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The Binding

A Novel
Lu par : Carl Prekopp
Durée : 15 h et 29 min
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Proclaimed as “truly spellbinding", a “great fable” that “functions as transporting romance” by The Guardian, the runaway number one international best seller arrives in America.

"A rich, gothic entertainment that explores what books have trapped inside them and reminds us of the power of storytelling. Spellbinding.” (Tracy Chevalier)

Imagine you could erase grief. Imagine you could remove pain. Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret. Forever.

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a bookbinder - a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community, but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to handcraft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one, they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends - and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: One of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.

An unforgettable novel of enchantment, mystery, memory, and forbidden love, The Binding is a beautiful homage to the allure and life-changing power of books - and a reminder to us all that knowledge can be its own kind of magic.

©2019 Bridget Collins (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Mikel V
  • 10/05/2019

holy shuzzm

this was amazing through out the entire thing no dry areas and my god the voice acting

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  • Pup Cerberus
  • 30/04/2019

a long darkly romantic book

it's slow, delightfully slow. the romance and cruelties inflicted left you wanting to hear more. the take on memories were originally. my only complaint was that I wasn't entirely sure what period the book took place in, obviously it was an alternative history but still. vastly enjoyable.

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  • RUKiddingMee
  • 18/05/2019

Just wow

The Binding is best book I have read and listened to so far this year. I really, really hate reviews that reveal too much about a book, so I won't get into more of the plot than is revealed in the book summary. A few warnings though: The subject matter is mature and could be triggering to some readers. If you have worries about that, seek a review that reveals more of the subject matter.

The Binding is a little hard to categorize. It involves magic and an imaginary place, so it qualifies as a fantasy but it isn't a sword and sorcery story. The writing is achingly beautiful with a great deal of suspense and surprise. Books I would compare it to: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, some of Neil Gaiman.

Carl Prekopp is excellent as a narrator. At first I thought the pace was a bit slow, but his accents and style of narration add so much to the story that I would rate this as one of my favorite performances ever.

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  • W. Cripe
  • 24/04/2019

Politically correct drivel

This should have been good.
The idea had immense promise.
But the author and publisher chose to create a pap piece full of politically correct tropes in order to assuage the woke Millennial buyer.

I am so disappointed.

Mild spoilers ahead.







The idea behind binders and binding is wonderful, terrifying and rich with opportunity for fantasy exploration. Unfortunately - surprise! the gay agenda. It's not well-written. Rife with anachronisms and tiresome simile, this book attempts to channel Bronte, Dickens or even Mieville and fails; trading sophomoric attempts at Tolkiensian descriptions for actual storytelling.

Are the main characters bold or quivering and feeble? Are their feelings for eachother true or contrived? What of the people the author leaves in their wake? These seem like cardboard props designed only to create a story about same sex affection (or lust? or love? we never know!). The characters are motivated by whatever the word count requires for that chapter. Sometimes it's authentic self-affirmation. Other times it's macguffin motivated threat. It is never consistent character development or good storytelling.

This is a bad, highschool creative writing assignment, that uses all the PC buzzwords and ideas (though never exploring or developing them) that you turned in to that one teacher to get a good grade because, deep down, you know pandering works.

This is not a fantasy story for reading. This is drivel to lay down and avoid. Codswallop.

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