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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,868 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Garland Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781441800022
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Alex Garland's international bestseller, The Beach, received extraordinary praise, and his writing was compared to Hemingway, Greene, Conrad, Golding, and Huxley. His new novel, The Tesseract, is a bold departure from The Beach, and demonstrates the enormous range of Garland's talent. The Tesseract is a Chinese puzzle of a novel, beautifully written and suspensefully crafted. Set in the Philippines and spanning three generations, it follows three stories whose characters' fates are intertwined: gangsters on a chase through the streets of Manila; middle-class parents putting their children to bed in the suburbs; and a couple of street kids and the wealthy psychologist who is studying their dreams. It is a novel that balances science against religion, and our wills against our fates, asking the ever elusive question of where meaning lies. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Hearn | 2/20/2014

    " I went to a drop in medical centre today and got told there was a couple hour wait, but I could go for a wander and come back. I dropped into a nearby Salvation Army and picked up this book and another which will probably be as terrible. JG Ballard says on the rear "The most interesting novel of the year". Fuck. 1998 must have been a really shit year for novels. I almost gave it two stars, seeing as it served it's purpose fairly well, as waiting room reading material. You flip about a page per 30 seconds when the reading is this light. Still, horribly written, full of cliches, reads like a the schoolwork of a ninth grader who thinks he's onto something good because he read his older brother/barely-literate dad's Irvine Welsh/Chuck Palahniuck books. I haven't read 'The Beach', but I saw the shitty movie, and now doubt the book is much better after slogging through this rag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 2/6/2014

    " Tarantino meets science geek. Very cool book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/31/2014

    " Interestingly woven story examining socio-economic differences and life philosophies from various facets. Particularly enjoyable was the way memories are stitched into present action, much like the way life is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 1/26/2014

    " One of my favourite books ever. Have read it several times and each time I enjoy it. Read it after you've read the Beach and you won't be disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/24/2014

    " Reads more like a group of short stories that are only loosely related. I was disappointed with this book especially after being blow away by "The Beach". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Pearson | 1/22/2014

    " just finished this one today. really good book although i don't think alex garland could write a bad book. i love how the stories of the characters lives are perfectly interwoven in this story and i found that the characters, especially the more briefly mentioned ones held a lot of significance for me. this books a good eye opener and meant to be read more than once for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.H. | 1/21/2014

    " If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is worth a few dozen of the most powerful photographs I've ever seen. Each picture has an almost fractal atmosphere, as if the whole of each might be seen in any other--if only I were to gaze long enough. Is it a novel? Perhaps not. But the book captures these moments in time with a transcendent tone, both gorgeous and painful. Is it a story? Perhaps not, but life, and its moments, are messy things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lanier | 1/12/2014

    " Great action and social commentaries/local color, set in the Philippines. Short stories that all connect up into an explosive climax. Better than Garland's first novel, "The Beach" while very different. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liana | 12/24/2013

    " Somewhat unintelligible. It went off on too many tangents that sent it spiraling out of control and into ennui. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Galloway | 11/27/2013

    " Pretty good story overall. There were points where I was not too sure what was going on but overall it was enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Niall Slynn | 11/26/2013

    " Not The Beach (definitely not Hemingway plaudit worthy as it has been suggested of The Beach) and not as clever as its title suggests. Breezed along but I just didn't find it interesting or emotionally involving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray Red | 11/23/2013

    " Its unfortunate Alex Garland isn't producing any books like this these days. I recently read The Dew Breaker in a Multi-Cultural Lit class by Edwidge Danticat and was surprised to find out that she chose the same structure as Garland to craft her work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 11/7/2013

    " It's written like a movie. Short chapters, short sentences. It makes me wonder how he knows Manila like that, because Recto is as familiar to me as Helsinki. It's not The Beach, but it was an okay read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Renton | 6/23/2013

    " Very engrossing intertwining tale. Took awhile to get going, then couldn't put it down. Not too crazy about "The Beach"(same author), but this was impressive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Huffergie | 5/24/2013

    " Narrative jumps about so much it's very hard to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 1/31/2013

    " There is a solid story here and a really good ending. I just wish Garland's prose style was a little more engaging throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bozz | 10/21/2012

    " I read this a while ago. From what I remember it was decent thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talei Loto | 8/19/2012

    " Loved The Tesseract. Cannot recommend enough. Fast paced and again, intriguing characters. I think we should all petition Mr Garland to write another novel one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 8/2/2012

    " very different form the beach but really well written!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 4/14/2012

    " Fantastic plot -- three unconnected stories that come together in the end. I really love when that's well done! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justin | 3/23/2012

    " I really liked his other book, The Beach, but this one was pretty lame. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rich Gamble | 1/14/2012

    " A half baked affair filled with half baked ideas and half baked characters. So yeh the Beach was great but this was just painful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandyboy | 10/4/2011

    " The Beaches grubby younger sibling. nothing much to see here "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/17/2011

    " I found the first third a bit offputting but once I was past that I was glad I stuck with it as it became a real pageturner, making me stay up ttoo late to finish it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/4/2011

    " This book got me happily through an 8 hour delay in a tiny port in Greece, and was outstanding! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 5/8/2011

    " Although very violent, I like this format. You get to know different characters and eventually see how their twisted lives intertwine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzij | 3/14/2011

    " Just one of the many books I read during my travels in 2002. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 2/22/2011

    " Slow and plodding. Gave up. Learnt a long time ago not to continue with books if they don't grab you. Too many others out there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie.annemarie | 2/13/2011

    " Beautifully intricate story, woven by an expert hand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 2/2/2011

    " I liked Mr Garlands book, "the Beach" better, but admittedly he did write this one when he was 19 years old.

    the title just didn't really make any sense in it's relationship with the storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 1/20/2011

    " One of my favourite books ever. Have read it several times and each time I enjoy it. Read it after you've read the Beach and you won't be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 12/24/2010

    " Too complicated to follow. I must be smart enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " The Beaches grubby younger sibling. nothing much to see here "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/1/2010

    " Another one that just sucked you in and kept you on pins and needles all the time. I was glad Don Pepe got shot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 8/12/2010

    " Not as good as The Beach, but still 4 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skipper | 8/7/2010

    " Very moody and dark, but ultimately a fragmented read. Not Garland's best by a long shot. The Beach remains my favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 5/21/2010

    " A good read, but not nearly as gripping as The Beach. That was a once-in-a-lifetime idea. Still, a good, quick read with some excellent points. "

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About the Author
Author Alex GarlandAlex Garland was born in London in 1970. The Beach, his first novel, received great critical acclaim. It was a national bestseller in the UK and hit many regional lists in the US. He lives in London. The Tesseract is also available from Brilliance Audio.
About the Narrator

James Daniels is a labor organization attorney who performed Shakespeare in London, received a Grammy nomination for his audiobook narration, and wrote the hard-boiled noir mystery Ghost Bride. He and his family live in the Midwest.