• Under the Skin

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-15-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (20 ratings)

Regular price: $15.98

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Publisher's Summary

An incredibly powerful and unsettling thriller, here is the audio edition of Michel Faber’s debut novel, read by Gerri Halligan.
Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built, and alone?
An utterly unpredictable and macabre mystery, Michel Faber's debut is an outstanding piece of fiction that will stay with you long after you have finished listening.
©2012 Michel Faber (P)2012 Canongate Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Russell on 12-10-14

Very well done

Enjoyed the story. The narrator was excellent, very good use of different accents and intonations.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Susannah on 03-18-14

Enthralling macabre story...unexpectedly good read

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I have recommended it to my book club to stretch us out of our usual comfort zone. The subject matter is macabre and unsavoury, but it's a bit like a road accident...you know you don't want to look but find yourself rubbernecking anyway.

What other book might you compare Under the Skin to and why?

Cannot compare as it is the first I have read of this style

What three words best describe Gerri Halligan’s performance?

Competent, engaging, clear.

Could you see Under the Skin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Scarlett Johanssen is already being cast in the lead of the movie I think.

Any additional comments?

Worth stepping outside your normal reading comfort zone for this story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaggy on 05-03-14

A haunting and heartbreaking story

This is a brilliant book. It is sad and bleak but it managed to grip my attention from the very beginning. The dreary and monotonous A road is vividly described along with the majestic beauty of the Scottish landscape. The main character may not deserve sympathy but you can still emphasise with her physical pain and profound loneliness. This is a story about exploitation and how it de-humanises the victims and the perpetrators. There are parts that I found upsetting and I wished they had turned out differently. I'm glad however that Michel Faber steered his own unique path and the result is a tale that has haunted me for days.

The narration was excellent. I particularly liked the slightly Nordic accent of the heroine which fitted in so well with the landscape.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Annette Wright on 09-13-13

Not sure what to make of this book

I bought this following a recommendation from a friend. I struggled to get into it from the beginning and found I had to keep putting it aside to listen to something else. I get the commentary the story is trying to convey but I struggled with the execution. I can't really explain what I mean by that without potentially giving something away about he plot. The story itself was an interesting one. I found the main character difficult to like though and that made it difficult to stick with. She became more likable as the story progressed though. I certainly wouldn't advise against reading/listening to this but equally I'm not sure I can recommend it either. I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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3 out of 5 stars
By C.J.R Flanagan on 02-03-14

Buy the paperback instead!

Although the story was quite enjoyable, I had to stop listening with 4hrs 36mins left on the recording. The sole reason for this was the cringe worthy attempt at Scottish accents for male characters by a female, English narrator. It became painful to listen to at times, so much so that I found it necessary to sacrifice the rest of the story (which I had become very interested in completing) in order to abort mission and listen to the radio instead.

I will however order the paperback in order to see the story through. Faber has done a wonderful job of creating a setting for what is shaping up to be a very dark and unpredictable story. I am very much looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By MR NICHOLAS J EVEN on 01-22-15

Wierd - not good for the soul

This is a bizarre read and was recommended by an avid sci-fi reader. I don't think it is the type of story that I would like to hear about or talk about. I pretty much picked it toward the end of chapter 2 that the main character Islie drives around profiling hitchhikers to be anesthetised, and surgically turned into "pigs" for sale ... I didn't finish it - just not the kind of thing I would want to encourage out in our world...

In all fairness the narrator has done very well with the Scottish accents from my perspective despite what I have read in other reviews.

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