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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: David Case, Frederick Davidson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781415926154
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The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.

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Quotes & Awards

  • She writes like an angel. Every character is closely drawn. Her atmosphere is unerringly, chillingly convincing. And she manages all this without for a moment slowing down the drive and tension of an exciting mystery. The Times (UK)
  • Extraordinary … daring … frightening in its implications. The New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaeli | 2/19/2014

    " If she used one more poorly placed simile, I was going to throw the book out the window. Excellent plot, great premise, and decent character development. I wish I could stand the author's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. | 2/8/2014

    " Saw the movie first and loved it (who doesn't love Alfonso Cuaron?). But then we had a display at the library called "The Book Was Better" and I decided to grab it. It veers differently from the movie; so much so that the movie in the end is described as being "based on" the book more so than a straightforward adaptation. But I'll say it's one of the rare works that was good onscreen and on the page. Of course the book would give far more detail into Theo's life and background, but in some ways, the details of this little dystopia were far more grizzly than the movie. Flagellators, mass executions of the elderly, people transferring their love for children into their pets and into baby dolls. A nice twist that was completely omitted from the movie but turned into an excellent meditation on the ways in which absolute power corrupts. Well-played P.D. James, well played. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaina Leitch | 2/5/2014

    " I hate reading a book after I've seen the movie. It takes me forever to read because I have no need to know what happens next. While the book is very different from the movie, it follows the storyline close enough to not keep me at the edge of my seat. I love this idea though. A different kind of dystopian world. Everyone is sterile, the human race will be extinct, while all other life forms seem to continue to move on. It does a good job of putting you in the mind set though. I was able to see how people might just stop caring. You still have your whole life to live, but if humans are going to be gone in a few decades anyway, then who really cares what we do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 2/1/2014

    " This is very different than the film but as good in its own way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Downs | 1/31/2014

    " I initially started reading this book because I'm a big fan of the movie. However, the two are so drastically different, they shouldn't even be compared to each other. The narration is written as journal entries of the main character (Theo) for about a third, and then third person for the other two thirds. I can understand why P.D. James would be drawn to the journal style of first person narration (Theo is relatively self-obsessed at the start) but the events that continue are so tense and plot drive that it would be unreasonable (and unbelievable) for Theo to keep up the entries. (I think James new this as well and completely abandons the journal entries towards the end.) Despite this flaw, I think it was a good book. I appreciated the descriptions of nature encroaching on a dwindling human population and the writing contained numerous compelling, wholly unique lines. It was also nice to see a dis-topian society in the future where things were actually on the technological and sociological arc I could imagine (cars are efficient but don't hover, TVs are actually high-definition, government is ever present but not all knowing, etc.). It's a compelling story that is paced like a mystery, so it reads quick but will keep you thinking well after you've put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paule | 1/31/2014

    " The movie was much better than the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Redfox5 | 1/19/2014

    " Very different to the film but not in a bad way but it wasn't better either. They are so different (apart from not being able to have babies) that you can enjoy both separately without one spoiling the other. The book is more slow paced but you get more details about the situation. There are no big action scenes here. I think how they deal with criminals in the book is a really good idea! I have no idea why anyone would be against that. Aprat from the silly left wing five fishes. They didn't really have a clue and apart from Miriam they were all pretty annoying. Would have liked an ending where they skipped to the furture so we could know if the human race was getting back on track or if it was just a one off and the child was doomed to live our his days totally alone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devon Green | 1/15/2014

    " One of the very few examples of 'the film is better than the book'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Burnett | 1/1/2014

    " Pretty good totally different from the film of the same name but an interesting point of view. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Wallace | 12/25/2013

    " Dystopia is not a good genre for this otherwise superb writer. She cannot be beaten in crime, however "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 12/21/2013

    " Really enjoyed the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 11/12/2013

    " Loved it. A chilling, profound, and beautifully written novel. Now pardon me while I try to forget that Hollywood ever did such a poor adaption of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 9/18/2013

    " You can't go wrong with this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Artifice Magazine | 3/15/2012

    " It was pretty good. It got better and better. Then other things happened. Some of them were exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisette | 3/8/2012

    " Fantastic! Forget the movie it doesn't compare. This is science fiction in the not too far future where man has stopped reproducing. "

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About the Author

P. D. James (1920–2014), English crime writer, was the author of numerous detective novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British civil service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was named Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.