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Publisher's Summary

Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire.
Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father too ashamed to acknowledge his son. A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull.
Soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of connection – some key to understanding what makes us the people we become. Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks’s dazzling novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. From the pain and drama of these highly particular lives emerges a mysterious consolation: the chance to feel your heart beat in someone else’s life.
©2012 Norland Enterprises Ltd (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

“It’s rare to see an established writer broaden his range. A tightly written, moving and exciting work of fiction that deserves success, it 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.” (Daily Telegraph)
“The novel engages you from page one… Each (character) is evoked with such heart-stopping immediacy that the result is extremely moving as well as fascinating.” (Reader’s Digest)
“Critics often underestimate Faulks’s versatility: his protean restlessness, half disguised by mainstream bestsellerdom… All these ‘possible’ lives, as they echo and overlap like Anya’s own motifs, add up (I suspect) to a portrait of the artist as he approaches 60.” (Independent)
“An investigation into the nature of shared human experience…it does what any good novel should - it unsettles, it moves, and it forces us to question who we are.” (The Sunday Times)
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By Chris on 11-27-12

For me it was not up to Faulk,s high standard

What did you like best about A Possible Life? What did you like least?

Having read nearly all his works, and really enjoyed 90% particularly On Green Dolphin Street and Charlotte Grey I sadly found this one off the pace.

No real complaint, 90% complete satisfaction is a target few author hit.

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By Pauline on 09-18-12

A Little Depressing

Five short stories all with the same theme, so possibly creating a whole. They were compelling and well narrated, but by the end I was thoroughly depressed! I think it fair to say that most people will experience a missed opportunity during their lifetime, but these handful of protagonists really made a meal of it. I prefer my reading to end on an up-beat.

Having said all this, I would still recommend this book, Sebastian Faulks is a superb writer, however, I wish I hadn't listened to them all in one go!

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By Borbála on 10-03-12

A beautiful treat!

This is the first I've "read" from Sebastian Faulks and it has completely captivated me. I will have to spend at least one or two more credits on him in the near future. I never buy an audio book if I don't like the narration in the sample and this one was a bit of a gamble, as there's a different narrator for each story and you only get to hear one of the five in the sample. All five narrators, however, were excellent. Such amazing beauty, such insight and detail of characters, such compelling and vivid narration too from all the voices! Maybe with just one exception of the third story "Everything can be explained". I found that this one did not sound quite as convincing for me as the other four, some elements of it felt a bit contrived with the narration being a little dry. They could have got someone that can speak Italian and pronounce the names properly too. But in spite of all this, even here there was so much thought and such deep insight from different angles too, so it never felt dogmatic. And as for the other four novellas, I have simply not found any fault with them at all. This is the kind of read I especially like listening to and let myself be carried away by the amazing character in the voices and accents of the actors.

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