The Second Sleep by Robert Harris audiobook

The Second Sleep: A novel

By Robert Harris
Read by Roy McMillan

Random House Audio 9780525656692
9.36 Hours Unabridged
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From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy--a chilling and dark new thriller unlike anything Robert Harris has done before. 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?      Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes--about himself, his faith, and the history of his world--will be tested to destruction.

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A London Times Pick of Best New Books of the Season

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Longlisted for the Glass Bell Award

From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy--a chilling and dark new thriller unlike anything Robert Harris has done before.

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?
     Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes--about himself, his faith, and the history of his world--will be tested to destruction.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A novel that’s at once an adventure story and a meditation on truth and faith. You’ll never look at your iPhone in quite the same way again.” Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author
“Ingenious . . . The historical thriller hinges on an apocalyptic event and induces a shiver of dread in our present times.” Financial Times (London)
“Roy McMillan is one of our most versatile and accomplished voices…McMillan delivers the kind of steady, finely nuanced performance essential to a good suspense story, in which the narrative tension derives from the calculated withholding and unfolding of detail. Expertly written and expertly performed, this top-notch entertainment finds both author and narrator at the top of their form. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Harris is a master of plotting and, in elegant, understated third-person prose, he ratchets the tension ever upwards. . . . A page-turner.” The Guardian (London)
“Thought-provoking and thrilling in equal parts.” Daily Express (London)
The result is a truly surprising future-history thriller. Fabulous, really. Evening Standard
“Probes the nature of history, of collective memory and forgetting, and exposes the fragility of modern civilization.” The Telegraph (London)
A thoroughly absorbing, page-turning narrative in which the author, with his customary storytelling skills, pulls us ever deeper into the imaginative world he has created. . . . It poses challenging questions about the meaning of the past, the idea of progress and the stability of civilisation. It is a fine addition to Harris’s diverse body of work. . . [Harris] is working in [the] tradition of the British adventure story, which dates back to John Buchan and, arguably, to late-Victorian works by Robert Louis Stevenson and Conan Doyle. The Times (London)
A genre-bending thriller . . . An exploration of a world that is both unfamiliar and as old as time, and of the consequences of our flagrant disregard for the existential perils of our own era. . . . [Harris] has contrived in The Second Sleep to do something rather brilliant and new. He has put us at the heart of the mystery. Whatever disaster has struck the world it has struck because of us, our greed and ambition, our arrogance. We are all responsible. . . . The reader is left with at least as many questions as answers, and most of those questions are directed at ourselves. Clare Clark, The Guardian (London)
Harris takes you on a thrilling ride while serving up serious food for thought. The Mirror
“Harris’s bleak imagined world issues a clarion call to the present, urging us to recognize the value of progress…Harris is a master of plotting and, in elegant, understated third-person prose, he ratchets the tension ever upwards.” The Observer (London)

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Author Bio: Robert Harris

Author Bio: Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of twelve novels, many of which have reached the New York Times bestseller list. Several of his books have been adapted to film, including The Ghost Writer. He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. His novels have sold more than ten million copies and been translated into thirty languages.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers
Runtime: 9.36
Audience: Adult
Language: English