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The Second Sleep

Lu par : Roy McMillan
Durée : 9 h et 21 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
3.5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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All civilisations think they are invulnerable. History warns us none is. 

1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? 

As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.  

©2019 Robert Harris (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Spoiler: disappointing end

Love Robert Harris books - but while this tale starts very promising, the middle works itself up to something really exciting, the end just fizzles - shame

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  • Son of Thor's whimper
  • 16/09/2019

Dark, so dark, so well concocted

Read it any review spoils it The best since Fatherland Kicks one's mind and crushes ones hart, making Pandora's box completely empty

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  • Emily
  • 21/10/2019

The less you know, the better this journey will be

Robert Harris is a phenomenal writer, and The Second Sleep is no exception. This is a gripping, thought-provoking novel that unfolds moment by moment, almost like a slow burn. There are points where things occur which put everything into context as the mysteries unravel, and they leave you feeling startled as well as delighted as you begin to understand just what's happened, and what's happening.

I think that it's best to know very little about this novel, so you can fully experience the carefully crafted moments of revelation, so I'll not say anything about the plot, apart from saying that the characters are well-imagined, the setting is interesting and engaging, and the pacing is masterful. Roy McMillan reads the novel with skill and style, voicing the characters well and giving a real sense of personality to each of them.

If you enjoyed Harris' historical novels, you'll enjoy The Second Sleep. Highly recommended.

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  • Simon
  • 23/09/2019

Engaging and (almost) believable

A post apocalyptic world that’s similar to the dark ages. Throw in a murder mystery and have Robert Harris write it. Nearly perfect.

No spoilers but to say there a few points where it lets itself down but certainly well worth a listen.

Reminds me very much of Pullman’s His Dark Materials stories.

Excellent narration.

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  • Ernst
  • 17/09/2019

Good story, well told

Apart from a fast flowing tale it is also food for thought. And the twist at the end... Brilliant.

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  • Katzenfreund
  • 28/12/2019

Im Endeffekt zu kurz<br /><br />

Eigentlich nicht übel, aktuelle Thematik, inhaltlich ist Vieles erwartbar ausgestaltet, dennoch insgesamt kein Fehlkauf.


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  • Andreas Teschner
  • 02/11/2019

A vehicle of a book

The 1st book I ever read where the cast is filling a paper cut role to convey a message. A new kind of fable without animals and as long as a novel. The quality of the story is great however. Rich characters and a scene just like a summer nights dream. Utterly enthralling disturbingly true.

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  • peter mimms
  • 29/10/2019

Excellent idea for a story, well told.

A super idea for a story. It really makes one think at many different levels. I can only reccomend this as an almost perfect book.

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  • Martin Ettinger
  • 24/10/2019

Very thrilling story

I fancy the mixture of history and sci-fi.
So I overlooked the fact that in the 15th century no-one smoked a pipe yet, people did not use handkerchiefs and clocks only existed - if at all - in steeples.

Sorry for spoiling. I wrote the first review during the third chapter.

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  • Thomas R.
  • 28/09/2019

Foreseeable Harris-Plot gone Post-Apocalyptic

Whilst his Cicero was stupendously written, the journalist Harris when having to come up with a plot of his own merely varies his time-tested (and admittedly best-selling) template of 'young man stumbling over ghastly global conspiracy’. Hence if one knows his ‘Ghost’ or ‘Fatherland’ …
In the post-apocalyptic medieval genre Mark Lawrence’s ‘Prince of Thorns’ (cynical, gory and much for inventive) and its related novels, namely the complementary yet subtly humorous 'Prince of Fools' trilogy, outclass this ‘Harris, as usual’ by far and in every respect.

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  • Mark
  • 30/10/2019

Interesting idea, but execution a bit lacking

Set in a post apocalyptic world, after humanity has risen again to a state resembling the 16th century, we witness the adventure of one priest of the true fate being corrupted and trying to uncover more of the past then the church permits.

Interesting setting, but plot is a bit lacking overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08/10/2019

Outstanding.

This is beautiful plotted and constructed. The audio performance is also first rate. Highly recommended.

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  • Stefan
  • 16/09/2019

Different

Do not expect historical fiction. Plot is more Arthur C Clarke like. However: Worth reading.