He tried to take my life. Instead I took his.
It happened so long ago, I've forgotten the details. But he was desperate, hungry enough to kill. As I was dying, my hand touched his. That's when my first switch took place.
I looked through the eyes of my killer just in time to see my own body die.
Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone. All it takes is a touch.
©2015 Claire North (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Great storyline, fast paced (don't let yourself get too distracted while listening or you may get lost). Narration was excellent, would have been a tough job doing so many different accents but was done beautifully. Loved being led on a world tour as i listened.
If you enjoyed The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, you'll probably like this. They are similar in theme and have the same (very good) narrator.
Harry August was a man that lived the same life over and over again. This book is about ghosts who inhabit the bodies of people (who have no memory of it) and pass from one to another via touch.
There is lots of action and it's a good story. However, it didn't seem as taut as the Harry August novel and just below it in quality somehow. That being said, it was enjoyable and certainly worth a listen!
I did however enjoy The first fifteen lives of Harry August more. The idea of this book is intriguing but the plot becomes a little thin.
"All Touch but not touching."
An interesting concept that could have been a better book, if only the editor had been more diligent in editing, there is too much repetition and not enough development of the plot, the entities speak of love like Hollywood stars, often but never feeling it, and that makes the reader uncommitted to characters.
The section of the genie and the retelling from the grand daughter are the best achieved story with in the tale it feels like something from The Arabian Nights: One Thousand and One Nights, truly magic and sensual, also bitter and telling of the real depth of the genie's love.
A good second book but not as accomplished as the first book The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. if you like better book about body possession Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief is the one.
The reader was exceptionally good in his delivery and made the book shine with his acting.
Struggled at the very start to get into it but as the story progressed, i found it very difficult to hit the pause button. Loved the idea, this is my 3rd audio book by this author and can't wait for more. Also love Peter Kennys voice
Excellent characters their personality remains despite their current body.
Such a good job for an unusual style of book, he kept the personality of the main character despite the changes in accent and gender.
Don't let anybody tell you this is just more of the same. It may use a very slightly familiar mechanism to drive the story but her previous work, which is also brilliant, has none of the heart pounding excitement of this. Clever, thought provoking and edge of seat thrilling at the same time. Bravo!
"Strong concept and well narrated"
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as Harry August. The characters were not as vivid or warm and the amoral nature of Kepler was understandable but distancing. However it was original, and after an unsteady start, I found the story to be well paced.
"really loved it"
the first chapter put me off a little, i felt it was something that had been done before but as the story progressed I couldn't stop listening. very thougt provoking beyond the story itself which was great.
A complicated twisted tale indeed.
It's been a while since listening, but in general, The transition of the relationship between the two main characters.
More from Claire North please, the 1st 15 of Harry August was great, and this is not too far behind.
"good, but not great"
never really hits its stride and all the character swapping can be hard to follow. enjoyed the book nonetheless
"Maybe even better than "Harry August"..."
Fabulous; fast-moving and intricately plotted, this one keeps you on your toes as your mind races to keep up with the myriad characters. Really excellent IMO, very well performed by Peter Kenny. Don't hesitate, it will leave you breathless!
"A great story, and a fantastic reader."
With Peter Kenny reading, Claire North's stories are helping to fill the gap left by Iain M. Banks.
I am looking forward to her next one. Simple.
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