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The Second Sleep

Lu par : Roy McMillan
Durée : 9 h et 21 min
4 out of 5 stars (7 notations)

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Brought to you by Penguin.

The latest novel from Robert Harris: chosen as a Book of the Year by The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, and Express.

What if your future lies in the past?

Dusk is gathering as a young priest, Christopher Fairfax, rides across a silent land.

It’s a crime to be out after dark and Fairfax knows he must arrive at his destination – a remote village in the wilds of Exmoor – before night falls and curfew is imposed.

He’s lost and he’s becoming anxious as he slowly picks his way across a countryside strewn with the ancient artefacts of a civilisation that seems to have ended in cataclysm.

What Fairfax cannot know is that, in the days and weeks to come, everything he believes in will be tested to destruction, as he uncovers a secret that is as dangerous as it is terrifying....

©2019 Robert Harris (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Commentaires

"One word: wonderful. Two words: compulsive [listening]. Three words: buy it tomorrow. Four words: tonight, if possible." (Stephen King)

"A thoroughly absorbing...narrative." (Sunday Times)

"Genuinely thrilling." (Daily Telegraph)

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creepy discoveries to make you think ...

loved the unfurling of this story, much made me.think long after I put the book away. the end is quite abrupt and left le wanting more.

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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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  • Tim Martin
  • 14/05/2020

Good, but wanting

On the back of Harris' brilliant Cicero Trilogy my expectation for The Second Sleep was for more cool shine. There were some food-for-thought moments - in particular, a clever background timeline encompassing fall of Empire, a subsequent Dark Age (Church intellectual dominance), and a green-shoots Age of Reason exemplified by a rebel priest. But I had no buy-in for any of the characters - as individuals or as an ensemble. Weak characterisations are a deal-breaker for me.

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  • Sylla
  • 01/05/2020

Highly recommended

When one combines the wizardry if Harris’ narrative genius with an excellent narrator one is left with an addictive 9 hours of delight. I could not stop listening. A thrilling story full of surprises to the very end.

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  • Ben Vella
  • 12/04/2020

Interesting concept....

Not having read what this book was about, I enjoyed the twist as it seemed of a time past that was actually the future. That was about the best part. The rest was the slow thrills of an archeological dig.

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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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  • Dag1
  • 30/06/2020

Gute Idee aber Geschichte verzettelt sich

Story beginnt gut, interessant spannend aber ab der Mitte zu langatmig und verzettelt. abrupter Schluss.

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  • Billy
  • 06/04/2020

Enttäuschend

Tolle Idee, schlecht umgesetzt. Man vermisst eine Spannungskurve, und am Ende fragt man sich, warum man das Buch überhaupt gehört hat.

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  • Jaytee
  • 27/02/2020

Interesting Plot

An interesting concept with a weakness in technical details such as how do plastic bags turn up in a medieval setting
Entertaining

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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.