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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,641 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Coe Narrator: Colin Buchanan Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Maxwell Sim seems to have hit rock bottom. Estranged from his father, newly divorced, unable to communicate with his only daughter, he realises that while he may have 74 friends on Facebook, there is nobody in the world with whom he can actually share his problems.

Then a business proposition comes his way - a strange exercise in corporate PR that will require him to spend a week driving from London to a remote retail outlet on the Shetland Isles. Setting out with an open mind, good intentions and a friendly voice on his SatNav for company, Maxwell finds that this journey soon takes a more serious turn....

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kay | 2/14/2014

    " Max Sim is a middle-aged (48) British gent, all alone, setting off on a trip/adventure in the Shetland Islands to liven up his old age. This works! Because Max is a round character, in contrast to his VERY flat-character counterpart, Daisy Phillips, elderly (77) British lady, all alone, setting off on a trip/adventure to Long Island USA (in "Keeping Time" read just before this book!). Both of them are aging and lonely, think about things, are bugged by kids who want them out of their family home, need something more out of life, and go far far away to meet up with beloved people (and secrets) from their youth. Daisy's story is cookie-cutter romance with no depth; Max's is a real adventure of the mind, the emotions and dreams, the physicalness of loneliness. In Daisy's story the other folks are more interesting than she is; in Max's he is front and center of our attention. Each learns a shocking family secret (about Daisy's mother and about Max's father--guess gender had to be paired?) Each is redeemed by revelation, re-encounter and return. There is a playful meta-fiction thread in "The Terrible Privacy," Max chatting with his author and all, although it gets a bit overworked at the end. "Keeping Time" passes time on an airline flight; "Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim" invites re-reading. =*=*=*=*=*=Spoiler Alert-->> the kernel of the nut of the book THE TERRIBLE PRIVACY OF MAXWELL SIM p. 262 . . . . . Shoulder to cry on. That's what I need, really. Someone to talk to about . . . all this. All this stuff. Everything that's come out in the last couple of weeks. Bit too much to cope with, really. Bit much to take in all at once. We all need somebody to talk to. How did you think you were ever going to manage it, Donald? Nine months at sea, was it? Ten, something like that? With no human company at all, just a radio transmitter that barely worked. Unimaginable. And, of course, you didn't manage it in the end. Was you over the edge, finally—the loneliness? The terrible privacy, as Clive called it? I'm not surprised. Nobody could be expected to handle solitude like that, and why should you be any different? You're human like the rest of them. But you should've turned back when you had the chance. When you first realised that the boat was never going to make it. I don't know, though, maybe things were already too far gone by then. Perhaps what you should have done, that day, when you realised the mess you'd got yourself into; instead of putting it all down on paper and trying to work out the way forward yourself . . . perhaps you should have used the radio, made contact with your wife somehow. I bet she would have told you to turn round and come back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by KJ Luepke | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this book as it moved right along and had some interesting back story features that filled in blanks for you as you went. The "end result" or the reason for the main character's angst was almost too much of a surprise. Yes, you didn't see it coming - but this isn't a mystery novel. I felt the book was good until it 'came out' at the end. Because there was no hint what-so-ever as to the core issue the main character was feeling or dealing with as you went along, you felt like it was a tacked on idea the author came up with and thought would give the book some whammy at the end. But it just ended up as coming off as something you read and say, "Oh... dumb." There was no aha moment, just a kind of weakening of your respect for the story. But overall it was decent entertainment. I wouldn't recommend it to someone but I wouldn't discourage someone else from reading it either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jillian | 1/16/2014

    " read it three times. nuff said. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kristin | 1/7/2014

    " Just couldn't finish. "

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