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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (99 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Crace Narrator: Maxwell Caulfield Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307748614
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British jazzman Leonard Lessing spent a memorable yet unsuccessful few days in Austin, Texas, trying to seduce a woman he fancied. During his stay, he became caught up in her messy life, which included a new lover, a charismatic but carelessly violent man named Maxie.
 
Eighteen years later, Maxie enters Leonard’s life again, but this time in England, where he is armed and holding hostages. Leonard must decide whether to sit silently by as the standoff unfolds or find the courage to go to the crime scene where he could potentially save lives. The lives of two mothers and two daughters—all strikingly independent and spirited—hang in the balance.
 
Set in Texas and the suburbs of England, All That Follows is a novel in which tender, unheroic moments triumph over the more strident and aggressive facets of our age.

It also provides moving and surprising insights into the conflict between our private and public lives and redefines heroism in this new century. It is a masterful work from one of Britain’s brightest literary lights.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Crace] plumbs the psychological depths of his characters and moves seamlessly from interior fears and doubts to sudden often violent actions in such a graceful and mordantly lyrical manner that the spell he casts is never broken . . . . Mesmerizing . . . . Crace’s prose gets under your skin as it quietly assaults conventional expectations and the sudden possibilities that human consciousness and impulse can both contrive and exploit. In his all-too-human hero on the horn, he captures the human condition in all its sinuous, improvisational and sensual essence. The Providence Journal
  • A psychological novel of ideas . . . . Excellent. The Times
  • All That Follows is written in crisp, efficent prose and Crace's treatment of Leonard is sympathetic and warm, particularly when it comes to his beloved instrument . . . . Crace's women are characteristically strong and vibrant . . . . It is as accomplished as his previous nine novels and is a testament to his craft and versatility. The Sydney Morning Herald
  • The writing is excellent, and the story moves along with a seductive force.  Another fine work from [Crace]. Library Journal
  • Crace sensitively depicts a middle-aged man coming to terms with the choices he has made, missed opportunities and all. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard Bannister | 9/30/2013

    " Characters had no redeeming values. Leaves you not really caring what happens in the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 9/10/2013

    " Tried hard to like this one, but found it too hard to connect with the characters. Author trying too hard to be profound and introspective "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cam | 7/24/2013

    " Didn't like it; couldn't finish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/29/2013

    " Good, but not my favorite Jim Crace. Preferred Being Dead and Arcadia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethspin | 2/2/2013

    " I usually really like this author, but this book was not very good. I really did not like the characters. Or the plot, for that matter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christy Stewart | 1/5/2013

    " Won in first-reads program and it never arrived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 12/27/2012

    " I didn't connect to the main characters, and the plot was too contrived for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige Nick | 4/25/2012

    " Jim Crace, never ever disappoints. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 1/20/2011

    " I have no idea what the point of this. I think it is supposed to be about the relationship between mothers and daughters but it would have been better to not have the primary character be a guy in that case. Pretty weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 11/19/2010

    " A revolutionary-want-to-be who looms larger in his own mind, lacks courage to act until he becomes entangled in a hostage taking due to his own bravado. Lovely exploration of love and self. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 10/23/2010

    " A little too much playing around on the author's part. Several strands in the plot, but none of them terribly well developed, and the relationships came accross as a little to glib. Not a terrible novel, but not a particularly good one either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 8/6/2010

    " Two cheers for the hero - a complete picture of timidity. I found him very appealing and wished that everyone could be nicer to him especially his wife. The plot was rather lukewarm though and I was rather disappointed with some of the writing - I had expected more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 7/16/2010

    " Characters had no redeeming values. Leaves you not really caring what happens in the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christy | 6/25/2010

    " Won in first-reads program and it never arrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 6/19/2010

    " A revolutionary-want-to-be who looms larger in his own mind, lacks courage to act until he becomes entangled in a hostage taking due to his own bravado. Lovely exploration of love and self. "

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About the Author
Author Jim Crace

Jim Crace is the author of over ten novels. Being Dead was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Fiction Prize and won the US National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2000. In 1997, Quarantine was named the Whitbread Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Crace has also received the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He lives in Birmingham, England.

About the Narrator

Maxwell Caulfield is a film, stage, and television actor best known for his roles as Michael Carrington in the 1982 film Grease 2 and Miles Colby in the television shows The Colbys and Dynasty. His other acting credits include the films Gettysburg, The Real Blonde, and Emmerdale