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The Wall

Narrated by: Will Poulter
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
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Narrated by BAFTA-winning actor Will Poulter.  

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. 

The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else. 

He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn't it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life? 

John Lanchester's thrilling, hypnotic new novel is about why the young are right to hate the old. It's about a broken world you will recognise as your own-and about what might be found when all is lost.   

©2019 Orlando Books Limited (P)2019 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Great story/plot

I must say before I get into the review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The post apocalyptic world I’d imagine is extremely hard to write for predominantly because there’s so many books about it out there, and I know it can be really difficult coming up with original ideas. The storyline just sucked me in and made me want to keep listening to find out what happens.

However. I feel like the book was far too short and felt almost hollow. In my opinion, there was so much that could’ve gone into the different parts, so many places left open. I felt like the book could have been expanded to two or even three books with so much detail and plot available.
John, I don’t know if you read these, but you’ve made an amazing book with great original content and characters. I hope that you expand on his universe some day as I’d love to know more about it.
Regards
Jaydan

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  • Christian R. Unger
  • 18-04-2019

Wow, just wow

I have no doubt the end would have been less powerful had I known it was about to end but yeah. Amazing book that has an interesting structure or evolution of the world and characters. For example initially you don’t know it is Britain, but toward the end they refer to locations and eventually use the name, but it builds a sense of the unknown in the world.

Not a book for those that want to discuss how the distopia arose but then few titles do that. Less 1984 and more ... hmm ... Anthem, in that it deals with the daily life seen through the eyes of the narrator, without explaining the government or many of the why. (So, not that aspect of Anthem then).

It’s slow but constantly builds, it’s predictable but still surprising and yeah ... the climax and ending is something else.

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  • SJ Smith
  • 01-02-2019

Highly recommended.

John Lanchester's book is very topical with themes such as migration and humanity set in a dystopian future changed by the climate and scarcity of resources. It is brought to life by the excellent narration/acting of Will Poulter who is a good fit for the protagonist, Kavanagh. I was also impressed by Will Poulter's varied range of voices which he has given to the other characters. This made the audiobook easy to follow and enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommended!

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  • Miko
  • 20-01-2019

Good listen, but lacking subtlety

Set in the not too distant future, The Wall takes place in a dystopian version of the UK where the populace is conscripted into service on the The National Coastal Defence Structure, colloquially known as ‘The Wall’. It takes current-day issues—climate change, immigration/asylum, nationalism—and presents them to us through a protagonist whose world is just different enough from ours that you can understand how he grew up to accept the defects of his world without question. In this, Lanchester works the magic of speculative fiction, giving us the cautionary tale, allowing us to glimpse a slightly skewed reflection of our world, showing us that this could well be the bottom of the slippery slope we are descending. It’s an entirely readable and enjoyable addition to the dystopian genre, but it lacks the subtlety and complexity that comes with the best of speculative fiction and the characters could have been more fully realised. The protagonist was developed enough to create a sense of empathy, but while the supporting characters were identifiable as individuals, for the most part, I had no sense of what propelled them and that made them seem somewhat lightly sketched.

I was impressed by Will Poulter’s narration. It’s the first book I’ve heard him read and I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to another.

All in all not a bad addition to my audible library and I'd recommend it if you're looking for an entertaining dystopian listen, just best not to go into it expecting ground-breaking new ideas or predictions for our future.

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  • Hoops
  • 17-02-2019

Chilling tale

An all too probable eco dystopian tale. Many echoes with current Brexit tensions especially over immigration. Compulsive listening.

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  • nev kidd
  • 08-02-2019

Sensational story made even better by Will Poulter

This book is a well paced, thought provoking work of genius. The dystopian world Lenchester takes you too is simplistic and complex at the same time. the characters are well rounded and the whole story is highly addictive.

this coupled with the brilliant narration of Will Poulter, makes The Wall one not to miss

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  • Lewis
  • 10-02-2019

For fans of 1984, Children of Men, The Road, etc

If you like dystopian fiction, then you will love this. Truly Sci fi for 2019.

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  • Caz
  • 28-02-2019

great narration - even better story!

smashed through this as my first ever audio book, I pray they're all this good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-2019

Brilliant read!

A future dystopian Britain narrated by Kavanagh. Breathtaking and original. Ends on a hopeful note.

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 18-02-2019

Strong first half in a frightening dystopia

Stronger first half in a dystopia that is incredibly relevant and frightening.

Narrated by Kavanagh, the bleakness of his world is apparent from the offset. It's our world, with walls and all, such a pertinent topic in 2019... everyone must take their turn guarding the country on a Wall against the Others, those wanting to infiltrate his society.

Spending days and days on duty, Kavanagh gives us an insight into a society where fear of the outsider trumps all others, where even parents are resented for not having had to patrol in their turn.

We see training, the boredom of duty, the confusion and pain of attacks, the comradeship that develops between the Defenders.

I preferred the first half that featured all of the above, the second half, a lot happens and Kavanagh's situation changes rapidly and depressingly. There are more points to be made earlier on.

This was an audio read for me, and I found it a fascinating listen, almost a diary, and the first person perspective made it a straightforward listen. Will Poulter gave Kavanaugh a youthful yet jaded voice.

Bleak, despondent, but still a relevant and thoughtful story.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • William L Belfield
  • 05-02-2019

Dystopian Britain

If you like stories written in a single person narrative then this is for you.

Stuck with it but I do prefer a rich tapestry of characters and their story.

Presents a 21st century post war Britain with a ring of concrete around it manned by armed recruits , one mission - repel "others" coming from the sea, fail and you join the band of others and are cast out to sea.

Doesn't really infer what the event was that lead to the wall, nor the approximate timeline but guess it's near future.

The central character Cavanagh is a typical mid 20s male, not a career soldier but a recruit doing a soldiers job.

The story details the events of 12 hr shifts manning the wall and a handful of events leading to an attack.

The story is OK,doesn't sensationalise war or government, and is a bit protracted and miserable at times, few if any ROFL moments.

Worth a read/listen , worth a reread in a few years, maybe if Donald Trump has his wall !

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  • O P R Donaghy
  • 08-05-2019

Some words missing

Great book.

Some sentences with missed words which was really frustrating. Don’t know whether this was a problem with the App or the download.