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Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of 30 years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful 17-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital - an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

©2014 Ian McEwan (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks

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Excellent roman, narratrice à la hauteur

Dès les premières minutes d'écoute, j'ai été happée par l'histoire. Un dilemme moral, d'abord : quelle décision prendre face à un adolescent qui, pour des raisons religieuses, refuse la transfusion qui lui éviterait une mort certaine et douloureuse? Où se situe la liberté du choix? De l'autre côté, Ian McEwan nous présente la vie privée de Fiona, dont le couple est en train d'exploser. Les deux histoires, racontées alternativement jusqu'à ce qu'elles se rejoignent, sont toutes les deux empruntes d'une très grande sensibilité. L'auteur aurait facilement pu tomber dans les écueils des deux thèmes (la liberté des soins médicaux et l'adultère). Il n'en est rien, pourtant. Le manichéisme facile est brillamment évité, le ton est juste, la langue est belle.

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  • Jane
  • 08/09/2014

Packs a memorable and rewarding punch

McEwen confronts the reader with a thought provoking issue presented with compassion and skill.

When should the state intervene in a family decision which has been based on strongly held religious beliefs: in this case, Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Adam, almost a legal adult, passionately, idealistically, agrees with his parents that, although dying from leukaemia, he must not accept a blood transfusion. Fiona, a judge, herself caught up in a personal crisis relating to the meaning of her marriage, fidelity and betrayal, must make a ruling on this matter.

This is a dynamic listen, beautifully read by Lindsay Duncan. It is concise, raw, disciplined. The language rich and melodious. The characters live, each travelling paths that the listener identifies with, participates in. What would I do? How do I feel about what happened?

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  • Daniela
  • 08/05/2015

A fascinating read, a bit disappointing in the end

Great reader. Wonderful incipit. Just a bit disappointing in its ending, but surely worth listening to.

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  • lynn
  • 15/01/2015

Another Superb Audiobook from Ian McEwan

Always a brilliant commentator through his fiction of contemporary society Ian McEwan has produced a poignant insight into the judicial process when it comes to dealing with families and children in difficulty.The parallel story of the dilemmas facing the judge add another dimension to this tale. There really couldn't be a better narrator than Lindsay Duncan who with all her acting experience fills the story with passion and brings the individuals alive. Certainly one of my favourite audiobooks.

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  • Minza Brown
  • 04/01/2015

compelling

I really enjoyed listening to this book and thought that Lindsay Duncan was an excellent choice for narration. The story is compelling.

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 25/11/2014

Welcome Back!

I have struggled with the last few McEwan titles although I have been a long-time fan (ever since I first read Amsterdam). This is a welcome return to Amsterdam form. I do not know if my familiarity with the legal themes helped with this perception, but it certainly did not hurt. In fact, there were times when I thought a person who was not intimately familiar with the English common law system and the precedent system particular to the United Kingdom (which is different in nuance from the US, for example), might have missed some of the subtleties of the narrative. It made me wonder if I have missed like subtleties in recent books (say about the publishing houses referred to in Sweet Tooth) and thereby misjudged them. In the end, I ignored the nagging doubt and settled back to enjoy the book. I don't think a legal background is a prerequisite
I thought Lindsay Duncan's read a very good one; not unlike Carole Boy's reading of Atonement and Juliet Stevenson's reading of Sweet Tooth. I suspect that whomever chooses Mr McEwan's narrators has a preference. For my part, I would not argue with that. The one constant in the three titles that I've mentioned is the high standard of the narration. This time (and with Atonement, notwithstanding my second time doubts), the content and the performance were a par.

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  • Jack
  • 20/04/2015

Very moving

A story that gives you a look inside a judges mind and personal life. About how huge decisions for the court are made. The book was really interesting, captivating and moving. Narration was great and overall I definitely recommend it!

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  • Anna
  • 23/11/2014

Excellent audiobook!

I was so glad to find an audiobook that was both quality literary fiction and beautifully narrated. An intelligent and thoughtful story. Best I've had in a long time!

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  • Geoff
  • 12/10/2014

An Absolute Gem

I read and listen to quite a lot of books. I usually don't write reviews. I feel compelled to do so here, This book is fantastic. The narration is superb, The book is only short but the story and the writing are memorable. I don't always like Ian McEwan. He can be pretentious and put out stuff that relies on reputation. This is different. This will help cement his reputation. There will have to be a special book out there if this one is headed off at Booker Prize time!!

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  • Nikolai
  • 18/11/2014

McEwan did it again!

McEwan is one of my favorite writers so every new book is a big event and he is rarely disappointing. The story is great with many mini-stories inside. The characters are life real. Dialogues are full of wit. Stylistically the book doesn't leave much to be desired. You feel it is almost too short but McEwan knows better and everything falls into the right place.
Special thanks to the reader. Lindsay Duncan does a perfect job. Worth a special mentioning are the dialogues . She excels in creating a special voice for each character making it all an even more pleasant experience.

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