Under the Skin

  • by Michel Faber
  • Narrated by Fiona Hardingham
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hailed as “original and unsettling, an Animal Farm for the new century” (Wall Street Journal), this debut novel lingers long after the last page has been turned.
A “fascinating psychological thriller” (Baltimore Sun), this entrancing novel introduces Isserley, a female driver who scouts the Scottish Highlands for male hitchhikers with big muscles. She herself is tiny—like a kid peering up over the steering wheel. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening,  Isserley listens to her passengers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them should they disappear—and then she strikes. What happens to her victims next is only part of a terrifying reality.
At once humane and horrifying, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory: our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion. A grotesque and comical allegory and a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok, Under the Skin was internationally received as the arrival of an exciting talent, rich and assured.

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What the Critics Say

“A fascinating book…The fantastic is so nicely played against the day-to-day that one feels the strangeness of both…Remarkable.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Faber constructs a compelling, unusual tale about species difference and the limits of compassion. Under the Skin blends elements of science fiction, grotesque comedy, horror, and thriller into a genre-jumping meditation.” (Washington Post Book World)
“Original and unsettling, an Animal Farm for the new century…Michel Faber is a strong, moral voice, and this first novel promises great things for the future.” (Wall Street Journal)

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Most Helpful

Ugghh -- Seriously Awful

I saw this after seeing the film version (which I found enigmatic and thought provoking, despite being slow in places and having a weak ending).

The film version was significantly different than the book, but the book was just tedious and unimaginative. It lacked moodiness and artistry, and was just a chore to have to listen to, but I persevered.

Tedious dialogue, unimaginative aliens, tedious repetition of events ad nauseum. I couldn't recommend this to anyone.
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- Robert R. "Bohemian Bon Vivant"

Don't read this!

I'm as twisted as the next person but this book is deeply disturbing, pointless and offers no closure.
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- Patricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.