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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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I can't deal with Peter Kenny's Narration

I seem to be in the minority here, but the narration made this one unlistenable for me and I had to get it in print. The narrator has this weird thing where he sort of chops sentences apart, saying a couple of syllables with such violence and rigour that it sounds like he's about to jump out of his chair and have a seizure. You could have a sentence that read, "I looked at the sky, and it was blue." This narrator would say, "I LOOKED!!--at the sky!--and it was BLUE!!!." Seriously, I can't take it. Please just settle down!

To be fair, this trait of his is not quite as pronounced in this book as it is in some of his earlier works, but after trying to listen to him in Andrzej Sapkowski's Blood of Elves, I now hear it in every sentence he says. It's less severe here than it was in that one, but it is still there, and I can't deal with it.

I think this is a good story, but the audiobook is going to have to go back.

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Repetitive

Would you ever listen to anything by Claire North again?

Probably not

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

Clear diction. He didn't attempt to change voices for male/female, which was probably a good thing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not as far as I am concerned. The story premise might have been interesting, but it was squandered

Any additional comments?

It was waaaay too long; the plot could have been condensed in so many places. Felt like I was watching the same movie sequence over and over. The main character keeps asking, "Who's Galileo?" By the time I started Part 2 of the audio, I didn't really care.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great concept

Claire North (aka Catherine Webb) is quickly becoming an author climbing the ranks of my favorites list. She has a unique voice and creates worlds that blend nightmares and wishes into thrilling adventure.

In Touch we meet Kepler our protagonist, a being that moves from body-to-body with just a touch of skin. “Have you been losing time?” A few minuets here or an hour there? Kepler is a Ghost, a near-immortal species that moves from body-to-body, taking over life after life. All the while the host body has no idea anything has happened. One minute they are shanking hands with a stranger the next hours, weeks, months, even years have passed and their life is upside-down.

Kepler is genderless, ageless, and able to take over the body of anyone. Kepler doesn’t choose bodies for money, or fame like some might. No, instead Kepler prefers bodies that don’t have pains and aches. Kepler takes care of his hosts, always leaving them in a better position then when he found them. But the dead body of Josephine Cebula changes everything.

The thing that this book does, maybe unintentionally, is challenge sexuality and gender in a new way. The Ghosts, once probably human, can be any person, gender, race they want. There is also a major theme in the book, LOVE. The love of oneself, love of others.

This is a dark and thought provoking novel, and exquisitely written. If you are a fan of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (and if you’ve not read that, please jump on it) then you’ll enjoy this book as well. It’s a thrilling and unexpected journey with no limits on time or the human race.

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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?

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  • LL
  • edmonds, washington, United States
  • 11-03-15

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.

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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 9 people found this review helpful

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A ghost hunting killers

Kepler is a ghost, a being who, when he was beaten to death in a filthy alley, with his dying impulse reached out to touch his killer's ankle--and found himself looking down at his own dead body, out of his killer's eyes.

That was few centuries back, and Kepler can hop from body to body when ever he needs or wants to. He doesn't intend harm to his hosts, and even comes to cherish them.

Then one of his hosts is brutally assassinated.

The killer wanted Kepler dead, but killed his host, Josephine Cebula, even after realizing Kepler had jumped. Why? He needs to find the truth, and avenge Josephine.

What follows is a terrifying chase across Europe and America. There are other ghosts, some who have been friends of Kepler's, or, arguably, business associates. Others are definitely not friends.

At least one is perhaps insane, perhaps just evil, but either way a threat to other ghosts. Because this ghost has committed multiple mass murders over decades, if not longer, an organization of what might be called ordinary humans, determined to wipe out the ghosts. The killer ghost, dubbed Galileo, has its own unknown plans.

Kepler tells his story out of order, moving forward from the death of Josephine, while also jumping backwards to earlier formative or relevant experiences. In the end, we know everything that Kepler knows, but we don't know it all in the same order. Sometimes this is challenging to follow.

It's not a perfect book, but it held my interest and attention

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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Awesome book

I loved this book her writing is amazing and she brings you into the story allowing you to feel and see what the characters are you going through. The way she writes keeps you wanting more. I just have to say wow amazing amazing book.

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Wow! A story like no other!

A wonderfully new idea in fiction- the life of a transient being lost bed by leaping from life to life. A character study. A mystery ! An action adventure. A suspense tale. Beautifully constructed and exceptionally well read. Looking forward to hearing it again.

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Story after a few chapters begins to unfold.

Beginning hard to follow but stick with it and will see where going in the end.