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Publisher's Summary

The stunning companion to Kate Atkinson's number-one best seller Life After Life, "one of the best novels I've read this century" (Gillian Flynn).
"He had been reconciled to death during the war and then suddenly the war was over and there was a next day and a next day. Part of him never adjusted to having a future."
Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances and the power of choices, following Ursula Todd as she lived through the turbulent events of the last century over and over again.
A God in Ruins tells the dramatic story of the 20th century through Ursula's beloved younger brother, Teddy - would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather - as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have.
An ingenious and moving exploration of one ordinary man's path through extraordinary times, A God in Ruins proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.
©2015 Kate Atkinson (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"[N]arrator Alex Jennings is a master. From the opening lines, his impeccable British accent establishes the scene and captures the persona of the main character, Teddy, and the rest of the diverse cast. Jennings's clear diction and pace advance the action through richly detailed accounts of Teddy's adventures as a WWII bomber pilot as well as quieter dramas of his daily life and family relationships." ( AudioFile)
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By Tamara on 07-03-16

Elegant, thought provoking work

I have never in my life finished a book and then immediately started reading/listening to it again. But that is exactly what happened last week when I finished listening to "A God in Ruins." I did not want to let go of these characters, and I wanted to go back and find any small thing I might have missed along the journey of this story. And I have to say, the writing and the story were just as compelling the second time around.

My enjoyment was also hugely enhanced by Alex Jennings' perfect and invisible narration. This guy can read a book!

There is so much in this book-- an engaging multi-generational family story, war history and its aftermath, beautiful language and imagery, humor, love, tragedy, and horror-- Kate Jackson has given us a stunner of a novel, and Alex Jennings' performance brings it all to life.

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By Janna Wong Healy on 10-27-15


Full disclosure: I am not a diehard Kate Atkinson fan. I've read some of her past works and they just doesn't engage me like they do other readers. That said, I did like the setting and main character of this latest story. Teddy is a wonderful man, a hero in my mind, and someone I would love to sit and a chat with. He is almost the same age as my father, who also flew bombing raids (to Japan, not Europe) and I saw similarities in their behavior when they returned home from the war.

If only the entire novel were about Teddy but instead, we are treated to a storyline involving Viola, the obnoxious and awful daughter of Teddy and his wife Nancy. She is thoroughly unlikable and I hated spending so much time in her company when I could have been spending it with Teddy instead.

The story winds through many decades and ends in a satisfactory manner for most of the characters. But, it was a long road.

The narrator, Alex Jennings, did a wonderful job of capturing the energy and voices of so many of the characters.

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