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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Lu par : Peter Kenny
Durée : 12 h et 8 min
4,3 out of 5 stars (11 notations)

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Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside.

'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says. 'I need to send a message.' This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

©2014 Claire North (P)2014 Hachette Audio UK

Commentaires

"An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful" (M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts)"A thoughtful and considered time-travel novel, shocking twists and, most important of all, a beautiful character. Harry August will break your heart fifteen times" (Jared Shurin, Pornokitsch Blog)
This wonderful novel, narrated by Harry, ranges back and forth in time as he recounts episodes from his various lives, but it's all held together by a compelling mystery involving nothing less than the end of the world itself . . . Beautifully written and structured, the book should be a big hit . . . Fans of SF and fantasy authors China Mieville, Christopher Priest, and Adam Roberts might note a stylistic similarity, especially in the novel's elegant prose. Whoever Claire North turns out to be, he or she has written a remarkable book" (Booklist)
"Gripping" ( Sun)
"A truly extraordinary novel: an impeccable portrait of a friendship tortured by time in which masterful character and fantastic narrative come together to tremendous effect" ( TOR.COM)
"A brave, genre-defying novel, which is mind-blowing in its originality and bold concept . . . Stunning!" ( NOVELICIOUS)
"Part unique and intriguing mystery, part philosophical look at life, memory and time travel this story kept me totally gripped from the opening words to the mind-blowing finale" ( BITE THE BOOK)
" The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is an extraordinary novel, as the publicity has promised" ( The Speculative Scotsman)

Ce que les auditeurs disent de The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

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Boring, repetitive, uninteresting

Just like Harry's all this book did is repeat itself with no purpose. And unlike Harry I only have one life to go through all the great books there is to read and no time for this waste. I have never been so bored in my life listening to a book that not even the good narration could save. Just blah blah blah after another. Harry does that, goes here, dies. Harry wakes up, does that, goes there, dies. Add some ludicrous pseudo sciency stuff then blah, blah, blah. Repeat.
Help!!!

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  • Michal
  • 11/05/2015

Fascinating and surprisingly fresh

Where does The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book was my first audiobook ever, and I loved the experience. Peter Kenny was fantastic, with his voice and accents, and all the heart he poured into this. Looking forward to hear more of him.

What other book might you compare The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August to and why?

I can't recall books similar to this one. It was something like Groundhog Day meets Edge of Tomorrow, but way more epic and sophisticated. It is deeply rooted in the reality, spanning across decades and intertwined with the most interesting periods and event in the history of the world as we know it, but also giving us a glimpse at the world that could have been but wasn't. Or won't be.

Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't, but I definitely will.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cringed upon hearing the detailed descriptions of substance abuse and physical harm. It was as if my body was experiencing it by itself. Very well written, believable, and combined with the narration it was really morbidly fascinating.

Any additional comments?

I loved the language of Harry August - quintessentially British, with carefully crafted sentences, grammatically perfect and beautiful while always on point. It really felt the way someone extremely intelligent, and centuries old, would sound like.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16/07/2020

refreshing

amazing performance by a reader. great story thought one must keenly follow or you might get lost

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  • Doron
  • 24/03/2020

If you like mind-stretching stories, this is for u

I was looking for a book about time-travel and mind-stretching ideas. This book starts of with a man quickly recapping hundreds of years. As if giving someone a quick overview about multiple large events without going into any detail. After 10 minutes I started to worry that the entire book would be like this but it got much better after that. It got me captivated troughout the entire story. I set the reading speed to 0.85 % which I like much more. Strangely I found myself rooting for the antagonist. Also, along the story I had quite some questions on problems with this kind of 'time-travel'. Many questions/problem that the writer doesn't address into in detail. The good side about this is that it kept me wondering even when I was not listening to this book.

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  • Mads
  • 19/03/2019

Fantastic book.

One of the best books I have read in a while, that is not a fourteen book saga.

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  • Seth
  • 22/12/2018

The best book I’ve listened to for literally 3 years.

I have had this book saved to download for ages. Thought It was going to be crap. But just couldn’t remove it. The Xmas special come so I got it at 50% off. I would have paid triple. It’s the most real and tangible book of possible reality for what is a fiction book... yet we don’t have the math to explain or understand any different yet as non fiction so who knows. Thank you for being such a visionary. Just beautiful in every single way. 🙌

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  • BeijInga
  • 17/11/2018

Wanted it to last and last

The best book I've listened to this year. Wanted it to last and last. Wanted to know all of Harry August's lives, not only the first fifteen.

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  • Johannes Anderson
  • 13/11/2018

Great book overall

Thank you, very cool. Sometimes a little slow, but mostly great. Would recommend for my fellow kids to listen and enjoy this great book.

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  • Jayne M Burdeshaw
  • 01/12/2017

original

quite original concept and story and the narration is superb! hoping for more from this author

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  • Kennedi
  • 15/12/2016

Oh my goodness!!

This was absolutely, positively amazing. The story was intricately plotted; the performance, hands down, one of the best I've ever experienced. Truly did not want it to wnd

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  • Tore Eggen
  • 07/02/2015

Loved every second of this

Grest premise for a story - and superbly read! The idea of the repeating cycle seen in the movie "groundhog day" or "end of days" applied to the life (lives) of Harry August - who always finds himself being born again, in the same place, at the same moment in time. He remembers everything.

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  • Ingo Guenther
  • 17/01/2017

Remarkable new British SF

This is one of the few positive surprises in new SF stories available. It feels, in terms of depth and expression, like a mix of Old School SF (e.g. Bradbury) and the modern variants (e.g. Iain Banks).

The story is complex and well told, using a classic SF method: What if everything is the same, but just one minor fact has changed? Some people, after dying, reincarnate into their own body at the time of birth - struggling with the incapabilities of babyhood, but still knowing about their previous live. Some of them even can remember EVERYTHING they've gone through before.

It unfolds into a tale of friendship, hubris and dystopia.

This book is a masterpiece and well read, too (OK - maybe I'm slightly biased, because Peter Kenny read most of Iain Banks' books to me). I'm really looking forward to reading (listening to) the other books from this very talented author.

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  • Youknowthebo
  • 19/02/2018

Good story in theory...

Good story in theory, but the delivery was very confusing and hard to follow sometimes.

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  • SonOfColl
  • 07/07/2017

Truly Amazing

I finished it in two days. Peter Kenny's rendition is spot on and deservedly a 5 Star performance. Simply loved it.

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  • Jochen S.
  • 10/12/2016

Die Story ist herrlich strange und kurzweilig

In manchen Passagen liest der Sprecher ziemlich schnell. Wer im Englischen nicht so sattelfest ist bekommt da Mühe. Aber die Story ist es auf jeden Fall wert!

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  • BeMu
  • 24/10/2016

Brilliantly unique

One of the best audio books I have gotten around to in my time. The - as far as I can tell - unique story of the book evolves brillantly written and provides a gripping protagonist along with an exciting story. While, at first, I found some of the main character's development a bit too detailed, the book pulls together the different lives as the story progresses and culminates in a finale for which I could not lay the book aside a single second. A definite recommendation for all passioante listeners who are longing for something special!