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- Lu par : Saskia Maarleveld
- Durée : 12 h et 47 min
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Birnam Wood is on the move...
Five years ago, Mira Bunting founded a guerrilla gardening group: Birnam Wood. An undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic gathering of friends, this activist collective plants crops wherever no one will notice, on the sides of roads, in forgotten parks, and neglected backyards. For years, the group has struggled to break even. Then Mira stumbles on an answer, a way to finally set the group up for the long term: a landslide has closed the Korowai Pass, cutting off the town of Thorndike. Natural disaster has created an opportunity, a sizable farm seemingly abandoned.
But Mira is not the only one interested in Thorndike. Robert Lemoine, the enigmatic American billionaire, has snatched it up to build his end-times bunker - or so he tells Mira when he catches her on the property. Intrigued by Mira, Birnam Wood, and their entrepreneurial spirit, he suggests they work this land. But can they trust him? And, as their ideals and ideologies are tested, can they trust each other?
A gripping psychological thriller from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Luminaries, Birnam Wood is Shakespearean in its wit, drama and immersion in character. A brilliantly constructed consideration of intentions, actions, and consequences, it is an unflinching examination of the human impulse to ensure our own survival.
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- Jane F. Clifton
Catton continues streak
Loved The Illuminaries so was thrilled that this did not disappoint. Great story full of ideas and allegorical references. Brilliantly read by Saskia Maarleveld - marvellous to hear the NZ accent at full pelt.
A story for our times.
Excellent Eco Thriller!
It started a bit slow but I understood it was necessary to understand the characters and their motivations. The pace became more and more alert as the novel progressed with a satisfying ending. So different from the Luminaries, still very good.
Gripping story well performed
Having loved „The Luminaries“ by this author when it came out, I was so excited to dig into her latest offering. And it’s very different, very good but hard to describe: a psychological thriller meets environmental do-gooder meets character study. A New Zealand guerilla gardening group gets involved with an American billionaire seemingly prepping a bunker who’s involved with a kiwi regular guy who’s being knighted for his efforts for conservation. It’s all quite intriguing and a well told and rather chilling story involving multiple points of view: The infighting within the leftist dogooder group, the psychotic billionaire, the opportunistic Lord & Lady Darvish. Despite all the stereotypes there are moments of real depth and insights: between friends, couples, lovers. The seconds half is also thrilling and unpredictable- I needed to pause several times because it was genuinely scary (I’m a wimp!).
The audio is fantastic- the narrator has a pleasant kiwi accent but so believably covers the full range of characters!
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