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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (958 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Lelic Narrator: Charlotte Parry, John Curless, Elizabeth Jasicki, James Clamp, Colin McPhillamy, Patricia Connolly Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781449828356
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A former journalist, Simon Lelic caused quite a buzz in the literary world with his stunning debut. A Thousand Cuts is a mesmerizing novel that explores the horrifying consequences of discrimination and bullying. Samuel Szajkowski, a recently hired history teacher, walks into his school with a gun and murders three students and a colleague before turning the weapon on himself. What follows should be an open-and-shut case. As Detective Inspector Lucia May begins digging, however, she discovers a toxic culture that drove a teacher to desperation. But before she can reveal her findings, she must overcome the rampant sexism of her colleagues, and confront two people who wish to suppress the truth. Unfolding as a series of interviews with witnesses and survivors, A Thousand Cuts is brilliantly performed by a full cast of Recorded Books narrators. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George Ilsley | 2/20/2014

    " I picked this one up when I was crushing on The Facility; that is, before I had reached the point where the more I read, the less I liked it. So I was prejudiced to not like this one, and while I admire the narrative voices, this novel did not achieve anything. I did not believe the character, Inspector May, who seemed like an naive innocent who had just wandered into her job. I wished the individual chapters had names identifying the voice, so I would not have to work at guessing who was speaking (that seemed especially gimmicky and trying to be too clever. Why make the reader do all the work?). The plot symmetry of having Lucia May experience the bullying and harassment at her work place seemed forced. Is any of that enough to make a police inspector sympathetic to a school shooter? You must be nuts. Quit your job, find another line of work: bringing a gun to a school assembly is not an option. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danette | 2/17/2014

    " Had a hard time getting through this one. Boring. So I did the only thing I knew how to do - read it in one day just to be done with it. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna | 1/28/2014

    " Good book about an awful subject. Liked the main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Waven | 1/26/2014

    " The jacket reads "stunning debut novel" and Lelic delivers just that. Sharp, witty, by turns both humorous and chilling, the story of a school shooting evolves into something much deeper and more complex than a simple tale of mental instability or revenge. Unfolding through people's testimonies and the experiences of the protagonist detective inspector, we find a morass of touchy subjects - respect and responsibility, politics and pressures, indecency and individual limitation. Vivid and often uncompromising, Lelic navigates deftly through in search of truth and justice. I was very much impressed by this novel, especially as a debut, and any criticisms I might have are easily eclipsed by my commendations. Bottom line, this is an excellent read headed straight for my favorites shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/22/2014

    " This one has stuck with me, particularly the story of Felix, whose mother tells a Detective that not one single person will remember her son once news of his death has passed from the media. The Detective in question is investigating a horriffic school shooting: a bullied teacher brings a gun to an all-school assembly addressing the bullying beating of an underclassman. Rifewith moral questioning, this story, told in alternating chapters between the Detective's first-person experiences as a harrassed woman in the Police Bureau, and the one-sided interviews of subjects spoken to regarding the case, brings issues of bullying, respect, and responsibilit to the fore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morrigan | 1/18/2014

    " Very well done and hard to imagine that this is a first book. Despite each chapter from a different point of view each character is well developed. I would recommend this book whether you are a Mystery fan or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Elwood | 1/9/2014

    " A thought provoking read, I enjoyed the concept and the style of writing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 1/5/2014

    " A pretty depressing book about bullying in school, life and police. not a lot to make things seem better but quite powerfully written. First book I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Irwin | 12/26/2013

    " I thought this was an amzing book. An unusual style, telling the story from differentperspectives through witnesses, with the central character holding it all together. Should be read by all to see the effect of constant harassment in and out of school. A few lessons would be learnt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rona | 4/8/2013

    " wow...that is all I can say..very explicit story about the horrors of bullying..told in a very different manner, one sided interviews with those involved in the case..highly reccomended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Keefe | 11/5/2011

    " A little slow moving in beginning.. but a great story.. another sad killing that could have been prevented. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 5/4/2011

    " A Thousand Cuts is a book that illustrates such deep seated cruelty on many levels. From the students to the principal in charge of the school, we see a portrayal of bullying which is both different but terrifying. A must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/30/2011

    " Interesting subject matter....who is responsible for kids who bully and are bullied?
    Did not like the narrative style. It was hard to follow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nadine | 4/28/2011

    " I was unable to continue reading this book- it was not what I had expected and I was not blown away by the first 50 pages- therefore it will not be finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 4/17/2011

    " The author takes a contemporary theme, bullying,gives it an unexpected twist to explore how many factors come together to create a tragedy. Good, subtle writing, well drawn characters. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ervin | 3/27/2011

    " i dont really write what i think about books but this was a very very very good book catches your attention right from the beginning and it carries you all the thru hope to see more from this arthur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 3/8/2011

    " Lelic's debut novel is not to be missed. I couldn't put it down. Readers will never look at bullying the same way again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 3/7/2011

    " The ending, hyped up in reviews, left me feeling it was lacking...oomph, or a bigger disclosure. "

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About the Author
Author Simon Lelic

Simon Lelic is the author of three previous novels: Rupture (winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the John Creasy Debut Dagger), The Facility, and The Child Who (longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012).

About the Narrators

Charlotte Parry is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. She made her Broadway debut in the 2000 Tony Award–winning revival of The Real Thing and has also appeared in stage productions of As You Like It, Pygmalion, and The Importance of Being Earnest. She has performed in several Broadway plays, including the revival of The Winslow Boy and The Importance of Being Earnest.

John Curless is a theater, film, and television actor. He has appeared on Broadway in Journeys End, The Sound of Music, and The King and I and off-Broadway in Passion Play, Comic Potential, and The Entertainer. His film and television credits include Vibrations, Ed, and NYPD Blue. His audiobook narrations have been awarded two AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Elizabeth Jasicki is an actress, voice-over artist, and narrator of audiobooks. She is known for her role in the film Merry Christmas and her performance in the critically-acclaimed video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony. She has narrated numerous audiobooks, including How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling and The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen.

James Clamp is an award-winning voice actor, earning his first AudioFile Earphones Award in 2011. Originally from London, he currently lives in New York.

Colin McPhillamy was born in London to Australian parents and now lives in New York. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His first job as a professional actor was at the remote Little Theatre on the Isle of Mull where he performed a solo version of Henry V playing some 40,000 parts, including both the French and English armies. He wrote an account of this experience, and it was broadcast on BBC Radio.