- Narrated by: Steve West
- Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-08-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself - shadowed and luminous at once - we follow the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel.
In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel.
But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey - through facts, recollection, and imagination - that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.
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By R. Hughes on 06-10-18
I loved every single thing about this book. The gorgeous prose. The people inhabiting the story. The pitch perfect narration. I kept slowing down and listening to chapters over just to extend the book and savor every morsel one more time. Perfection.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Linda on 06-03-18
I am always awed by the prose of Mr Odaatje. This book is an incredible example of his writing style, and perfectly narrated by Steve West. The story is an unwinding tale of wonderful intriguing character connections, with post World War ll as a backdrop. Part mystery, part romance, and an overall seeking of connection. A MUST READ!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful