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The Second Sleep

Autor: Robert Harris
Sprecher: Roy McMillan
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 21 Min.
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All civilisations think they are invulnerable. History warns us none is. 

1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? 

As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.  

©2019 Robert Harris (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Good story, well told

Apart from a fast flowing tale it is also food for thought. And the twist at the end... Brilliant.

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A vehicle of a book

The 1st book I ever read where the cast is filling a paper cut role to convey a message. A new kind of fable without animals and as long as a novel. The quality of the story is great however. Rich characters and a scene just like a summer nights dream. Utterly enthralling disturbingly true.

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Interesting idea, but execution a bit lacking

Set in a post apocalyptic world, after humanity has risen again to a state resembling the 16th century, we witness the adventure of one priest of the true fate being corrupted and trying to uncover more of the past then the church permits.

Interesting setting, but plot is a bit lacking overall.

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Excellent idea for a story, well told.

A super idea for a story. It really makes one think at many different levels. I can only reccomend this as an almost perfect book.

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Very thrilling story

I fancy the mixture of history and sci-fi.
So I overlooked the fact that in the 15th century no-one smoked a pipe yet, people did not use handkerchiefs and clocks only existed - if at all - in steeples.

Sorry for spoiling. I wrote the first review during the third chapter.

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Outstanding.

This is beautiful plotted and constructed. The audio performance is also first rate. Highly recommended.

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Foreseeable Harris-Plot gone Post-Apocalyptic

Whilst his Cicero was stupendously written, the journalist Harris when having to come up with a plot of his own merely varies his time-tested (and admittedly best-selling) template of 'young man stumbling over ghastly global conspiracy’. Hence if one knows his ‘Ghost’ or ‘Fatherland’ …
In the post-apocalyptic medieval genre Mark Lawrence’s ‘Prince of Thorns’ (cynical, gory and much for inventive) and its related novels, namely the complementary yet subtly humorous 'Prince of Fools' trilogy, outclass this ‘Harris, as usual’ by far and in every respect.

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Different

Do not expect historical fiction. Plot is more Arthur C Clarke like. However: Worth reading.

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