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Vividly written, with thoughtful, perfectly timed narration from Julian Elfer, "Submergence" will stick with me for a long time.
The theme here is depth. Whether it's inward and personal, or literal oceanic depths, the characters are in a constant reckoning; the firsthand experience of global terrorism, love, marine biology, the past and the now.
We first meet James in a windowless room in Somalia, keeping as far from his cardboard covered latrine as he can. His claustrophobic space forces him deeper into his thoughts and memories and his quest to keep a grasp on both dignity and reason.
His great love is Danny, a multi-national Biomathematician. Confident and alone, she's singled out by her background and her intelligence.
Their memories of their fateful meeting in a French hotel keep the book buoyant and is truly thrilling to listen to.
J. M. Ledgard sets the scenes craftily. He conveys the sights and social nuance of place with historical accuracy to build philosophical questions brought up by the intricacies of global life.
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Would you listen to Submergence again? Why?
There were so many jewels, pithy insights along the way there was no way to fully absorb them in one listen
What was one of the most memorable moments of Submergence?
The constant circling back to a previous or subsequent moment of a scene that deepened another reality
Which scene was your favorite?
There were far to many to single out one
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Light in the heart of darkness
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