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Publisher's Summary

2017 Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

'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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great story

Nice job of turning gender bias and inequality on it's head. Captivating storyline and well narrated. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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Next Big Thing

I loved this book. Genuinely gutted when it ended. The characters were fascinating, the premise was well thought through, the story was performed with flair and drama. It felt more like a play than an audio book. Totally recommend.

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I wish there was a way to un-listen this book

A story written by a 6 year old author who mixed all the known dystopian ingredients while adding the gender debate to spice it up!

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Great concept but lacked depth

Some great passages, and a great exploration of the concept. Would love to hear what happened next. Some chapters were a little tacky or too dramatic, particularly conversations.
The big downer was the accents - they were pretty bad and detracted from storyline.

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Amazing in every way

Beautiful production, astonishing book. Fantastic writing and performances. Much to think about and admire here.

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Amazing!

Kept me hooked in. Food for thought. Powerful novel. The characters are well developed and very strong. I was able to connect to many of them in different ways. An interesting mix of history and fiction. A must read.

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READ THIS

This book was at first, a brilliant HA! FEELZ BRO type story. Then it went and blew my mind because it is so true.
10/10 must read

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Loved every minute of this book!!

Wow, what a tale of reverse reality. Such an engaging and mesmerising book. I had the book and audio because I could not get enough. The voices portrayed the story so we'll. I totally see this as a mini series and have my fingers crossed for more.
oh and love the last sentence - Eye rolling emoji of 'oh my god, right?'.
Should be in the high school reading curriculum for sure! xk.

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  • Mirte
  • Melbourne
  • 09-06-2018

Looooved it!

Such a brilliant and unique story! I love Naomi's brain! Loved reading it from all the different perspectives of the characters. Loved following them along there path, seeing them evolve and grow. Brilliantly narrated, impossible to put down and leaves you with the same critical eye on our current social structures and human behaviour as The Handmaids Tale.

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Perfect narrator to a great book!

Fantastic narrator! The tone, accents, and timing were a perfect accompaniment to this book and its characters. I really enjoyed the story as well; it was thought-provoking, subversive, timely, and delivered some heartbreaking moments that give your head a spin. My only criticism would be the "romance" scenes, which just seemed overly descriptive, pointless to the story overall, and unnecessary to the characters as a whole. Aside from that minor bit, The Power is definitely worth a listen.

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  • Tim
  • 09-01-2018

Entertaining story, nice structure, perfect performance

Story flows easily and in an addictive way despite a series of characters (and perspectives) that never meet. Performance is perfect. The different characters come to life, adding richness to the story

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  • Mrs Charlotte Gaeta
  • 22-02-2017

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!

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  • blewp1977
  • 17-02-2017

a clever and provocative narrative

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

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  • jo
  • 18-12-2016

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.

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  • AandL272
  • 26-02-2017

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.

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  • Raine
  • 29-12-2016

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.

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  • bookylady
  • 27-03-2017

Wow! A shocking, visceral novel.Loved every minute

Any additional comments?

It is hard to do justice in a few lines to the amazing nature of this book. Naomi Alderman's vision of a world where women hold power over men through an astonishing physiological mechanism, is both terrifying and electrifying. The Power is about use and misuse of power, what sexual dominance actually means, how a shift in power can produce world-altering results and how power corrodes humanity and the psychology of relationships. The characters are wonderfully written and the attention to detail is fantastic. The plot is absorbing and full of twists and turns. Every female and male character adds to the story and brings it to a thought-provoking end. This is a novel that made me wince, laugh, cry and feel very uncomfortable at times. But it also held me spellbound, caught in a story I didn't want to end. Interestingly, as a female, I found many of the female characters unlikeable and deeply disturbing and I am still trying to work out why that was. This book will stay with me for a long time and I am desperate to discuss it with female friends.
The narration was fantastic.

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  • Lisa
  • 12-01-2017

Great narration and engaging story

Please get Adjoa Andoh to narrate all of the books on audible. Her narration is engaging beyond belief, and she inhabits each character uniquely. With regards to the story itself, I very much enjoyed the idea of turning the genre structure of our current society inside out with the help of a novel within a novel set 1000s of years in the future. Looking forward to more from Naomi Alderman.

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  • Maya Connell
  • 09-01-2017

Okay, yes, oddly stared...

So... I really enjoyed this, but as a whole piece! There were certainly sections that frustrated me, or I did not understand why they were integral to the whole arc of the story- even if they might be interesting . Some of the actors voices also drove me a little mad but overall and for the 'main' characters I found her enjoyable to listen too. As a whole story, as a comment on society and a almost parallel universe idea it was sound and extremely enjoyable. This book did leave me thinking about the world differently which is what all good books should do.
Highly recommend!

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  • Asper
  • 26-01-2017

Awesome, in the true sense of the word

Would you listen to The Power again? Why?

Yes. The story is both compelling and well written, and the Adjoa Andoh is easily one of the best narrators I've heard.

What did you like best about this story?

The tenacity of the plot; prologue and epilogue serve as a heady contrast to the main body of the work, especially in audiobook format.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It's difficult to say without spoling the plot. There are so many viewpoints and reflections of our patriarchal society, it really is something to listen to. This book would be an excellent read for teenagers of both sexes.

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

Easily.

Any additional comments?

Alderman takes a subject currently under much discussion - that of whether gender is innate, or even an undeniable factor in how people are in themselves, and how they treat each other; or if we are all people, some of the female sex and some of the male, all capable of the same highs and lows.

I am so very glad this book didn't trek down the well travelled road of females being more nurturing, more caring; that a matriarchal society would be inherently better. After all, the sex of ones brain is not biologically discrete from the rest of ones body; and although society likes to think so, men and women are only physically different. The most compelling thing, for me, were the many moments of 'what if' triggered whilst listening to this.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Rose
  • 30-01-2018

Don’t like it that’s all

The reading wasn’t bad but really, I can’t finish this. it bored me from the beginning. Feminism dressed up as science fiction thogh maybe I didn’t give it long enough to get going. it sounds like a documentary trying to be a novel. Too many ‘i say’ ‘she says’ and ‘he says’ for my liking. I just can’t get in to it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful