Thomas Keneally's political allegory follows a writer who must produce a great propagandist novel to please the dictator or else suffer the consequences. This fictional thriller is set in a world purposely similar to Iraq or Afghanistan. Paul English's performance is thoughtful and stark. His British accent lends the tone formality and his clear enunciation engages listeners in this investigation of totalitarianism. Keneally is also the author of Schindler's List; fans of these kinds of hard-hitting, ethically complicated stories will enjoy The Tyrant's Novel.
Trapped behind barbed wire in an alien land, a man used to guarding his secrets is compelled to set the record straight....
Imagine a faraway country that was once a friend of the West becoming the enemy, its people isolated and savagely repressed by a tyrant known as Great Uncle. As one of the country's most celebrated writers and a war hero, the storyteller has a better life than most – until he is made an offer he can't refuse. He must write a great novel, telling of the suffering of his people under the enemy's cruel economic sanctions and portraying Great Uncle as their saviour. This masterpiece must be completed in time for its international debut in three months – or else. If the writer cannot – or will not – meet the tyrant's deadline, he and anyone he cares for will pay the ultimate price. Stark, terrifying and utterly compelling, The Tyrant's Novel is both a gripping thriller and a chilling glimpse of a fictional world that seems all too real.
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I did not like this book. I thought the description of the plot was intriguing - and it could have been a good book - but is not. Long before the end you know you should stop listening to this book, unlike me you should heed that feeling as the story never gets any better, insted in just continues to grind your brain into pulp.
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