true nature of the events that transpired on that dread-soaked day, when a survivor of the worst disaster in the US Navy's history - the sinking of the USS Indianapolis - came face-to-face with the British Royal Air Force observer on the Enola Gay's mission to bomb Hiroshima.

©2014 Will Self. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Amazing way to take in this book

I've read the book and had a bit of a hard time keeping up - you really have to concentrate to understand who is speaking or what storyline has suddenly been switched to mid-paragraph.

But the narrator conveyed all that with different voices for each character, asides, songs etc. I don't know what the process was for recording it but Will Self must have been involved to provide insight and explanation. Otherwise I can't imagine how the audio book could have turned out so well.

I highly recommend this for any fan of Will Self.

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For advanced readers

An amazing literature work, super complex characters and storyline. Personally, I didn't find the overall story that interesting, so It was hard for me to enjoy the depths that the writer was able to achieve.