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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,588 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Coe Narrator: Colin Buchanan Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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Set against the backdrop of the Millenium celebrations and Britain's increasingly compromised role in America's war against terrorism, The Closed Circle lifts the lid on an era in which politics and presentation, ideology and the media have become virtually indistinguishable. Darkly comic, hugely engaging, and compulsively readable, it is the much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Coe's best-selling novel The Rotters' Club, and reintroduces us to the characters first encountered in that book. But whereas The Rotters' Club was a novel of innocence, The Closed Circle is its opposite: a novel of experience. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/24/2014

    " I really liked this book, but found it less compelling than The Rotter's Club. I especially loved the story of Claire and Miriam, and thought that Claire's character and story were the highlights of the novel. Claire actually seemed so real to me that I can't stop thinking about her, several days after finishing the book. The Closed Circle was more sober than The Rotter's Club, which could have worked if the characters were more likeable. I was especially disappointed with the choices the author made about Benjamin's character - while I found him interesting and likeable in the first book, I thought he was insufferable in this one. I was also disappointed by the Malvina subplot - I thought her character was an unnecessary (and ultimately disturbing) distraction from the deeper and more complex themes of the novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 1/23/2014

    " This is the follow on to the Rotter's Club. While I loved the Rotter's club, this book is, quite frankly, dull and tedious. It reads like a rather petty soap opera. Without giving any spoilers, the characters from the Rotter's club have all grown up and now they are facing day to day life as dysfunctional adults. They have affairs, get drunk, quit their jobs and so on. Overall it is quite depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grim-Anal King | 1/18/2014

    " Good follow up to The Rotters' Club, poking fun at abominable New Labour. Not as vital as its predecessor for me since it didn't feature a barely disguised version of my secondary school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/15/2014

    " I genuinely enjoyed this book - I loved getting back to the characters that had been so well developed in The Rotter's Club - but I can honestly not imagine enjoying this book without reading the prequel. The loose ends this book tied up were all started in the previous book. Only a few of the new issues were concluded in a satisfying way (the whole premise of this book seemed to be wrapping up the last book... and if that's what it was meant to be, then fine, but the plot of this book was just a little weak). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Stimpson | 12/6/2013

    " bah. careless prose. sorry, jonathan coe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 11/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book much more than "The Rotters Club" which didn't seem to have be as enjoyable to read. By far the best Jonathan Coe I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manori Ravindran | 10/2/2013

    " A solid sequel to Coe's fantastic "Rotters' Club." Thought the author's musings on British politics circa 2000s came across as a little heavy-handed towards the end, and a few of the storylines verged on melodrama, but overall a satisfying ending for the lovable King William's crew. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Agatha | 9/23/2013

    " I love love loved The Rotter's Club and this sequel/ending to the saga of British youth during the tumultuous 70s/80s fell flat. Some surprises of incest and religious zeal...but not worth it. You're better off imagining an ending for these characters yourself! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joost | 8/9/2013

    " teleurstellend vervolg op het schitterende "De Rotters Club" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth S | 7/6/2013

    " so excited for the sequel but not nearly as good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/23/2012

    " There is something very real about these characters from The Rotters Club. I like the way loose ends are tied up here - v. satisfying. Blair's Britain is an amusing backdrop here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/20/2012

    " Nice follow-up to the Rotters Club, but not quite as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Sandy | 12/22/2011

    " Wish there was a third book after this and see where the characters have ended up. Loved this book as much as The Rotters Club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryle | 6/30/2011

    " The sequel to "The Rotter's Club", about 20 years later. Unfortunately, he seems to focus more on the characters I didn't like as much in the first book. There were a couple of interesting spins, but overall not as good as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Hall | 6/23/2011

    " Follow up to the Rotters Club. More political where the Rotters Club was emotional, and equally as good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saliotthomas | 4/19/2011

    " Clever British sitcom material,hated it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/1/2011

    " Adolescence in the 1970s, English style. What's not to love? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 10/18/2010

    " There is something very real about these characters from The Rotters Club. I like the way loose ends are tied up here - v. satisfying. Blair's Britain is an amusing backdrop here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 7/21/2010

    " 9/10. The characters from the Rotters Club 20 years on. Brilliant novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 5/18/2010

    " The prequel's much better. Check out the rotters' club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryle | 2/10/2010

    " The sequel to "The Rotter's Club", about 20 years later. Unfortunately, he seems to focus more on the characters I didn't like as much in the first book. There were a couple of interesting spins, but overall not as good as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/7/2009

    " Another fabulous book by Coe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 11/19/2009

    " Not as good as 'The Rotter's Club'. Lots of forced coincidence and a soap opera feel that might be a deliberate attempt to reflect the mood of the times. "

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