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The Power

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Publisher's Summary

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.'

Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman's extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed, and we look at the world in an entirely new light. What if the power to hurt were in women's hands?

©2016 Naomi Alderman (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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What the Critics Say

"Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you'll think twice, about everything." (Margaret Atwood)
"The Power is a subtly funny, lyrical and utterly subversive vision of an impossible future. As all the best visionaries do, Alderman shines a penetrating and yet merciful light on to our present and the so many cruelties in which we may be complicit." (A. L. Kennedy)
"Alderman is a fluent and powerful writer." (Sunday Times)

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  • jo
    Manchester, UK
    18/12/16
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    "Reeling from the power of this book."

    I may become a bit evangelical in my wish to share this book... It is astonishingly good. This book makes me feel invincible. (Hope I remember soon that I don't, in fact, have The Power so I'm not!)
    Can't say too much in case of spoilers, but it's so clever and thought-provoking and engaging, it's hard to 'put down'. It is blunt in places - the reversal of women using rape as an instrument of war, for example - but some bits so subtle it's almost painful to realise how immune we are to incipient sexism until we hear it reversed in this way. The conversation between the two authors at the opening and closing of the book is a superb illustration, and the final line just says it all.
    Honourable mention should go to the narrator who is *phenomenal*. Great dramatic performance AND she's very good at the many different international and regional accents, which is often such an irritation.
    Can't praise it highly (or articulately) enough.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    23/12/16
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    "Really cold, unengaging and hard to read"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one, although the many reviewers seem to like it based on its concept alone. I prefer a book I can emotionally engage in, rather than a 10+ hour overview of a situation.


    What was most disappointing about Naomi Alderman’s story?

    Everything is described as if from a distance, like a traffic report. There is zero chance to emotionally engage or empathise with the characters. The whole book is based on one feminist premise, which is actually a good idea, but the writing is very poor, well, maybe not the writing so much as the perspective. It's like the stories kids write at school: 'and then this happened, then this happened, then this happened.'


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrators were ok and did what they could with the material. They had a slight edgy anxiety to their reading which I suppose was meant to match the pace of the story, but it just made me annoyed because the story was so boring.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power?

    I'd give the manuscript back to the writer and tell them to change it to first person and put emotions and thoughts of the characters in it, rather than just a great long description of a situation.


    Any additional comments?

    Pretentious, badly drawn up. Good premise. The reviews in the press and on here make me wonder how many journalists Naomi Alderman knows personally.

    28 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Charlotte Gaeta
    22/02/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    This is a must read for anyone who cares about relationships, human rights and everything in between. What starts off as a fantastic twist of fate which finally sets women on the path to the potential for proper equality gently and systematically turns the tables and shows how the gaining of power can corrupt. A morality tale for the 21st century, highlighting where inequality is still riff in the world and pondering whether if women ruled the world it would be any better? It's also an incredibly brilliant read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Raine
    Bristol
    29/12/16
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    "Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power?

    There were so many moments, but overall the finding of the 'power', as told by several different perspectives, was so intense and made you think so much. It made me reflect on so many issues in my daily life I never would have reflected on otherwise.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    I loved Ally. Her journey and how she changed over the course of the books, leading up to her final realisations of what she had become were incredibly moving and thought-provoking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was the best I've ever heard on an audiobook. Wonderful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Roisin Taylor
    3/01/17
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    "One of the greatest and most inspiring, thought provoking texts I have ever read."

    What a sensation. Do not ponder upon reading/listening to this book, do it immediately. This should be required reading for school children across the country, if not world. Beautifully written, the characters carefully crafted to be no more easily loved than hated. The style/form of the book is so incredibly clever that it leaves you open mouthed.
    I could not recommend this more highly, it is a must read. I will be recommending it to everyone I know.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • AandL272
    nr.Thirsk, United Kingdom
    26/02/17
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    "amazing"

    This book is beautifully written; Naomi Alderman has an excellent ear for the voices of her cast. I especially liked her narration which added to the text- no rushed prose and emphasis perfect. There wasn't one point where I could guess what happened next. The characterisation was rich and complex, believable flawed people. What a pleasure to hear.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • blewp1977
    17/02/17
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    "a clever and provocative narrative"

    This was an absolute find. Thought-provoking and compelling, I could have listened to this in one sitting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    29/11/16
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    "Put a gun into my mouth and blew my mind"

    I could rave about how amazing this was for days. My thoughts are too jumbled, too skewed to convey how much you should read/listen to this. Read on for a ramble, or just buy the book. (You'll be better off reading the book. )

    The layering of narrative, and how every character and event and item is a Chekhov's Gun, it's stunning. it's not just one bang, it's a war where one gun firs and then two more fire and suddenly everything is connecting in a horrifying, enlightening trap that you can't escape. And no character is good or evil, black or white. I loved and hated each one at a time, and made my peace with all of them.
    The voice acting is superb. It pressed this book into my mind, it grabbed me by the throat and choked me until I could not think about anything other than listen. I listen to audio books while I work- they're fun. You miss a bit here and there, but you get the gist and enjoy the story. but with THE Power I could not do anything else but listen.
    I'm ashamed to say I wrote this off a little because of Atwood's reccomendation. It sounded like a good read but I studied Atwood at A-level and I never liked her work. It seemed a bit 'rape and pity'. But Alderman showed me convincingly and succinctly that I was wrong.

    Please read this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • the typist
    31/10/16
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    "This book should be on the school curriculum"

    I adored this book and have no idea why it's not being hailed as a masterpiece. It basically holds up a mirror to the misogyny that's been endemic for thousands of years. Had I a daughter I'd make this essential for reading for her. I have already bought my son a copy. We need to breakdown gender stereotyping now. It's what limits all our children from reaching their full potential.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Pawsthevizsla
    Suffolk
    1/02/17
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    "Amazing !!! Will listen to this again"

    What an interesting book !! Clever characters, clever plot a real thinker of a storyline brilliantly done

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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