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The classic story of paradise found - and lost.

Richard lands in East Asia in search of an earthly utopia. In Thailand he is given a map promising an unknown island, a secluded beach - and a new way of life.

What Richard finds when he gets there is breathtaking: more extraordinary, more frightening than his wildest dreams. But how long can paradise survive here on Earth? And what lengths will Richard go to in order to save it?

©1996 Alex Garland (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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Loved the English

All in all an extremely well written book. Didn't care about the characters that much, but I loved the book for the witty language.

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  • Michael
  • 12-26-16

The film made me hesitate...

but I needn't have. There's enough variation on the movie to maintain a feeling of discovery and surprise. Plus the narration is first class.

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  • Kate Murphy
  • 08-12-16

JUST BRILLIANT

Read the book a few years ago and the audio version is even better. The narration is excellent , just how I would imagine Richard [the teller of the story] would speak. All the accents of the various characters are so well done.

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  • Lee Calladine
  • 03-07-17

Twisting and turning adrenaline

The story from the point of view of Richard is do thought provoking and dangerous that you will lose yourself in this book

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  • rory
  • 10-03-16

Excellent narration

Great book obviously but the narration is really first rate. He really brings you into the story and onto the beach..

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  • kmcca5
  • 09-30-16

20 years waiting for this audiobook!

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20 years waiting for this audiobook! I can’t believe it was 20 years ago this came out, it was all the talk of my pals and I one summer when we were all 16. I read the book about 3 times and loved it every time.

The Audio edition is great but only slightly let down by the narrators poor Scottish accent when doing the Daffy Character. I am Scottish and when the accent is butchered I find it irritating. Other than that he did a pretty solid job.

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  • Mr JB
  • 07-17-16

exceptional

waited a long time for this, and it paid off. incredible book with really articulate narrator!

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  • Scott Connelly
  • 02-06-18

Poor narration almost completely ruins my favourite book

The first book I ever read, and loved from start to finish.

Almost completely ruined by what feels like lazy and uninterested narration.

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  • Deni
  • 01-26-18

very enjoyable listen

a very interesting book which i would definitely recomend to anyone. also had a very good voiseover

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  • m.cansdale
  • 09-01-17

Loved every minute of this

The story was recreated by the narrator in such a vivid way! Such a great story.

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  • mr
  • 07-30-16

Exceptional

Exceptional story: dark and full of the menace of humanity. Exceptional narrator: Theon from Game of Thrones has all the ascents and a real flair for telling the story how it should be told! Bloody loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-17

The narrator really makes this amazing

All the voices and accents he does really bring this book to life. Strongly recommended!!

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  • Tina
  • 06-29-17

Hard to put down!

Narration was fantastic, good character development and storyline kept one interested. Enjoyed the audio book, much more exciting than reading.

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  • S. C. Townsend
  • 03-24-17

Massively Impressed

Where does The Beach rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book really shocked me. I can't normally reread books or read books that have been made into a film but this was great. It's so different to the book and leaves you reeling at the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jed.
I felt like he was quietly the sane, caring character.

What about Alfie Allen’s performance did you like?

I love Alfie's accent and accents. I would listen to more of his books.

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It was fascinating to listen to such a gradual progression to insanity. I would recommend this to anyone.
Great travelling book too.

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  • jack
  • 03-03-18

5 stars.

one of the few books lately that has grabbed and held my attention since I started till I finished. really a lot less like the movie than I was expecting which was welcomed and refreshing. The depth of writing was also far greater than I was expecting. it actually felt like the perfect candidate for a late high school or university literary essay. Narration by Alfie Allen was superb and he nails all the accents except that of Jesses but I still give him credit for trying.

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  • Veronica Germann
  • 01-15-18

More of a documentary of a young hippie

Far too much unnecessary swearing and blasphemy and very dull. Very drawn out.?
Not a good representation of a very beautiful country. I cannot recommend this book to anyone.

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