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First of all, the narration is really, really great.
The story starts out really slow as it eases its way under your skin. At some point it just grabs you and at times is very touching. It gets increasingly hard to put down. I can see why other reviewers might give up before that happens. If you are looking for a "slam-bang roller coaster ride" - skip this one.
Immediately after finishing, I had to go back and listen to the first hour or so again to put everything in context. It made so much more sense the second time through that part.
This story will be stuck in my head for quite some time to come. I'm looking forward to the next Nick Harkaway book already (whatever that might be).
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One often fears what happens when a favorite novelist decides he has something to say: something personal, something political or religious, something other than story. You're afraid the resulting novel will lose the free-form sense of wonderment that made the previous novels so exceptional. Will you be left with an elaborate moral essay? No matter how well-written or correct, such a work would nonetheless, be a bit of a letdown.
But this is Nick Harkaway we're talking about. No one juggles Life's Big Questions with story arch the way he does. But while spinning unforgettable stories populated by unforgettable characters, his two previous novels were clearly more about brain than heart. He nimbly teased us with moral quandaries amid plot twists racing towards a can't-stop-reading-now climax. Tigerman is different. It offers no doomsday machine or crazy substance that separates matter from what we know about matter. It does, however, have a huge heart. And, I'm happy to report that Harkaway's storytelling talent hasn't suffered under the burden of a tale with more emotional heft than brilliant plot devices. Tigerman is a different type of Harkaway novel, but just as good as anything else he's written.
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I liked the mix of plot elements - hubris, nature fiighting back by outevolving us, the manipulated hero. Great fun.
What did you like best about Tigerman? What did you like least?
I liked the core concept, and the main character was attractively drawn. However, the story never really came together for me, and the slightly arch and surreal approach to the setting and action jarred. I couldn't quite believe in it all. And the ensuing left me cold. It was like a rough draft of an Iain Banks novel. Writing is competent though, and the performance by Matt Bates is excellent.
Would you be willing to try another book from Nick Harkaway? Why or why not?
I'd be curious to see if this is representative of his style, so maybe.
Which character – as performed by Matt Bates – was your favourite?
The central character. Nicely done.
Do you think Tigerman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No. It's a self enclosed story to my mind.
Any additional comments?
An idea with potential, never quite realised for me.
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