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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (667 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon McGregor Narrator: Dean Williamson Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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On a still and frozen day between Christmas and New Year, a man's body is found lying in his ruined flat. Found, and then taken away, examined, investigated and cremated. As the state begins its detailed, dispassionate inquest, the man embarks on his last journey through a world he has not ventured into, alive, for years. In his wake, a series of fractured narratives emerge as his friends who look on from the shadows, keep vigil as the hours pass.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendy Greenhouse | 2/16/2014

    " Good idea. Just really not my cup of tea. In all honesty don't bother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 2/14/2014

    " I cannot think of any other writer who weaves together language, images and emotions so beautifully. Every line is perfectly and seamlessly crafted. I love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsty | 2/6/2014

    " Incredibly bleak but fascinating novel - really interesting to read something that is written in a totally different style to most books out there. The author does a great job of conveying the personalities of the various characters, despite the sparse language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch Lindsay | 1/30/2014

    " Best thing about the book was the courageous attempt at the narrative style McGregor employs for the novella. Hadn't read a book with this narrative style before and it engaged me for 60-70 pages but then began to lose its grip. Better for a short-story maybe but the narrative style does capture the helplessness the characters feel towards the main protagonist of the story - if there is one. I have read a lot of negative reviews particularly towards McGregor's efforts to capture the bleakness of the towns, streets and homes of the characters which I think is unfair. These places do exist and while they have been explored in a variety of books before; it is maybe the fault of the reader and not McGregor that they have just read too many novels set in these types of areas i.e satellite town, high unemployment, drug abouse etc. Irvine Welsh captures the life of the social underbelly of such areas famously in "Trainspotting" and McGregor's efforts just don't match it. If you want to read something that explores such topics and areas as "Even the Dogs" or "Trainspotting" try "This Road is Red" by Allison Irvine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Safron Mitchelson | 1/25/2014

    " The story of a groups drug addiction and death... but unfortunatly told in a very annoying choppy style, which I didn't enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 1/16/2014

    " Didn't love this anywhere near as much as 'If nobody speaks...' but the story and characters were incredibly dark and memorable. Probably the most depressing book I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merideth Lee | 12/27/2013

    " This was a difficult book to read as it examined the existence of addicts and alcoholics. At times I found it very challenging. Well written and frightening in its observations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catriona | 12/24/2013

    " What a heartbreakingly sad book, but so well-written. A really powerful piece of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 12/22/2013

    " Didn't enjoy it as much as his first book but it was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breda Lynch | 12/13/2013

    " Excellent. One of those rare books that plays on your mind and makes you think before you judge. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 12/4/2013

    " A grim, difficult book about drug addiction and homelessness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 9/21/2013

    " Gritty, and tender and interesting...but...maybe too interesting. I don't know that the experimental omnicient intangible "we" narrator worked for me. I think I wasted to book trying to figure it out rather than enjoying and experiencing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Young | 5/25/2013

    " a very disturbing read and the style is a bit difficult to get in to but on the whole I quite liked it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mick | 9/20/2011

    " Very gloomy but beautiful and insightful. A great novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy L | 8/17/2011

    " A dark, but utterly compelling novel that is Trainspotting for a new generation. McGregor has a beautiful writing style and the characters are all well researched and feel horribly real. A very sad tale that will stay with me for some time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 4/30/2011

    " I hated this book, and that is not something I say lightly. Sheer misery! I actually gave up on it as it was depressing me. "

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

    " very dark book which shows the reality of people cut off from main of society and sufferign with addictions, in parts a bit difficult to understand with things moving around but as book went on was much better and well worth a read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 3/6/2011

    " Not an easy read, but a wonderful book. Terrific writing. Conveyed the lives of a group of people cast aside by society.

    Powerful and vivid exploration of lives lived at the centre of a modern city, but on the fringe of our day to day lives.

    A few wrong choices... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 2/21/2011

    " Not the easiest book to read but well worth doing so. I found chapter 2 almost frustrating to get through with the main character here, Danny, seemingly unable to finish his sentences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie (StephTheBookworm) | 2/9/2011

    " I won this through First Reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/3/2011

    " A visceral and sad story of addiction. The juddering, chopped up, stream of consciousness narrative takes a bit of getting used to, but then it really pulls you into the minds of the protagonists.

    Great book. "

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About the Author
Author Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor is the author of four novels and a story collection. He is the winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, Betty Trask Award, and Somerset Maugham Award, and his work has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is professor of creative writing at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal in letters.