A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks audiobook

A Possible Life

By Sebastian Faulks
Read by Samuel West , Christian Rodska , Lucy Briers , Sian Thomas , and Rupert Degas

Dreamscape 9780805097306
10.12 Hours 1
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In Second World War Poland, a young prisoner closes his eyes and pictures going to bat on a sunlit English cricket ground. Across the yard of a Victorian poorhouse, a man is too ashamed to acknowledge the son he gave away. In a nineteenth century French village, an old servant understands, suddenly and with awe, the meaning of the Bible story her master is reading to her. On a summer evening in the Catskills in 1971, a skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar and with a song that will send shivers through her listeners' skulls. A few years from now, in Italy, a gifted scientist discovers links between time and the human brain and between her lover's novel and his life. Throughout the five masterpieces of fiction that make up A Possible Life, exquisitely drawn and unforgettable characters risk their bodies, hearts and minds in pursuit of the manna of human connection. Between soldier and lover, parent and child, servant and master, and artist and muse, important pleasures and pains are born of love, separations and missed opportunities. These interactions, whether successful or not, also affect the long trajectories of characters' lives. Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks' dazzling new novel journeys across continents and centuries not only to entertain with superb old-fashioned storytelling but to show that occasions of understanding between humans are the one thing that defines us, and that those moments, however fluid, are the one thing that endures.

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Summary

Summary

Selected for the December 2012 Indie Next List

In Second World War Poland, a young prisoner closes his eyes and pictures going to bat on a sunlit English cricket ground.

Across the yard of a Victorian poorhouse, a man is too ashamed to acknowledge the son he gave away.

In a nineteenth century French village, an old servant understands, suddenly and with awe, the meaning of the Bible story her master is reading to her.

On a summer evening in the Catskills in 1971, a skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar and with a song that will send shivers through her listeners' skulls.

A few years from now, in Italy, a gifted scientist discovers links between time and the human brain and between her lover's novel and his life.

Throughout the five masterpieces of fiction that make up A Possible Life, exquisitely drawn and unforgettable characters risk their bodies, hearts and minds in pursuit of the manna of human connection. Between soldier and lover, parent and child, servant and master, and artist and muse, important pleasures and pains are born of love, separations and missed opportunities. These interactions, whether successful or not, also affect the long trajectories of characters' lives.

Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks' dazzling new novel journeys across continents and centuries not only to entertain with superb old-fashioned storytelling but to show that occasions of understanding between humans are the one thing that defines us, and that those moments, however fluid, are the one thing that endures.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Distinctively moving.” Washington Post
“A rueful, pleasurable work, extremely sharp, with true insights into aging and loss.” USA Today
“A tightly written, moving and exciting work of fiction that should thrill established readers as well as win new fans. If you think you know Faulks—or even (and especially) if you haven’t enjoyed his previous novels—it’s time to look again.” Telegraph
“Filled with such bittersweet wisdom as Faulks’ men and women confront the mysteries of self and others. If these unforgettable characters are in fact connected, it is only in the way we are all connected, forced by time and chance to suffer and change, bound by the heart’s baffling needs.” Dallas Morning News
“Each world is drawn with precision, creating widely varied stories that are intensely absorbing…A contemplation of human existence on the individual level. Highly recommended.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The first story, ‘A Different Man,’ is exceptional, lingering in the listener’s mind well after the story is over (and after the novel, too)…Each part of the novel is read by a different narrator, and each captures the essence of the story well.” SoundCommentary.com

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Author

Author Bio: Sebastian Faulks

Author Bio: Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks’ six previous novels include Birdsong (1993), Charlotte Gray (2000), The Girl at the Lion d’Or (1989), and On Green Dolphin Street (2001). He is also the author of a biographical study, The Fatal Englishman (1996). He lives in London, is married, and has two sons and a daughter.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English