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Touch

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Kepler had never meant to die this way--viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place.

Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley.

Instead of dying Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another, to jump into other people's skin and see through their eyes, live their lives, be it for a few minutes, a few months, or a lifetime.

Kepler means these host bodies no harm and even comes to cherish them intimately, like lovers. But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth--and avenge Josephine's death.

©2015 Claire North (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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    Charlie 07-19-17
    Charlie 07-19-17 Member Since 2017

    No spoiler reviews which reflect my unflinchingly honest opinion.

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    "Surprising Delight"

    I am not sure why I am so surprised by this listen-I thoroughly enjoyed Fifteen Lives of Harry August. That, like this offering, was a cohesive and singular listen. Perhaps it is my general impression that those who come up with something so unique cannot do it a second or third time. North has flaunted that impression.

    I abhor spoilers which always makes reviewing a bit more difficult. Instead of relying on the book report style, as is the case nearly universally these days, I am relegated to amorphic statements which I hope convey the broad reaction I have to individual listens. Touch is a singular listen with a unique premise. I am extremely impressed. Further, it is an exceptionally difficult book to review without spoilers because much of the genius in the writing is, in fact, dependent on knowing and discussing plot devices and storylines. I will do my best to review appropriately.

    North's ability to develop characters cannot be overstated. The hurdle one might perceive at the nature of the primary protagonist is not only overcome, but embraced as a brilliant device to develop a profound connection with the inherent... soul, of the protagonist. We are drawn into their world, riding along with each touch binding us closer together. When reflected through the broader story and underlying message(s), this method becomes increasingly brilliant.

    North appears to be of a singular focus in her writing-she demands that her readers explore the concept of self, age/death, and existence. What is the point of our time on earth? What if we could step outside our necessarily limited view of the universe and perceive it as one unbound by the understood natural laws? Whether she continues this discussion in her more recent work (which I will, without question, be listening to with great anticipation) I cannot say.

    The book clipped along, was cohesive and well written. The action, where it occurred, fit the premise of the book spectacularly. I was fully invested in the characters and while the resolution was not terribly unexpected, it was satisfying. However, the beauty of this listen was, as previously described, the connection to, and development of, the characters. They were achingly well done.

    I clarify my rating scale I have adopted in the last six months or so in each post. A five star book, to me, is one which is cohesively written and performed, unique in its presentation (if not its inherent premise), and is exceptional in every regard. It has to contribute something of import to my life or perception of the world, shift how I see things, if only fractionally. To cause the welling feeling of emotion inside my chest as I listen. In this, Touch has succeeded quite well.

    For perspective, a merely entertaining, non waste of time listen is a three star rating.

    Highest marks and well worth the credit.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-01-15
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    "Remarkable"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator was amazing and the style of writing was amazing. I hadn't read the author's previous book but may try it now. It's a whirlwind of action and emotion. She's created a race of ethereal beings that could exist. This book could make you paranoid. Not me. My life is way too boring. But you...have you lost any time?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Emmett 09-06-15
    Emmett 09-06-15
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    "Fantastic performance, good story"

    The concept was creative and original. Nicely pointing out the differences of such a person.
    The plot started off very novel and entices the listener wonderfully.
    The conclusion was a predictable.

    Peter Kenny nailed it with an absolutely stellar performance.
    I think that this story required a fantastic performance otherwise the book could very easily have been mediocre.

    Ms. North - I really enjoy your concepts and viewpoints. I will look for more of your work in the future. Thanks to both you and Mr. Kenny.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LA Teacher Chino Hills, CA 02-05-16
    LA Teacher Chino Hills, CA 02-05-16

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    "I love Peter Kenny the narrator!"

    The book was wonderful. A great story made even better with the great narration of Peter Kenny! I highly recommend it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alissa ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 01-13-16
    Alissa ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 01-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful and confusing"

    What an amazing concept! Another very interesting premise by Claire North. Lots of jumping, from character to character, some beautiful tragedies, and a stellar performance by Peter Kenny.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LL edmonds, washington, United States 11-03-15
    LL edmonds, washington, United States 11-03-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Tension, Great Characters."
    Would you try another book from Claire North and/or Peter Kenny?

    Yes. For pure pleasure reading, the author and narrator entertain. I do hope the author goes in a different direction if another book is written. This and TFFLoHA were very similar.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Kenny?

    Depends on the book. His style is well suited for this story and this author. I'm not sure how he would do with others, but I would consider it.


    Do you think Touch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I don't care for series in general.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book, but not as well as The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. This felt too similar but just with a twist, so while I enjoyed it, it wasn't different enough for me to rate it more highly. I would recommend this book to someone who likes a good thriller that is unique in well developed characters and plot, but not particularly challenging.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 12-18-16
    Alice 12-18-16 Member Since 2014

    I read about 50 hours of audiobooks per month. I read everything from mysteries to romance.

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    "Slow start, but SO worth sticking with it"
    What made the experience of listening to Touch the most enjoyable?

    Honestly it was the brilliant writing and the narrator that made this book so good that I kept coming back for more. It WAS confusing in the beginning. I actually had to re-read about 3 chapters because I was completely lost and was almost ready to give up, but once I listened to the 3 chapters again where I got lost, I was back on track and really started settling into the story and enjoying the beautiful descriptions of everything that was happening around the main character.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    About half way through, it did....and pretty much all the way to the end. Stick with the confusing beginning, try to pick up what you can, it will make sense in a bit.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

    Oh I couldn't pick one. Peter Kenny is amazing. The old man's voices, the women, the American accents (New Jorsey!), all were amazing. But I think the performance that absolutely blew me away was the part where Janus and Kepler are fighting over the same body and trying to make their own voices heard. Wow. I felt like I was right there, watching it in person. Such incredible acting talent!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Have you been losing time?


    Any additional comments?

    As other have said, the Fifteen Lives of Harry August is definitely a ... happier? book and more satisfying ending, but this book is perfect if you are looking for a great drama. There are some really funny parts as well, when he's trying to get through an airport and bringing someone along with him who doesn't have a passport. I laughed out loud a few times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clarissa Reyes 03-03-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good, but slightly disappointing end."

    The book is very fast paced and so richly narrated you can almost lose yourself in the who's and where's in here. It may just be my preference, but I found that after a certain point I was more in love with the characters than the premise or plot. By the end of this book I had gotten a good feeling of how this was going to play out. I was disappointed because I wasn't wrong. But by the time I was at the end I was sticking around more for the sake of the characters. Premise, Great. Characters, Great. Plot, Good.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Parker 06-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely binge-worthy"

    Imagine a being who only exists within the skin of the flesh and blood people around it. With a quick touch of skin it can move between hosts with the previous host only vaguely aware of a loss of time and perhaps a quizzical change in their surroundings depending on how kind the "ghost" who temporarily wore their skin was in making the change and how long their skin was "borrowed." This is the premise of "Touch."
    We follow the life of Kepler who has learned to live as a ghost over hundreds of years. When a woman named Josephine, whom Kepler has worn with her permission is murdered and Kepler finds that the assassin was sent to hunt down and murder both her and Josephine, Kepler sets out to find out why.

    This book was almost as good as Claire North's other page turner "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August." They're both really fascinating concepts, but TFFLoHA was definitely done better.

    I really like this narrator, he did North's other book, too. I only have one major gripe—his American accent is just atrocious. Thankfully most of this book is set in Europe, so it wasn't nearly as bad as TFFLoha.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    clifford United States 11-19-15
    clifford United States 11-19-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Good, not quite up there with 'Fifteen Lives'"

    I'm a newly found fan of Claire North. Loved her book First Fifteen Lives of Harry August because of the unusual complex story and investigation into its characters.

    Touch is a more complicated story than Fifteen Lives. Its about one of a handful of beings that live by jumping from body to body. They start off life in a human form, but something traumatic happens during death, and they jump into someone else. Then they keep jumping until they die in a host.

    Following the jumping of the characters was hard to pull off. Its done pretty well here. But it was hard to sympathize or relate with the characters here. The story is more muddled than Fifteen Lives as well.

    Worth listening to. Its not perfect. If you like an author thinking outside of the box, & doing it well, this story is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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