Touch

Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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He tried to take my life. Instead I took his.

It happened so long ago, I've forgotten the details. But he was desperate, hungry enough to kill. As I was dying, my hand touched his. That's when my first switch took place.

I looked through the eyes of my killer just in time to see my own body die.

Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone. All it takes is a touch.

©2015 Claire North (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Good book

I did however enjoy The first fifteen lives of Harry August more. The idea of this book is intriguing but the plot becomes a little thin.

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Fast plot, awkward motivations

The performance is great stuff - a voice that manages to keep a measured and androgynous and timeliness quality of narration while cycling through a myriad of male and female characters. North’s plot is original enough (See the ‘Orpheus Ruse’) and driven at breakneck speed. What is a bit more ambiguous is the motivation of the two protagonists, the ‘ghosts’. The villain is defined as a deranged immature girl psyche who is nonetheless capable of very complex machinations. The protagonist is oddly timid in his/her own self-definition, and never credibly establishes why he’d spend the effort to be an ‘estate agent’. It’s the kind of book that’ll make a hit movie.

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Great story, amazing narration

Dynamic, interesting and inspiring. Make you think a lot about mind and body questions.
BUT the best thing is the narration. Just brilliant.

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  • Wras
  • 02-27-15

All Touch but not touching.

An interesting concept that could have been a better book, if only the editor had been more diligent in editing, there is too much repetition and not enough development of the plot, the entities speak of love like Hollywood stars, often but never feeling it, and that makes the reader uncommitted to characters.
The section of the genie and the retelling from the grand daughter are the best achieved story with in the tale it feels like something from The Arabian Nights: One Thousand and One Nights, truly magic and sensual, also bitter and telling of the real depth of the genie's love.
A good second book but not as accomplished as the first book The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. if you like better book about body possession Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief is the one.

The reader was exceptionally good in his delivery and made the book shine with his acting.

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  • Anne L
  • 03-02-15

Not as good as her last

The story is very similar in its general ideas and scope as her first book, which was excellent. However here the lack of truly new ideas and plot left me a little disappointed.

Narrator Peter Kenny was brilliant as ever. Outranks every other narrator I've heard on Audible by miles.

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  • Iain Crockett
  • 03-24-15

Very Jumpy!

I don't know what to make of this book - overall I am disappointed. Once you get past the initial concept that an entity can move from one person to another by touch then you pretty much have it. There is a narrative thread running through the book but because it is being driven by a person that continually changes their bodies, interacting with similar creatures, it gets really confusing.

The writing is crisp and well observed but there is far too much violence with the same scenario being replayed again and again. It is described from the first person which has the effect of making it more more graphic, which I began to find waring. It would have been more effective if we cared about any of the main characters but despite some "flashbacks" to try and build a back story they seem to have no redeeming qualities. Thus when the end comes and a sunset is walked into we can breathe a sigh of relief that it is over!

I bought this on the basis of her first novel the first fifteen lives of Harry August which was clever and engaging but this book seems like an intellectual exercise. The story could have been written in the first person with the same character all the way through like an extended episode of Mission Impossible. I don't know if this is unfair criticism It may be more effective if you read it instead of listening, as i said I am not sure what to think.

Iain

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-16

Brilliant idea

Struggled at the very start to get into it but as the story progressed, i found it very difficult to hit the pause button. Loved the idea, this is my 3rd audio book by this author and can't wait for more. Also love Peter Kennys voice

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  • KathyJean
  • 06-11-16

Brilliantly entertaining

What did you like best about this story?

Excellent characters their personality remains despite their current body.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

Such a good job for an unusual style of book, he kept the personality of the main character despite the changes in accent and gender.

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  • ridiculousGnome
  • 11-15-15

Brilliant

Don't let anybody tell you this is just more of the same. It may use a very slightly familiar mechanism to drive the story but her previous work, which is also brilliant, has none of the heart pounding excitement of this. Clever, thought provoking and edge of seat thrilling at the same time. Bravo!

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  • Michael
  • 10-27-15

Strong concept and well narrated

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Harry August. The characters were not as vivid or warm and the amoral nature of Kepler was understandable but distancing. However it was original, and after an unsteady start, I found the story to be well paced.

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  • Leah
  • 09-04-15

Confusing to Follow

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It was difficult to follow this book. There is a lot of character changes which the narrator preforms well, but there are also many jumps in time which confuses things.
For the first half of the book I was lost not understanding 'when' they were talking about. Maybe the time jumps would be conveyed better if you were reading text?
Story line tied together more at the end though there were some abrupt changes and jumps forward with little to no explanation of the lost time in-between.

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  • Margaret
  • 08-25-15

Hard going at times

Would you try another book written by Claire North or narrated by Peter Kenny?

I wouldn't read another Claire North, but have no problems with Peter Kenny's narration

Would you recommend Touch to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I very nearly gave up on this book: something I rarely do. It improved in the middle but I was pleased to reach the end and found I didn't care much about what actually happened.

What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is a competent narrator but not the best.

Could you see Touch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

It would be possible and might be quite effective if it was in a much simplified form.

Any additional comments?

The concept of 'ghosts' and ' skins' I found interesting and the author had done well with consistency and accuracy in developing her theme. I thought the structure was OK but the overall plot was hard going and often dull or disjointed.

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  • craig
  • 06-08-15

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A complicated twisted tale indeed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Touch?

It's been a while since listening, but in general, The transition of the relationship between the two main characters.

Any additional comments?

More from Claire North please, the 1st 15 of Harry August was great, and this is not too far behind.

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  • Caz
  • 10-02-19

Disappointing and difficult to finish

First, the positives, the narration and the writing style are excellent, but the premise is weird and the delivery of the story is hard work.

Told in the first person, the main character, Kepler jumps from body to body, and supposedly seeks to avenge the death of Josephine whom he purports to have loved and whom was gunned down by a sect hunting these body jumpers (ghosts). Kepler jumps from Josephine's body, leaving her to die as he moves onto another body, as he always does. He claims to LOVE all his bodies, but he uses them and disregards them with impunity seeking only to further his own existence.

The bad guy (or girl) Galileo is ridiculous and unauthentic. The pursuit of him is like a travel diary, and pointless. I am still struggling to understand the inclusion of the old Duke and his daughter, Antonina. What was that part about!?

I loved "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" but I really struggled to get through this book and will be returning it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-19

A great story well told.

The narrator was very good at representing the characters. There were a lot of action scenes which made it difficult to stop listening. A few confusing moments when the story jumped back and forth in time but made sense as the story progressed. A lot of characters involved so you have to stay alert as too who is who. Highly recommended.

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  • Ang
  • 05-15-15

Will not disapoint

Not my usual style of book, but such a fast moving story that although convoluted is easy to follow. Loved it.

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  • Jeremy
  • 04-29-15

Lots of fun but not quite as good as her last

If you enjoyed The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, you'll probably like this. They are similar in theme and have the same (very good) narrator.

Harry August was a man that lived the same life over and over again. This book is about ghosts who inhabit the bodies of people (who have no memory of it) and pass from one to another via touch.

There is lots of action and it's a good story. However, it didn't seem as taut as the Harry August novel and just below it in quality somehow. That being said, it was enjoyable and certainly worth a listen!

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  • Corrin
  • 05-29-15

Fast paced, SUPERB narrator

Great storyline, fast paced (don't let yourself get too distracted while listening or you may get lost). Narration was excellent, would have been a tough job doing so many different accents but was done beautifully. Loved being led on a world tour as i listened.