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.
I don't know what to make of this book - overall I am disappointed. Once you get past the initial concept that an entity can move from one person to another by touch then you pretty much have it. There is a narrative thread running through the book but because it is being driven by a person that continually changes their bodies, interacting with similar creatures, it gets really confusing.
The writing is crisp and well observed but there is far too much violence with the same scenario being replayed again and again. It is described from the first person which has the effect of making it more more graphic, which I began to find waring. It would have been more effective if we cared about any of the main characters but despite some "flashbacks" to try and build a back story they seem to have no redeeming qualities. Thus when the end comes and a sunset is walked into we can breathe a sigh of relief that it is over!
I bought this on the basis of her first novel the first fifteen lives of Harry August which was clever and engaging but this book seems like an intellectual exercise. The story could have been written in the first person with the same character all the way through like an extended episode of Mission Impossible. I don't know if this is unfair criticism It may be more effective if you read it instead of listening, as i said I am not sure what to think.
"Not as good as her last"
The story is very similar in its general ideas and scope as her first book, which was excellent. However here the lack of truly new ideas and plot left me a little disappointed.
Narrator Peter Kenny was brilliant as ever. Outranks every other narrator I've heard on Audible by miles.
"Should have been good"
When I read the synopsis and listened to the teaser it sounded like it was going to be amazing, it was not.
The narrator did a fine job at least.
I enjoyed the beginning setup, and the finale only, the middle and the story line was disorientating, jumping about to many different people for reasons that seemed pointless, it never lets you feel for any character because they aren't that character for long, I got through the book but it was a slog.
"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.
"Disappointing second book"
Actually, it's not at all bad - gripping in places - bur after the brilliance of "Harry August" I was really hoping for more. Certain sections are brilliant - and the androgyny and amoral; aspects of being a "ghost" are nicely handled, but the thriller plot never really satisfies and the somewhat conventional ending is something of a let down. Also, it's not an easy book to listen to a couple of hours at a time. The story is so transitory - as Kepler moves from body to body - that it's almost impossible to remember where you left off, requiring a fair amount of re-listening.
The narration is first rate - the only odd judgement being to accent all Kepler's dialogue in the accent of the body of the person he occupies, rather than unify it. Instead Coyle is given the neutral accent. That said, I can understand why that decision was made.
Overall - fast moving but a bit light on actual plot and characters one cares about, this is decent but nowhere near as inventive as her first.
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