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The Snakes

A Novel
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"I wonder if it hurts them to shed their skins", she said. She didn't feel afraid standing in the darkness, imagining snakes, even with the smell of death in the air.

Recently married, psychologist Bea and Dan, a mixed-race artist, rent out their tiny flat to escape London for a few precious months. Driving through France, they visit Bea's dropout brother, Alex, at the hotel he runs in Burgundy. Disturbingly, they find him all alone and the ramshackle hotel deserted, apart from the nest of snakes in the attic. 

When Alex and Bea's parents make a surprise visit, Dan can't understand why Bea is so appalled, or why she's never wanted him to know them; Liv and Griff Adamson are charming and rich. They are the richest people he has ever met. Maybe Bea's ashamed of him, or maybe she regrets the secrets she's been keeping.

Tragedy strikes suddenly, brutally, and in its aftermath, the family is stripped back to its heart, and then its rotten core, and even Bea with all her strength and goodness can't escape.

A chilling pause-resister and impossible to put down, The Snakes is Sadie Jones at her best: breathtakingly powerful, brilliantly incisive, and utterly devastating.

©2019 Sadie Jones (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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This books feels very unfinished

All that build up and.... nothing. Let down. I honestly read anything narrated by Imogen Church because she’s the best narrator I’ve ever heard, but this stole couldn’t be saved be her immense talent. I feel like it needed 5 more chapters...

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  • Antonia
  • san rafael, CA, USA
  • 07-12-19

Couldn't stop listening!

One of the most engrossing audiobooks I've heard in a long time. Every scene is a subtle exploration of power dynamics: around wealth, class, violence, sex, language...you name it. OK, the french and American accents aren't great, but overall the narrator is a nuanced actress who positively nails it. The ending was shocking and at first disappointing...then I gave it some thought and realised it could be no other way. Be prepared to fold a lot of laundry or go on a long commute, because this book will NOT release you until the end.

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SLOW AND BORING!

SORRY FOLKS...COULD NOT TOLERATE THE LOW ENERGY, SLOW EVOLVING STORY..AND THE NARRATOR ONLY MIMICED THE WORDS AND THE EMOTIONS INTENDED

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Très faible; a feckless entity that slinks away.

Like the venom-less snakes in the book, this tale lacks the real juice. Much ado over a temporary jolt to the senses, a slight tear to the skin,

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Long and boring

I tried so hard to stick with this book. Unfortunately, I had to finally give up on it. Too many details and takes too long to get to what is actually behind all the mystery.

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Listen!

Excellent story and writing. I recommend!
My only minor criticism is the American accent is a bad mash-up of regional stereotypes.