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Lots of interesting ideas around time travel, introduced not by bald explanations but implied by the characters and story. Kept me hungry right to the last minute.
The narrator did an excellent job of voicing the multiple characters (some speaking in first person).
Overall very glad to have listened (guardian review) and eager for more from the author
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The Tourist, by Robert Dickinson, is a brilliant work of science-fiction; and yet, it is so much more than just an average book of pop sci-fi. That explains why it gets much fewer stars than those it really deserves in the reviews: a typical fan of sci-fi apparently does not feel comfortable when confronted with such an atypical work of sci-fi.
The Tourist is, first and foremost, a multilayered critique of so many things that so many people (self-proclaimed non-conformists sci-fi fans included) hold dear. For one thing, Dickinson’s refined contempt of our beloved conveniences and fascinations is a piquant treat for any trained palate. Other than that, The Tourist is a sophisticated (and not, yet again, a “mindboggling”), a caustic (and not just a “witty”), an amusing (and not for funk's sake an “entertaining”), a sui generis (and not another one “slipstream”) novel. All in all, The Tourist, by Robert Dickinson, is anything but yet another folk-sci-fi book from the steadily growing bulk of relevant publications.
I am looking forward to seeing the rest of Robert Dickinson’s novels in the Audible’s catalogue.
What made the experience of listening to The Tourist the most enjoyable?
I bought this book because it is narrated by Peter Kenny the best actor recording audiobooks today. As I expected his performance was outstanding.
What other book might you compare The Tourist to, and why?
This is a completely original story and not for the faint of heart or those who don't like solving the mystery themselves. The only book/movie I can compare it to is "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell since like that book you have to read the entire thing, keep the narrative straight in your head, then as you re-read the genius becomes apparent.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Everything about the 2nd listen was enjoyable. I was a bit lost on the first listen. The 2nd time though I had many "aha" moments and made copious notes. That type of commitment might throw some listeners off but I absolutely loved playing Columbo and cracking this case.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
"So nice you need to read it twice"
Any additional comments?
This is an audiobook on "hard mode" Dickinson does the opposite of hand holding the reader. He throws the reader in the deep and and makes them solve the mystery themselves. This is a mind bending time travel/conspiracy story. As I began to understand it I got chills. Completely unique. For those scratching their heads you can read my spoiler/FAQ review Goodreads (top review for the book)