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Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man - a successful neurosurgeon, the devoted husband of Rosalind and proud father of two grown-up children. Unusually, he wakes before dawn, drawn to the window of his bedroom and filled with a growing unease.

What troubles him as he looks out at the night sky is the state of the world - the impending war against Iraq, a gathering pessimism since 9/11, and a fear that his city and his happy family life are under threat.

Later, Perowne makes his way to his weekly squash game through London streets filled with hundreds of thousands of anti-war protestors. A minor car accident brings him into a confrontation with Baxter, a fidgety, aggressive, young man, on the edge of violence. To Perowne's professional eye, there appears to be something profoundly wrong with him.

Towards the end of a day rich in incident and filled with Perowne's celebrations of life's pleasures, his family gathers for a reunion. But with the sudden appearance of Baxter, Perowne's earlier fears seem about to be realised.

©2005 Ian McEwan (P)2014 (p) AudioGo Ltd. Published by Random House Audiobooks

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A vurtuous King. Modern day motality tale. Atheists would adore this book. Brain is a receiver of logos but not according to this.

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James Wilby is a great choice for this novel

Ian Mcewan's intricately detailed novel really comes to life with this reading. I enjoyed reading 'Saturday' but having listened to it on audible, I have found a greater enjoyment! By the end of it, you really feel as though you know Henry like a friend.

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  • 04-10-2020

Intriguing drama

Well crafted story with interesting twist; character analysis added to the enjoyment of the book; very well narrated

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  • cate edwards
  • 05-07-2015

In awe of such good writing

Smart, relevant, entertaining, my life is richer for finding such a good author. The narrator was perfect.

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  • John
  • 15-11-2017

Flawless narration by James Wilby

A masterclass in narration as near perfect as I have heard. Fantastic novel brilliant examination of the minute details of a day.

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  • Sam871
  • 04-08-2017

A formidable exercise in stream of consciousness

Excellent narration, slightly cliched with the voices of the crooks, but well suited to the protagonist and narrator. The story is a formidable exercise in stream of consciousness, and will thrill any reader of Joyce who enjoys contemporary literature

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  • Maggieannie
  • 12-03-2017

A good book

Ian McEwan always delivers a good story, this is definitely a good story. The narrator is easy to listen to. Not always the case I find.
Enjoyed it very much.

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  • Mikey
  • 17-03-2015

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Any additional comments?

Rather than slate this book and it's story, let me tell you where I am with it, and you can make your own mind up.

So I am four hours into the book. The story is set in London, depicting a Saturday as experienced by a successful neurosurgeon, Henry. So far, in four hours, Henry has woken up from his bed in a weird dream like state, good downstairs for a drink of milk and had a chat with his teenage son, who also can't sleep. He was also staring out the window when he saw an aeroplane on fire heading for the runway. He wasn't seen anything on the news as yet.

He's made love to his wife. He is excited about his daughter coming to visit from Paris where she now lives. She likes literature and forces him to read more.

He left the house to go to work where he has just crashed his BMW into another motorist who was driving a BMW series 5...

...and thats it. I've decided not to listen to any more because the fact I am four hours into this book and so little has happened is enough for me to give up.

So there you have it. Love or hate this review; I have given you the facts. Ian Mckewan spent two years shadowing Mr kitchen, a brain surgeon (who operated on my mother in law's tumour) in London in order for him to be able to write this book. It was because of this that I wanted to give it a go.

Decide for yourself what you wish to do!

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  • Vanessa Strong
  • 30-04-2020

Beautifully written

But disjointed - there were so many very long ‘capillaries’ to this story regarding the personalities and lives of his family - and I kept wanting him to get back to what the actual plot was which was really pretty lame. The descriptions of for example a squash game was brilliant but unbelievably long and frustrating. I sought this out like many readers I suspect who had been operated on by Neil Kitchen on whom the writer shadowed for research. But I struggled to finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-08-2019

Overrated middle class tosh

Utter misery from the get go. An anticlimactic spitball of pretentious vomit. My first and last encounter with McEwan.

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  • Diane
  • 24-01-2017

Not a story but a diary

Not my kind of story. But I thought the narrative was excellent.
A bit boring but the ideas and thoughts of one man. On a Saturday that culminates in an event.

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  • Louise K.
  • 09-05-2016

Good book. Good Narrator

Liked but not loved. Good book. OK narrator. I've had better. Humphrey Bower who reads Bryce Courtenay books is much better. Actors can do accents and voices better.

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