Brand New Ancients

  • by Kate Tempest
  • Narrated by Kate Tempest
  • 1 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry.
Kate Tempest is one of the most exciting and innovative performers to have emerged in spoken-word poetry in many years; her dramatic poem "Brand New Ancients" won the prestigious Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry. Tempest's wholly unique blend of street poetry, rap, and storytelling - combined with the spellbinding delivery of an open-air revivalist - has won her legions of followers all over the UK. Her remarkable stage presence is wholly audible in this poem, a spoken story written to be told with live music.
"Brand New Ancients" is the tale of two families and their intertwining lives, set against the background of the city and braided with classical myth. Here, Tempest shows how the old myths still live on in our everyday acts of violence, bravery, sacrifice and love - and that our lives make tales no less dramatic and powerful than those of the old gods .

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An extraordinary experience

What made the experience of listening to Brand New Ancients the most enjoyable?

More -- much more -- than a reading or a narration, Kate Tempest has produced, along with her musicians, audio performance art of a kind unique in the annals of audible.


What other book might you compare Brand New Ancients to and why?

Is it rap? Is it chant? Is it a song? It is epic and so rightly musical and mythic. As the title suggests, this book is Homeric.


Which character – as performed by Kate Tempest – was your favorite?

We are meant to love Tommy and Glory . . . And I did.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's been a long time since I have bothered to write a review at audible -- not that I haven't enjoyed most of the volumes in my library. But Brand New Ancients demanded I make my reaction public. It is the single best audio book I have ever heard.


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- James "emmacrabtree"

Amazing new talent

This girl has something to say and I feel so deeply moved and honored to have the privilege to listen. I will not see the world the same having listened -- that is true art; that is what makes us gods.
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- anne saunders

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2014
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd