Dreams Before the Start of Time

  • by Anne Charnock
  • Narrated by Susan Duerden, Derek Perkins
  • 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a near-future London, Millie Dack places her hand on her belly to feel her baby kick, resolute in her decision to be a single parent. Across town, her closest friend - a hungover Toni Munroe - steps into the shower and places her hand on a medic console. The diagnosis is devastating.
In this stunning, bittersweet family saga, Millie and Toni experience the aftershocks of human progress as their children and grandchildren embrace new ways of making babies. When infertility is a thing of the past, a man can create a child without a woman, a woman can create a child without a man, and artificial wombs eliminate the struggles of pregnancy. But what does it mean to be a parent? A child? A family?
Through a series of interconnected vignettes that spans five generations and three continents, this emotionally taut story explores the anxieties that arise when the science of fertility claims to deliver all the answers.

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The emotional distance you feel from the main character in that novel makes sense, and it was a quite unique book. But this novel is about people having/creating babies, forming families, and how thoughts, norms, and technology surrounding the two change over five generations. But Charnock, I think, is a little more interested in ideas and concepts than character development. And since this spans five generations in seven hours, there are way too many to characters to fully develop them and to keep them completely straight (it would be easier reading than listening). So I didn’t really connect with any of them emotionally.

Still, I was engaged enough to keep listening (on 1.25 speed). The writing was solid as was the audio narration.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio