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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,583 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Faulks Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sixteen-year-old Jacques Rebière is living a humble life in rural France, studying butterflies and frogs by candlelight in his bedroom. Across the Channel, in England, the playful Thomas Midwinter, also sixteen, is enjoying a life of ease and is resigned to follow his father’s wishes to pursue a career in medicine.

A fateful seaside meeting four years later sets the two young men on a profound course of friendship and discovery—they will become pioneers in the burgeoning field of psychiatry. But when a female patient at the doctors’ Austrian sanatorium becomes dangerously ill, the two men's conflicting diagnoses threaten to divide them and to undermine all their professional achievements.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A collage of science, ideas, romance, and adventure…Fascinating.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Epic in scope, yet suffused with intimate emotions, Sebastian Faulks’ seventh novel is one of those rare works of fiction that satisfies on every level.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Passages of gruesome and thrilling anatomical detail and episodes of medical casework [make Human Traces] read like the best detective fiction.”

    USA Today

  • “Complex and engrossing…A leisurely, enjoyable read…always credible and humane.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Sebastian Faulks brings together the lives of two fictional young men, Jacques Rebière and Thomas Midwinter, who meet at university in 1880, during psychiatry’s infancy. The would-be ‘mind doctors’ become fast friends and start a clinic but eventually disagree over the treatment of a patient. Jacques believes the unconscious holds the key to insanity while Thomas believes mental illness is genetic. Narrator James Adams keeps exhaustive sections of exposition, lengthy descriptions, and tedious conversations moving forward while skillfully maintaining the details of the historical period. Adams offers credible period diction, recounting nineteenth-century views on the treatment of dementia, hysteria, and schizophrenia, as well as drawing a horrific picture of the conditions in a “lunatic asylum.” Faulks’ content is ambitious, and Adams’ performance is admirable.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Faith | 2/15/2014

    " Took a long time to finish this one... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 2/9/2014

    " Read it some time ago. An interesting insight to the beginning of modern phycology! Typically a little pretentious from S.F. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Natalie Maria | 2/9/2014

    " This was the second book of Faulk's I have read, the first being Engleby which I absolutely enjoyed. I found Human Traces quite laborious to read, not just because it is very large but because it seems, at times, quite obvious and tedious. Perhaps this is partly due to the era in which it is set (late 1800s to early 1900s) and the language this subsequently calls for; and that the fact that the book is very long - but these things shouldn't matter t an engaging story. I couldn't help asking, at the end, what the point was... no real singular substantial statement seems to be made. Faulks does, however, bring up some very interesting historical, philosophical and psychological points, ideas and discussions. I almost had the sense that the fiction which all this was wrapped up in (although it is based somewhat on actual historical events) was a superlative vessel, and that the 'fact' itself was more interesting than the fabricate story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steve Pendray | 2/6/2014

    " I normally enjoy Sebastian Faulks and much of this book was up to his usual standard. However, it contains 3 or 4 extrremely long discussions of highly detailed psychological argument. While these were interesting in themselves, they're not what I expect or desire when reading a novel. They hold up the development of the storyline. "

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