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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chris S
  • 09-07-18

Surpassed all expectations. Unputdownable.

Ive seen the beach film a few times and always enjoy the fantasy of the storyline so even though i roughly knew what was going to happen it did not make me enjoy this book any less. It is very well written and absolutely surpasses the film. I could not leave it alone and would thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting an easy read to be immersed into a travellers life in Asia.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-21-18

Amaze balls!!!!!! <br />

Fantastic and riveting from start to finish. From line one I was hooked on this adventure. The last chapter for me was one of the most memorable of all time, it is very rare that I finish book that I find thought provoking & has me thinking for days and weeks on end. Even years on from reading this book for the very first time, I can't help but from time to time think about the mysterious characters and what their life had in store form them in the future. Also an all time classic narration from Alfie allen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-21-18

brilliant

I loved it, it's an amazing story, much better than the movie, excellent for the summer.

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  • Patinho
  • 06-28-18

pretty good

relatively short AB. well narrated. obviously if you have seen the film you will be familiar with the story but as with most books to films, the book has far more depth and is superbly written. really enjoyed it. off to rewatch the film!

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-18

Loved it. Superbly narrated.

Loved it. Superbly narrated. Great pace, atmosphere and sense of immersion. Narration was great with a wide range of recognisable character voices.

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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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