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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire North Narrator: Peter Kenny Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781478929840
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Touch is the wildly original and masterfully suspenseful second novel from highly acclaimed author Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

Kepler never meant to die this way—viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place. Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at her own broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley.

Instead of dying, Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another—to jump into another person’s skin, see through his or her eyes, and live his or her life—be it for a few minutes, a few months, or a lifetime.

Kepler means these host bodies no harm; she even comes to cherish them intimately like lovers. But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth—and avenge Josephine’s death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliantly balanced knife’s edge of a book—fast-paced and thrilling, it’s somehow also languorous, thoughtful, intelligently intimate. Kepler is a thoroughly absorbing and sympathetic anti-hero, trying to minimize harm while striving for survival.”

    NPR

  • The high stakes and breakneck pace of the plot will draw readers in, and the meditations on what it means to be human and to be loved will linger long after the last shot is fired. Kirkus on Touch
  • A work of sparkling originality that works both as mesmerising thriller and exploration of what it means, at the most profound level, to be human. Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls on Touch
  • I was totally and utterly gripped, it's just extraordinary. Absolutely mesmerizing. Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go on Touch
  • This novel is utterly engaging, addictive, and thought-provoking. The characters are superbly drawn, their interactions realistic and engaging. Civilian Reader on Touch
  • Little short of a masterpiece. Independent (UK) on Touch
  • Another thrilling leap into the unknown. Toronto Sunday Star on Touch
  • I don't say this lightly but The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of the top ten books I've ever read. James Dashner, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Maze Runner on The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
  • An astonishing re-invention of the time travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful. M.R. Carey, on The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
  • Touch is a story within a story within a story and it's one of the cleverest, most compelling books I've read in a long time. The intoxicating voice, ingenious premise and intricate plot will have readers clamouring for a copy. Touch has bestseller written all over it and Claire North is one hell of a writer. C. L. Taylor, author of The Accident on Touch
  • Touch is fast, smart, cinematic and with a cracking central idea. This is absolutely destined to be one of the biggest thrillers of 2015... A very, very impressive second outing. Rick O'Shea, radio presenter, on Touch
  • Seriously I cannot get over how amazingly good Claire North is. I could have read this book forever. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was so smart, Touch is beyond genius. This will be one of THE books of 2015. Mark my words. Bite the Book (Australia) on Touch
  • “Fast-paced, imaginative…masterful.”

    Washington Post

  • “The high stakes and breakneck pace of the plot will draw…[listeners] in, and the meditations on what it means to be human and to be loved will linger long after the last shot is fired.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A work of sparkling originality that works both as mesmerising thriller and exploration of what it means, at the most profound level, to be human.”

    Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls

  • A 2015 Washington Post Best Book Selection for Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/2/2017

    " I adore a great story well told, but this goes past that benchmark. There is a sophistication in the unfolding of details that challenges the listener to pay closer attention. It is absolutely engaging! "

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About the Author

Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author. She has written novels in various genres, before publishing her first major work as Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, in 2014. It received rave reviews and an Audie Award nomination and was named a Washington Post Best Books of the Year selection. Her novel, Touch, was named a Washington Post Best Books of the Year in 2015.

About the Narrator

Peter Kenny, twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, is a talented and experienced actor, voice-over artist, singer, musician, and designer, with over twenty-five years of experience working in theater, film, television, and audio. In recent years he has achieved great critical acclaim for multicharacter recordings of audiobooks by authors such as Iain Banks, Christopher Priest, and Edmund St Aubyn.