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The Empathy Problem Audiobook

The Empathy Problem

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Driven by money, power and success, Gabriel has worked ruthlessly to get to the very top of the banking game. He's not going to let the inconvenience of a terminal brain tumour get in his way. But the tumour has other ideas. As it grows, it appears to be doing strange things to Gabriel's personality. Whether he likes it or not, he seems to be becoming less selfish, less mercenary, less unlikeable. Once he could dismiss the rest of humanity as irrelevant. Now he's not so sure.

Women in particular are becoming worryingly three-dimensional. And none more so than Caitlin, the unremarkable girl he sees busking on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral. When she plays her violin, Gabriel could almost believe that he has a soul.... But as each day that passes brings him closer to his last, has time run out for second chances?

Best-selling author Gavin Extence pushes the envelope again with another thought-provoking and funny novel about the surprises, good and bad, that life can throw at us.

©2016 Gavin Extence (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    2/28/17
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    "Wonderful beyond words"

    This may the story of an unpleasant man dying from a brain tumour, but please don’t be put off by the subject matter because this is enthralling. Gavin Extence uses a hedge fund manager as a modern day bogeyman and creates a redemption story that is as powerful as it is believable. The story covers big themes such as the nature of evil, the restorative power of love and whether people can really change their natures to become a better person. Along with this is a very satisfying story of revenge and reconciliation, all told with humour and style. I particularly enjoyed the backdrop of the London Occupy camp in Paternoster Square. I was working in London at the time and I can vouch for the absolute authenticity of the events described.
    The narrator, Jack Hawkins is perfect for the material.
    I read the Alex Woods book and thought this one was possibly even better. Gavin Extence is a brilliant and fresh voice in the literary world and I really look forward to reading more from him. My only regret is that I have now finished listening to this fantastic story and will find it very hard to follow this up with another book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    9/14/16
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    "A brilliant author"

    The story is good, deep, meaningful and thought provoking. The setting is modern bringing to the fore events which happened during the financial crash whilst touching upon subjects which affect us all.
    A book which leaves you thinking long after it's been read.
    The narration is also excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/19/17
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    "Loved it"

    Beautifully written with very thought-provoking storyline about how illness changes your approach to life. Great narrator as well. Thoroughly recommend this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    United Kingdom
    6/7/17
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    "Totally brilliant"
    What did you like most about The Empathy Problem?

    I loved the characters and the story. Gavin Extence is such a good writer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel - loved his transformation


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending is very beautiful, poignant and sad


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    Loved The Universe according to Alex Woodsand have equally loved this one - fabulous book Gavin!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HazelW
    5/20/17
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    "Empathy galore"

    I loved it. Gabriel's character unfurls like a leaf, his incredible journey is described in a cool narrative style that contrasts starkly with the emotional heat. I literally couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monica
    5/16/17
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    "More than the synopsis suggests"

    My first book by this author and after reading the synopsis I thought this book might be a typical "bad guy falls in love and becomes good guy" story but the good reviews made me give it a shot. In some sense it is what I thought but it's so much more as well. It's not unbelievable and not chick lit romantic, which I was glad of. It's dark, meaningful and thought provoking but still funny, somehow lighthearted in a nonchalant kind of way and an easy read. The narrator was also very good and suited the main character. Glad I went ahead with the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    4/27/17
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    "Engaging & well narrated"

    An engaging read dealing in the authors typically effective style with preconceptions about how we live life and the surrounding events in the City of London. A good story, brilliantly brought to life by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Roberts
    3/24/17
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    "Moving Story"

    An interesting tale, superbly told by the narrator who brings the characters to life. I enjoyed the style of the writing and the way the story evolves. A sad, but also strangely uplifting listen. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drew
    England
    3/13/17
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    "Life affirming without being sentimental"

    I devowered this book over a couple of days. The narrative and the excellent narration make this a superb experience.

    Young hedge fund manager tries to ignore his brain tumour and carry-on making money. The fact that he is lonely and leads a loveless life becomes apparent and he doesn't know whether his increasing interest in the occupy camp, just outside his place of work, is natural or due to his tumour.

    The novel is more than the sum of the plot. It has it all - subterfuge, revenge, possible redemption and an increasing love for the protagonist as he learns feel empathy (and more) for others. All is achieved without sentimentality or hectoring - quite an achievement!

    I'm eager for more by Gavin Extence. He's a wonderful author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M Wadsley
    2/15/17
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    "Wow!"

    Thank you Gavin & Jack. This book will will stay in my memory x

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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