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Outline

Narrated by: Kate Lock
Series: Outline, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
3 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A woman writer goes to Athens to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. The more they talk the more certain themes begin to emerge: the experience of loss, the difficulty of intimacy, and the mystery of creativity itself.

©2014 Rachel Cusk (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A stellar accomplishment." ( Guardian)
"[T]his has to be one of the oddest, most breathtakingly original and unsettling novels I've read in a long time... Outline is a triumph of attitude and daring, a masterclass in tone." ( Observer)

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Chapter 6 and details were still being Outlined

Couldn't continue nothing happened and didn't seem likely anything would. Didn't find characters interesting.I'll move onto something more riveting.

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I wanted to love this more

The story really intrigued me, but I found the narration tiresome. I wanted to love this so much more.

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  • Vinca
  • 20-09-2015

Appalling Performance

What would have made Outline better?

Someone needs to tell Kate Lock That. She. Doesn't. Need. To. Read. So. Slowly. And also that she isn't reading to children. So she doesn't need to put weird and inappropriate inflections on the words. I couldn't get more than a chapter in to this book because the performance was so dreadful. Potentially a nice book utterly ruined.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Lock’s performances?

NO!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • DK
  • 23-07-2017

Spoiled by the narration

What would have made Outline better?

It would have been preferable to have a straight narration, rather than an actorly audible interpretation, of the text

Has Outline put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Kate Lock’s performance?

She tried to give an audible character to the people in the book. The interpretation was over the top and did not match my view of the characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • L Curry
  • 12-05-2019

Decent book let down by horrible narration

I could barely finish this audiobook but I was determined to hear the story to the end. This was by far the worst narration I have ever come across: a dreadful AmDram reading with deafening sibilance. It absolutely ruins Cusk’s writing style and makes the characters unbearable. I won’t be reading anymore audio books from this production company!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrea
  • 24-05-2019

The narration is wrong

There is something wrong with the settings. At 1:00 speed is ridiculously slow and unlistenable. At 1:25 speed it’s way to fast.