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I enjoyed this one very much – couldn't stop listening once I started. Hensher's a smooth, but not mechanical, plotter, and has a lovely eye for rural detail. I liked all his characters, even the quite dastardly ones, and felt with them throughout. Just the kind of state-of-England novel I was in the mood for, not as formally or stylistically inventive as Martin Amis (thank goodness for that), nor as ultimately forgettable as J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, to which Badgers bears several uncanny resemblances in its setting and manner (it was published quite a few years before, I should add).
Mike Rogers was the perfect reader, just the right wry tone, and (though I'm no authority) a goodly range in accents – Yorkshire, West Country, generic gentry, bolshy teenager. I recommend it without qualification.
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If you could sum up King of the Badgers in three words, what would they be?
Complex, contemporary, intelligent.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Sam the cheesemonger, because I readily identified with him - as an urbane gay man vegetating in a dismal semi-rural setting.
What does Mike Rogers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Nothing specific; although he is an excellent narrator with a good command of dialect. As a result of hearing it read, I do in fact intend to purchase the book, so I can re-experience its layered complexity in a non-linear way.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Any attempt to film the book would distort it beyond recognition. Literature does some things infinitely better.
Any additional comments?
I don't think the gay sex scenes (few in number) are terribly graphic. The lady in Boots and I obviously have widely differing lifestyles.
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