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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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    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 8 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 8 people found this review helpful
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    Clarissa 03-03-15
    Clarissa 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 9 people found this review helpful
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    usernamenumber 09-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterfully written and read"

    I read this after reading and loving North's earlier book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. Like it's predecessor, it's hard to say much about Touch without spoiling. Suffice to say the premise is equally original, if thematically similar, compared to Harry August, and on a technical level it may be superior. Some of the action sequences are dizzying in their complexity, and yet North portrays them both clearly and with the urgency they are due. That is not to say that the book is just action. It is a character study first and foremost, and has that most essential quality of the "from the monster's point of view" book of both portraying its protagonist, a ghost who survives by possessing humans, willing or otherwise, sympathetically, and never letting you forget its fundamental otherness, all without hanging a lampshade on either effort. Finally, no review of this could be complete without noting the stellar performance of Peter Kenny, who absolutely outdoes himself here. Every character is given a distinct voice and acted with a conviction that pulls you in without ever upstaging the words themselves.

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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lexie Sterling 05-09-17
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    "Great book! Loved it!"

    I loved everything about this book. This is my second book by this author & performer and I loved them both. This was an exciting and gripping tale. I know people in the cars beside mine wondered what I was listening to on my commute. Love!

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    TW 05-01-17
    TW 05-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "good but with some reservations"

    I thought the beginning was confusing and may be easier to read than listen as it is easier to go back in books for cross reference. The concept is interesting and while sometimes one wishes you could "switch", the author does a nice job of putting forward all of the moral and ethical issues that would be involved. I didn't like the main character as much as some of the reviewers as i had a hard time getting around the parasitic nature of the being. Overall good, not great

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    M. Boyer 12-28-16
    M. Boyer 12-28-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Trekkie 11-10-16
    Trekkie 11-10-16
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    "Pay attention!"

    I loved this book as much as her other book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. Like that book, you really have to pay close attention while listening to the story. If your mind strays for a moment, you could easily get lost in the complexities of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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